Tralee Town Map & Tourist Information
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Tralee (Trá Lí) takes its name from the River Lee which flows into Tralee Bay at Blennerville just south of the town. Tralee was founded by John FitzThomas FitzGerald, Prince of Desmond, around 1216 and served as headquarters of the powerful Munster Geraldines for almost 400 years. The medieval town was destroyed in the Desmond Wars of 1580 and again by Cromwell's Forces in 1652 but some remains of the Dominican Abbey (1243) have recently been uncovered beneath the Abbey Car Park. The Great Castle of Tralee was located at the intersection of the modern Denny Street and Castle Street. The only surviving medieval relics are the ruined Tower Houses at Ballybeggan and Ballymullen. The Hiberno-Romanesque church of Ratass, in Rathass cemetery, on the main Castleisland/Killarney road pre-dates the town. A fascinating
multi-lingual exhibition on Tralee's medieval past called "Geraldine Tralee" forms part of the impressive Kerry County Museum at the Ashe Memorial Hall.
The present town of Tralee dates from the late 18th and early 19th century. At that time two rivers: The Gyle or Big River and Balloonagh River flowed through open channels along Ashe Street, The Mall and Prince's Quay. These were culverted and bridged over in the 19th century when Denny Street, Day Place and Prince's Quay were developed. The village of Blennerville, one mile west of Tralee, now famous for its stately Windmill dates from this time.
Today, Tralee is the capital town of County Kerry. It's the main administrative, retailing and services centre of The Kingdom county. Recently Tralee has become a very
popular tourist destination and has gained a reputation as Ireland's all-weather tourism capital for its range of superb visitor attractions and as an activities and nature tourism destination.
Tralee boasts one of the finest town parks in the country located right in the town centre (opposite museum and tourist office) with a rose garden comprising over 5,000 roses of different varieties. The Town Park is the location for the annual Féile na mBláth / Tralee Garden Festival - a free midsummer weekend festival comprising gardening demonstrations, flower arranging, garden tours, musical and choral events among other activities, organised by Kerry Town Council. For walking and cycling enthusiasts there is a range of new facilities being developed including a riverside walk along the River Lee from Ballyard to Ballymullen and Canal Bank
walk from the Basin to Blennerville and on-wards to the Canal Gates and the Spa. Each August the town is host to the hugely successful International "Rose of Tralee" Festival where girls of Irish descent from cities as far apart as Sydney and San Francisco compete for the coveted title.
The National Folk Theatre of Ireland - Founded in 1974, Siamsa Tíre is the showcase for our Celtic culture through music, dance, storytelling and mime. Siamsa Tíre is renowned nationally for its exciting performances and has presented this important aspect of Irish cultural life all over the world. The evening programmes commence at 8.30 pm and advance reservation(Tel: 066-7123055) is recommended during the peak Summer season.
Facing the broad Atlantic ocean, majestic Kerry is a place of breathtaking scenery where you’ll be enchanted by the wealth of nature’s treasures; from heritage centres to Ireland’s two highest mountains ‘Carrauntoohill’ and ‘Mount Brandon’ and Irelands highest pass ‘The Conor Pass’. Kerry is a place for lovers of all good things in life, from the lake district surrounding Killarney National Park, to the spectacular scenic drives on the Dingle and Ring of Kerry peninsulas. North Kerry, genius in literature, theatre, music, art and storytelling is also the proud home to Ireland’s National Folk Theatre, Siamsa Tíre. And of course, the true Irish culture is alive in the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) areas of Kerry, where traditional Irish music, dance and song come to life. From championship golf courses and world class equestrian centres, to stunning cycling and walking routes, angling, sailing and watersports, Kerry is indeed a haven for activity based holidays.
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Kerry The Kingdom - Where History Comes Alive! - 3 Superb Attractions in One: Kerry County Museum is a new departure for Irish Museums. Priceless archaeological treasures stand side-by-side with the latest audiovisual technology. The museum
tells the story of Kerry and Ireland from the Stone Age to the Present Day. Visitors are first taken on a visual tour of County Kerry - its scenery, historic monuments, people and traditions - in the audiovisual theatre. Then they are guided through the museum gallery where the history of Ireland is divided into 11 time frames, beginning with the first human settlements and culminating with the achievements of the 20th century. The story is told using life-size figures, graphic panels, scale models, audio and video presentations. The final surprise is Geraldine Tralee - not to be missed! T. 066 712 7777
Blennerville Windmill & Craft Centre - Blennerville, the 5 storey fully restored windmill, is the focal point of a major visitor complex including a detailed display on Irish Emigration. Tel: 066 7121064
Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre - contains 3 different elements.
1. Activity Zone – A light Water Sports and Activity Lake offering Padelo Boats, Rowing Boats , Water Walker Zorbs for hire and a climbing Wall!
2. Nature Zone – Interactive Wildlife Exhibition (multilingual), Guided
Nature Boat Tour (wheelchair friendly), 20 meter Viewing and Observation Tower (elevator and stair access), Nature Board Walk and Bird Hides!
3. Wetlands Visitor Centre – Lakeside Café and Bistro, Gift Shop area, Restrooms, Reception and Information Area.
Theatre and Concert Venues
Please contact venue in advance for updates on opening days/show times Siamsa Tire - www.siamsatire.com
The National Folk Theatre of Ireland Tralee (during summer season) Various Productions Tel 066 7123055
Kingdom Greyhound Stadium - Tralee Every Friday and Saturday at 7.50pm and also every Tuesday during the summer season. www.igb.ie/stadia.tri.aspx.
Tralee Onimplex - Tel: 066 7127700
Full listings available in local newspapers.
Your family will delight in visiting Kerry’s numerous castles, parks, all weather activity centres and visitor attractions. Be at one with nature, visit a pet farm, enjoy a splash at Aqua Dome Ireland's largest
waterworld and includes a range of exciting features for children and adults alike. The Aqua Dome is Ireland’s largest waterworld and includes a range of exciting features for children and adults alike. Tel: 066 7128899. The Aqua Dome's unique design features a castle, complete with whirlpool spa and water canons, as well as an area designed exclusively for small children. Each area is patrolled by qualified lifeguards but we do ask customers to be fully aware of the Aqua Dome Customer Safety Policy. The Aqua Dome also features an "adults only" health suite. Telephone: 066-7129150. Visit also Tralee Regional Sports Centre centrally located in the heart of the town close to the train station. Catering for all sporting interests.
Many of the County’s pubs also have live music entertainment through-out the year. Please ask at your local tourist office for further details
USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
GARDA (Police) Station (066) 7102311
Tralee General Hospital
Off Killarney Road, Co. Kerry (066) 7126222
St. Johns, Castle Street Tralee. (066) 7122522
St. Brendans, Oakview, Tralee (066) 7125932
Holy Cross (Dominicans),
Day Place, Tralee (066) 7121135
Church of Ireland - Tralee. (066) 7122245
There is a Mosque in Fortfield, Killerisk, Tralee
Rail Station (066) 712 3522
Bus Station (066)
The Tourist Information Offices in the Cork Kerry Region are there for your assistance and to help make your stay more enjoyable and informative.
This information was taken from the brochure Kerry COUNTY GUIDE which is produced by Failte Ireland in conjunction with Kerry County Tourism Committee and Údarás na Gaeltachta.
Call to the local tourist office or go on-line to www.discoverireland.ie/kerry7164700
Kerry International Airport (066) 976 4350
Dublin International Airport (01) 814 1111
Cork International Airport: (021) 431 3131
Shannon International Airport (066) 7120000