Killarney serves as the jumping-off point for the scenic, sprawling, and lake-dotted Killarney National Park—which, if you have only one day to explore the region, is where you’ll want to focus your attention. Here are some ideas on the best way to spend 24 hours in Killarney.
Aghadoe Cathedral (Aghadoe Church and Round Tower)
Aghadoe Hill, Killarney
Explore the ruins of Aghadoe Church to see a well-preserved Romanesque door and stone-carved writings in the ancient Celtic language. The ruins of the church are better preserved than the round tower, though its foundation is still standing in an old cemetery. The views towards Killarney are reason enough to visit this historic site. Visit independently or as part of a larger sightseeing tour of Killarney.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Aghadoe Cathedral is a must-see landmark for history buffs and families seeking educational opportunities.
The ground is often soft underfoot; wear sturdy shoes and bring rain gear in case of showers.
Free parking is available.
How to Get There
Aghadoe church and tower are located outside of Killarney near Aghadoe Heights Hotel. You can arrive as part of a sightseeing tour or via car. There is a parking lot just before the hotel, and you can walk across the street to check out the ruins.
When to Get There
This historic attraction is open daily, year-round. The most popular season for international visitors to Killarney is in summer when daylight lasts until well after 10pm. Spring and fall are also a lovely time to visit for those looking to avoid crowds.
Things to Do in Killarney
Killarney has plentiful outdoor adventure options from kayaking on the lakes to hikes through Killarney National Park. History and architecture enthusiasts may also want to check out Ross Castle, dating back to the 15th century.
- Things to do in South West Ireland
- Things to do in Kenmare
- Things to do in Ring of Kerry
- Things to do in Dingle
- Things to do in Cork
- Things to do in Shannon
- Things to do in Cobh
- Things to do in Galway
- Things to do in Dublin
- Things to do in Belfast
- Things to do in Cardiff
- Things to do in Liverpool
- Things to do in Manchester
- Things to do in Western Ireland
- Things to do in West Midlands