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Tralee

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Tralee is is the largest town in County Kerry. You will find this town in southwest Ireland on the northern side of the neck of the Dingle Peninsula. As of 2016, the town's population consisted of close to 24K,making it the 8th largest town and 14th biggest urban settlement in Ireland. Tralee is popular for their annual Rose of Tralee International Festival, which made its debut in August 1959.

Get in[edit]

Tralee is served by Kerry Airport in Farranfore which has regular flights to Frankfurt-Hahn, London Stansted, London Luton, and Dublin.

By plane[edit]

You can also arrive into any of Ireland's big three airports- Dublin, Cork, and Shannon and still get to Tralee in a relatively short place of time.

Tralee is a:

  • 2 hour drive from Cork Airport.
  • 4 hour drive from Dublin Airport.
  • 2.5 hour drive from Shannon Airport.

By road[edit]

Tralee is also served by a Bus Station and a Train Station, both located on the John Joe Sheehy Road. Both stations have regular buses and trains to Dublin, Cork, Limerick and almost any other place you wish to visit in Ireland.

Here are other routes to utilize as well:

  • Killarney, Co. Kerry - Only a 25 minute drive from Tralee.
  • Dingle, Co. Kerry - Only a 40 minute drive from Tralee.
  • Carrauntoohil - Located an hour from Tralee.
  • Cork City, Co. Cork - 2 Hours from Tralee.
Tralee town centre

Get around[edit]

You could walk around the town on foot. Tralee itself is a historic town with Georgian streets and a mix of modern buildings for a tourist, as well as its location among some of the most beautiful places in Ireland.

Tralee is also served by the local Town's People's Bus which has stops throughout the town centre and serves all of the town and most of its suburbs.

See[edit][add listing]

The Town Park - Especially when the roses are in bloom. Interesting and labelled trees and a clean play area for small children. Closed at night - at irregular hours.

St. John's Church - just off the town park.

Dominican Church - Princes' St

Court House - Ashe Street

Ashe Memorial Hall and Museum - Near the town park on Denny Street

Aqua Dome - Ballyard Road - off Dingle Road

The Blennerville Windmill - Blennervile

Siamsa Tíre - Ireland's National Folk Theatre - Located in the Town Park.

  • St. John's Church of Ireland, (Ashe Street).  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Tralee Town Park
  • Tralee Bay Wetlands, Ballyard, Tralee, +353 (0) 66 7126700, [1].  edit
  • Ballyseedy Wood, Ballyseedy, Tralee, Co. Kerry, [2].  edit
  • Kingdom Greyhound Stadium, Kingdom Greyhound Stadium Oakview, Tralee, Co Kerry, +353 (0) 61 448055, [4].  edit
  • Bowling Buddies, Manor Business Park Manor West, +353 (0) 66 7197007, [5].  edit
  • Kerry County Museum, Ashe Memorial Hall Town Park, +353 (0) 66 7127777, [6].  edit
  • Siamsa Tire, Tralee Town Park, Tralee, Co. Kerry, +353 066 7123055, [7].  edit
  • The Playdium, Mileheight Manor East, +353 (0) 66 7192640, [8].  edit
  • Blennerville Windmill, Blennerville, Tralee, Co. Kerry, +353 (066) 712 1064.  edit
  • Kerry Model Railway Association, Blennerville Windmill, Tralee, Co. Kerry, +353 (066) 712 1064, [9]. 09:30 - 17:30.  edit
  • Mountain Climbing

Buy[edit][add listing]

Manor West Retail Park - Killarney Road.

Tralee Shopping Centre - Rock Street.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Yummy Cafe - Dominick St was voted Irelands Best Family Restaurant in 2018 and Serves a wide range of food to satisfy anyone's fancy!

Finnegan's Restaurant - Denny St. More expensive than a lot of the restaurants in town but you get what you pay for here. Fantastic selection of meats and fish with fresh vegetables every evening.

The Green Rooster - Pembroke St. A favourite among locals. Serves fast food in their own way. Their homemade chips are known to be the nicest in Kerry.

Rose Garden - Rock St. Chinese Restaurant. Their General Tso's Chicken should be tried.

Ray's Loaded Lunches - Rock St. Serves mostly traditional Irish cuisine. Everything here is homemade and delicious. Open until 6PM.

The Grand Hotel - Denny St. Serves an array of foods to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Has two restaurants, the Pikeman Bar and their main dining restaurant.

Bella Bia - Ivy Terrace. Serves a mixture of Italian and Traditional Irish Cuisine. Reservations might be required.

La Scala - The Square. Serves a mixture of Italian and Traditional Irish Cuisine.

Pizza Time - The Square. Serves handmade, fresh-dough pizzas.

MJ's - Clash. Styled on a 1950's diner, MJ's serves home-made burgers, chips and many others.

Gally's - Ballyseedy. Serves traditional Irish cuisine. Busy on Sundays.

Croi - Dominick St. is a fine dining experience where the chefs use locally sourced and foraged produce.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Roundy's Pub - just across from the Abbey Gate Hotel. A delightful, cozy little pub with music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.

The Abbey Inn - The only bar in Tralee that has a late licence (Open until 2am) 7 nights a week. Has a nightclub upstairs, open Fridays and Saturdays but there are usually more people dancing downstairs which is a nightclub in it's own right.

An Chearnóg - The Square. Lovely little traditional pub. Occasionally has live music and is reputed to have the best pint of Guinness in town.

An Teach Beag - The Mall. Traditional pub with live music most nights. Very lively atmosphere and friendly staff.

The Ballymac Bar - Boherbue. Small, old-fashioned pub. Don't be thrown off by the look of the place, this pub is home to some of the friendliest staff and clientele in Tralee. They also boast a Snooker hall upstairs with 6 full sized, professional snooker tables.

The Four Seasons - Castle St. Usually only has 4 or 5 people in at one time but gives a homely atmosphere. Friendly clientele who will often regail you with a story or anecdote, if you don't mind that sort of thing.

Kirby's Brogue Inn - Rock St. An institution in Tralee. The Brogue is probably the most famous bar in town. Known as the place to be during the Rose of Tralee festival, it has live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

Sean Óg's - Bridge Street. Lovely traditional pub. Live music most nights. Can get very busy on Saturday nights, so getting in early is advised.

Horans Nightclub - Clash. Open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Usually quiet, but its Thursday student nights held for the people of Tralee IT are known to be legendary.

Hennessy's - Castle St. Lively bar with a good atmosphere. Three different bars within the building depending on what you're in the mood for. Boasts Tralee's liveliest smoking area.

The Blasket - Castle St. Lively pub spread across three floors. Live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

Bailey's Corner - Castle St. Recently moved to this new premises. Known to have the friendliest clientele in Tralee. Live music most nights.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Brandon Hotel, Princes Street Tralee, Co Kerry, +353 (0)66 712 3333 (, fax: +353 (0)66 7125019), [10]. The Brandon Hotel, Leisure Centre & Spa is renowned as one of the top County Kerry Hotels, with high quality hotel accommodation, excellent facilities and a fantastic central location in Tralee Town Centre. The hotel’s warm welcoming atmosphere will greet you on arrival and the friendly staff will ensure that you have a relaxing break at the Brandon Hotel, Tralee.  edit
  • The Rose Hotel, Dan Spring Road, Tralee, +353 (066) 719 9100, [11]. Four star hotel with 2 restaurants, Spa, Gym, Sauna & Steam Room. Free WIFI, parking provided.  edit
  • The Imperial Hotel, 27 Denny Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry, +353 (066) 712 7755, [12]. 3-minute walk through Tralee Town Park from Siamsa Tíre's National Folk Theatre and a 10-minute walk from the Tralee Train Station. Guestrooms with en suite bathrooms include TVs, tea and coffeemaking facilities, and free WiFi. Smoking rooms available. Cooked Irish breakfast is complimentary. Bar serves traditional Irish cuisine. Meeting room.  edit
  • The Ashe Hotel, Maine St, Tralee, Co. Kerry, +353 (066) 710 6300, [13]. The hotel provides stylish accommodation and a unique and trendy dining experience as well as many events.  edit
  • Ballyroe Heights Hotel, Ballyroe , Tralee, Co. Kerry, +353 (066) 712 6796, [14]. Modern and luxurious hotel set in six and a half acres of sloping gardens with views on the Sliabh Mish Mountains and Tralee Bay. Located on the coastal route for the Wild Atlantic Way and only four kilometres from Tralee town centre. Bedrooms are modern comfortable and luxurious. Perfect for families, business people, individuals or groups.  edit
  • Manor West Hotel, Manor West, Tralee, +353 (0) 66 7194500, [15]. family run hotel just a minutes walk away from the Manor West Retail Park & Shopping Centre. The hotel is also close to golf courses and sandy beaches. It features 18m pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, steamroom, state of the art gymnasium and kiddies pool which is exclusive to residents and members only.  edit
  • Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa, Leebrook, Tralee, Co. Kerry, +353 (0) 66 7123322 (fax: +353 (0) 66 7127630), [16]. spa facilities which include outdoor hot tub, sauna, steam room and relaxation room as well as state of the art fitness suite.  edit
  • Meadowlands Hotel, Meadowlands, Oakpark, Tralee, Co. Kerry, +353 (0) 66 7180444, [17]. Situated on beautiful private gardens, the Meadowlands Hotel is a traditional and cosy hotel with a contemporary & stylish design on the Wild Atlantic Way. The Meadowlands is the perfect base to explore the Kingdom of Kerry and experience its scenery, attractions and activities. The hotel offers comfort, culture and a friendly welcome for business and leisure guests.  edit
  • Ballyseede Castle, Ballyseede Castle, Ballyseede, Tralee, Co. Kerry, +353 (0) 66 7125799, [18]. Ballyseede Castle has a history dating back to the 1590’s. Set in thirty acres of native woodlands Ballyseede offers formal and casual dining, twenty three en suite bedrooms and three beautiful private rooms complimented by gardens.  edit
  • Green Acres Caravan Park, Aughacasla, Tralee, Co. Kerry, +353 (0) 66 7139158, [19]. Green Acres Caravan Park is a 3 star family run caravan and camping park situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, on the outskirts of Castlegregory on the Dingle Peninsula. Facilities include: toilets, showers, kitchen area, laundry, playground, games room and a ball playing area. They provide electricity and water at all pitches. WIFI is available on the park for a small charge. Direct access to the beach and a 5 minute walk to a shop, bar, restaurant and takeaway. Open from Easter to the end of September yearly.  edit
  • Woodlands Caravan & Camping Park, Dan Spring Road, Tralee, Co. Kerry, +353 (0) 66 7121235 (fax: +353 (0) 66 7181199), [20]. Woodlands Park is a touring caravan and camping site located just a 10-15min walk from Tralee town centre. The facilities include shower & toilet blocks, games room, TV lounge, playground laundry and over 100 pitches for motorhomes, caravans and tents.  edit

Tralee Earns Purple Flag Status[edit]

TRALEE has been awarded the Purple Flag which confirms the commitment to ensuring that Kerry’s capital town has a safe, vibrant and well-managed Night Time Economy. The aim of the Purple Flag is to increase footfall into town centres, lower crime and improve the night time experience.

Tralee is Ireland’s Best Large Tourism Town, a Gold Medal Winner in the European Entente Florale Competition and a six-time Gold Medal Winner in the Tidy Towns Competition. There are a number of Blue Flag Beaches within 10 minutes of the town centre and now the Purple Flag accreditation to Tralee will strengthen the town’s as Ireland’s premier town in which to live, work and visit.

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