Tralee is the capital town of County Kerry, it lies on the southwest coast of Ireland, nestled in a valley, gently sloping westwards to the sea, between the Slieve Mish and Stacks Mountains. It takes its name from the River Lee, in Irish Trá Lí (strand of the River Lee), which flows just south of the town into Tralee Bay. Located 18km from Kerry Airport on N22 and 121km from Shannon Airport on N21.
Tralee is home to Siamsa Tire, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland. Siamsa performs a choice of four superb shows six nights a week during peak summer months. It also hosts concerts, opera, and other theatrical events and international exhibitions in the round gallery.
The award-winning Kerry County Museum and Medieval Experience is a ‘must see’. The museum explores the history and archaeology of Kerry and Ireland over 7000 years. You can travel back in time to the Medieval Ages and stroll through the recreated streets and houses of Tralee in 1450.
The Blennerville Windmill is Ireland’s largest working windmill. In the Visitor Centre you will find an audio-visual presentation as well as an exhibition gallery, craft shop and restaurant. It includes an Emigration Display and a Bird watching area.
One of Tralee’s newest attraction - the Tralee Bay Wetlands is an activity and nature centre. Facilities include a man-made lake with pedal boats and canoes, 2.2km of walks and cycleways, a visitor centre, safari boat rides, 20 metre high viewing tower and a nature zone focusing on the Tralee Bay ecosystem.
Tralee has gained international fame for its annual Rose of Tralee Festival held each August. This is the largest and longest running festival in Ireland. Tralee, also hosts the Tir na nOg Easter Festival, the Feile na mBlath - Garden Festival and Christy Hennessy Music Festival.
Visitors can avail of the Arnold Palmer designed Tralee Golf Course, Tralee Equestrian Centre, the Kingdom Greyhound Racing Stadium, pitch and putt and many signposted walks. The younger visitor has a broad variety of all weather attractions such as the Aqua Dome Waterworld, a children’s play area, Bowling and an eight screen cinema. Tralee is a great shopping town with a variety of restaurants.
In the 30 acre Tralee Town Park, there is a spectacular Rose Garden with fantastic varieties of colourful roses, manicured lawns and sculptures. A life-size bronze sculpture by Jeanne Rynhart commemorates the original Rose of Tralee, Mary O’Connor, and her loved one, William Pembroke Mulchinock, who penned the famous ballad in her honour.