Great Southern Killarney

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2021 Historic Hotels Worldwide Awards of Excellence Nominee Finalist
2020 Historic Hotels Worldwide Awards of Excellence

The Great Southern Killarney has been a focal point of the historic town of Killarney since opening in 1854. After the grand opening of the first railway line from Dublin to Killarney, the Great Southern and Western Railway Company wanted to build a “Grand Hotel” outside of Dublin. The company considered many regions, but ultimately chose Killarney to be the location of their magnificent project.

Today, the Great Southern Killarney has a variety of accommodation options, including luxurious guestrooms, one- and two-bedroom suites with dressing rooms and/or lounges, self-catering holiday homes, and two Victorian cottage apartments. Each of the 177 guestrooms and suites offer sumptuous luxury, whether within the hotel's original Victorian building, with its high ceilings and tall windows, or in the Garden Wing, where chic rooms offer contemporary accents and style.

The hotel's location in the heart of Killarney Town center is ideal for exploring beyond its doors. Walk to Killarney National Park with its spectacular mountains, lakes, and woodlands. Browse Killarney's quaint cafés, boutiques, and art galleries. Nearby, tee off at championship golf courses and visit the Demesne Ross Castle, Muckross Abbey, Torc Waterfall, and Mangerton Mountain. The famous Ring of Kerry is just a short drive away, as is Dingle Peninsula, Wild Atlantic Way, Skeelig Island, and iconic golf courses such as Waterville, Ballybunion, and Dooks.

Image of hotel exterior Great Southern Killarney, 1854, Member of Historic Hotels Worldwide, in Killarney, Ireland, Video


Great Southern Expectations A look inside the Great People and Great Expectations at Great Southern Killarney.


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Experience The Kerry Bog Village Museum in nearby Quaybaun.



Explore Ross Castle just moments away.


Experience the inherent beauty of Killarney National Park.


Savor a delicious meal at the Great Southern Killarney’s Garden Room Restaurant.

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