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Planning a short break to County Kerry? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in County Kerry. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to County Kerry. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Ardfert Cathedral

St. Brendan, The Navigator, founded a monastery on this site in the 6th century, and there remain three churches and some grave slabs from medieval times. The cathedral is the earliest building and dates back to the 12th-17th centuries, and has some magnificent architectural accents with a Romanesque west doorway and 13th century east window.

The cathedral can be located 10km from Tralee on R551, the Tralee to Ballyheigue Road.

For more information phone (+) 353 66 7134711 or go to www.heritageireland.ie/en/HistoricSites/South/ArdfertCathedralKerry/

Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium

Dingle Peninsula, West Kerry, this aquarium offers a fun day out for the young, the old, and the bored. With an underwater tunnel that displays denizens of the depths swimming around you, and a ‘touch-tank’ where you get to hold beautiful and unusual marine creatures.

For more information phone (+) 353 (0) 66 91 52 111, fax (+) 353 (0) 66 91 52 155, email marabeo@iol.ie, or go to www.dingle-oceanworld.ie/ for a sneak preview of all the aquarium has to offer.

Killarney National Park

Magnificent lake and mountain scenery make the 24,700 acres of the National Park a treasury of perfect natural beauty, where the famous red deer run free in their true environment of oak, holly and yew woods.

For more information go to the Killarney National Park’s official website homepage.tinet.ie/~knp/

Kenmare

considered the jewel in the Ring of Kerry, Kenmare is a charming little town that has retained many of its earliest features from when it first came into being in 1670. Located at the mouth of the River Roughty on Kenmare Bay, it is surrounded by gorgeous scenery, and bustles with activity. Some of the excellent restaurants and hotels in the town are among the finest in the world.

For more information go to website www.kenmare.com/tourism/index.html

Skellig Michael

Rising in austere serenity from the ocean, eight miles offshore from the Iveragh Peninsula, is the craggy island of Skellig Michael. It is here that the early Irish monks lived their Spartan life in their hermitage, and which has been declared a World Heritage Site.

For more information go to whc.unesco.org/pg.cfm?cid=31&id_site=757

Derrynane House

The ancestral home the man who played such an important role in the gaining of Catholic Emancipation in 1829, Daniel O’Connell, can be seen on 120 hectares of parklands on the beautiful Kerry coast.

For more information email derrynanehouse@duchas.ie or go to http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/HistoricSites/South

Muckross Friary

Located in Killarney, this Franciscan Friary had its beginnings in the 15th century, and yet is still remarkably preserved. It is the only Franciscan tower in Ireland that is as wide as the church, and has a cloister and other buildings still fully intact.

For more information on this ancient building phone 353 64 31440 or go to website www.heritageireland.ie/en/HistoricSites/South/MuckrossFriaryKerry/

Muckross House

The magnificent Victorian mansion that is one of Ireland’s greatest stately homes, can be found in Killarney National Park. The rooms are elegantly furnished as befitted the landed gentry, and the basement shows the working conditions of servants of the time.

For more information go to www.muckross-house.ie/welcomeg.htm

Muckross Traditional Farms

The three working farms that make up the Muckross Traditional Farms, showcases the farming traditions of rural Ireland in the past. Traditional farm equipment, and the time-honoured methods of working without the benefit of electricity take visitors back to a time when life was simple, if decidedly more laborious.

For more information go to www.muckross-house.ie/farms/intro.htm

Ross Castle

The date that this castle was built is uncertain, but it is believed to be in the late 15th century. It is surrounded by a fortified bawn, (an enclosure for keeping cattle), much of which was removed in the mid-18th century, when the Barrack building was added on the south side of the castle.

For more information go to www.heritageireland.ie/en/HistoricSites/South/RossCastleKerry/

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