Tralee, the largest town in County Kerry is internationally known for the annual Rose of Tralee Festival that takes place in the town every August. Tralee is often used by visitors as a base for their travels around Kerry, making day trips to towns nearby Killarney, Listowel or Dingle all within driving distance.
However, Tralee Town itself has great tourism amenities of its own, including the Siamsa Tire, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland, the award winning Kerry County Museum and Medieval Experience. Blennerville Windmill is Ireland’s largest working windmill and the visitor centre includes an Emigration Display and bird watching area.
One of the most recent developments is the Tralee Wetlands, popular with locals and visitors alike this is an activity and nature centre. Facilities include a man-made 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.
The 30 acres of Tralee Town Park ideally located in the town centre is a site to behold during the summer in particular the Rose Garden.
Located 18km from Kerry Airport on N22 and 121km from Shannon Airport on N21.
If it’s the outdoors you want to explore while visiting Tralee there are a number of walks and hikes to choose from. Knows locally as the Canal Walk, the Tralee Lee Valley walk incorporates the Tralee Ship Canal to Blennerville Road Bridge and return by Kearney’s Road with views of Tralee Nature Reserve.
The Rose Walk at Tralee Town Park is a sight for sore eyes! Beds of stunning fragrant roses will highlight your walk from Denny St entrance of the park to the exit on Dan Spring Road.
Tralee Wetlands is the newest addition to the town’s outdoor adventures. Enjoy a short, accessible walk around the area, it provides fun for all the family with a small playground and ducks and swans to see on the manmade lake.
Outside Tralee town there are three woods to explore Ballyseedy Woods a flat woodland walk full of history, Glanteenassig with over 450 hectares to explore or Glanageety Woods with its wild and rugged landscape.
There are many visitor attractions to enjoy in Tralee, enjoy a show at the Siamsa Tire, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland. Take a tour at the award winning County Museum and Medieval Experience during the tour visitors are brought through the recreated medieval town, with the sights, sounds and smells. Blennerville Windmill is Ireland’s largest working windmill and home to Kerry’s model railway. The windmill is a dominant landmark in Tralee Bay, highlighting the area where Tralee town meets the Dingle Peninsula.
Festivals are a highlight of many a summer month and in Tralee the most prominent and popular festival is the Rose of Tralee International Festival. The festival takes place in the town every August and invites 32 qualifying Roses from all of the world to the famous Rose of Tralee Dome for a two nights of televised celebrations of their Irish heritage.
Feile na Blath- Garden Festival takes place in June each year in the Tralee Town Park. A family fun day full of kids shows, dog show, bouncy castles, food stalls and more! Christie Hennessy Music Festival is a highlight of the October Bank Holiday in Tralee a showcase of the best of Irish music, musicians and bands.
There are many family activities to choose from while visiting Tralee, there are two playgrounds in the town, a large and accessible playground in Tralee Town Park and a small playground in Tralee Wetlands. Should the rain make an appearance while you are in Tralee not to worry, enjoy a splash in the indoor swimming pool Aqua Dome. Located a short distance from the Aqua Dome is Tralee Omniplex an eight screen cinema showing the latest movie releases. If you have packed your bikes or rented your bikes there are many a cycle route to choose from, including Tralee Town Park, Ballyseedy woods and when the tide is out a great place is Banna Beach.
Kerry is full of stunning beaches and Tralee due to its location is a surrounded by nearby beaches. A short drive from Tralee, Banna Beach a popular local beach was recently voted Ireland best beach by TripAdvisor. Banna is enjoyed in all weather and an ideal beach for surfing, windsurfing, walking and cycling. With over 70km of golden beaches a short drive from Tralee you are spoiled for choice with beaches including Fenit, Castlegregory, Banna, Ballyheigue and Derrymore.