The perfect base to explore the rest of the Kingdom
The capital town of County Kerry, Tralee lies on the southwest coast of Ireland, nestled in a valley that gently slopes 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), flowing just south of the town into Tralee Bay.
Awarded Ireland’s most enterprising town, it 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 at its in-the-round gallery.
The award-winning Kerry County Museum and Medieval Experience is an immersive and interactive step back in time to explore the history and archaeology of Kerry and Ireland over 7000 years. 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, an emigration display and a bird watching area.
The Tralee Bay Wetlands activity and nature centre includes a 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 International Festival held each year in August, one of the largest and longest running festivals in Ireland. Tralee is also host to the Tir na nOg Easter Festival, the Feile na mBlath - Garden Festival, Christy Hennessy Music Festival, Kerry Film Festival and Tralee Food Festival.
At the centre of 30-acre Tralee Town Park, is the spectacularly colourful and beautifully scented Rose Garden with many varieties of roses, manicured lawns and sculptures. A life-sized bronze sculpture by Jeanne Rynhart commemorates the original Rose of Tralee, Mary O’Connor, and her beloved William Pembroke Mulchinock, who penned the famous ballad in her honour. The sculpture stands in the middle of the Rose Wall memorial that contains the name of every young woman from around the globe who has taken part in the Rose of Tralee Festival. You may see one visiting with her own family to find her name on the wall!
Additional activity opportunities can be found at the Arnold Palmer designed Tralee Golf Club, Tralee Equestrian Centre , Kingdom Greyhound Stadium , as well as a pitch and putt and many easy to follow signposted walks.
Tralee town centre boasts a variety of department stores and independent, family-owned shops, as well as restaurants and bars with live music.