The County Kerry town of TRALEE lies on the south-west coast of Ireland, nestled in a gently sloping valley between the Slieve Mish and Stacks Mountains. It takes its name from the River Lee, in Irish Trá Lí (strand of the River Lee), which flows into Tralee Bay just south of the town.
John FitzThomas Fitzgerald, an Anglo-Norman knight, founded Tralee around 1216. The town grew up around the Great Castle of Tralee and a Dominican Abbey founded by Fitzgerald. It was the site of a famous prehistory battle between the Milesians (our Celtic ancestors) led by Queen Scotia and the Tuatha De Danann. Recent archaeological excavations have uncovered relics of Neolithic man at Ballycarthy on the N21 approach while the Early Christian church in Rathass Cemetery predates the medieval town. Unfortunately, because of its troubled past (the town was destroyed on four occasions) little of the medieval Geraldine town survives. The present town took shape in the 18th century when the Denny family held precedence.
Today, Tralee (Pop: 25,000) is a modern bustling town with all the facilities of a county capital, but one which respects its past. It is the main shopping, administrative, and services centre in the south-west. Tralee has a thriving tourism economy that offers top class indoor and outdoor attractions, festivals and a range of visitor accommodation and activities to suit all age groups. It is the ideal holiday base to explore the Kingdom of Kerry.
The captivating town of Tralee is the capital town of Kerry, a county of spectacular beauty with sandy beaches, lakes, mountains, parks, historic sites. It is home to: the world famous Rose of Tralee International Festival and Siamsa Tíre; the National Folk Theatre of Ireland; the award winning Kerry County Museum; and a range of excellent indoor and outdoor attractions.
With a worldwide television audience, The Rose of Tralee is Ireland's largest and longest running festival. Since 1959, the highlight of the festival is the selection of the Rose of Tralee which draws young women of Irish descent from around the world to Co. Kerry for a celebration of Irish culture. The festival also includes street entertainment, carnival, live concerts, theatre, circus, markets, funfair, fireworks and our internationally renowned Rose Parade.
Thousands of visitors to Kerry have picked out a performance by the Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre in Tralee, Co. Kerry, as a highlight of their trip to Ireland. Performances are delivered combining all the strengths of Ireland’s traditional art forms which fuse to create a memorable and emotional experience for visitors. Regardless of where our visitors come from, or what language they speak, these stories can be experienced and enjoyed by everyone.
The Kerry County Museum won the 2009 Museum of the Year Award and has a wide range of exhibitions and activities. Take a stroll through the Kingdom’s rich history and you will find something for all ages. Solve a medieval murder mystery in there new interactive gallery ‘Bone Investigators’, and learn the tricks of the trade used by archaeologists and historians. Take on a Viking role in the Museum Gallery and defend your king in the board game hnefeltafl. Or plot St. Brendan’s route across the Atlantic. Guess the origin of Ireland’s animals, discover a Stone Age survival kit, and try on explorer Tom Crean’s Antarctic clothes. Find out what life was like in Tralee in 1450 as you stroll through the recreated streets and houses of the Medieval Experience. Discover what people wore and ate and even how they disposed of their rubbish. Special sound and odour effects make this an experience to remember. Remind yourself of our more recent past by looking at the photographs in ‘Kerry Lives’, the museum’s latest exhibition, showing life in the Kingdom from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Tralee’s diverse indoor and outdoor attractions are second to none, from the indoor water world of the Aqua Dome, to the natural beauty of the Tralee Bay Wetlands. The town has it all: Family Fun; kids activities; and a playground for couples young and old.
The town boasts a range of superb visitor accommodation and easy access by air - via Kerry Airport, or road, bus and rail links from the major Irish cities and ferry ports. Our welcoming residents invite you to explore our history, culture and the natural beauty that has shaped this unique corner of Ireland.
Brief GROUP TOUR Itinerary:
DAY of DEPARTURE
Depart from your choice of pick up point in your hometown giving plenty of time to reach the ferry port in-order to catch the early afternoon ferry. On reaching Ireland we will make the leisurely journey to the resort aiming for an approximate arrival time at your hotel of 5pm for check in. After check in the rest of the evening is free to spend at leisure
DAYS SPENT in RESORT
Free time in resort, take your choice of day excursions, stay 1,2,3,4 or 5 nights or more
DAY of RETURN
After breakfast, we say a fond farewell to the hotel and its staff and rejoin the Five Star Travel coach that will return you safely and in comfort to the port
We aim to catch the early afternoon ferry. On arrival into the UK you will pass through the immigration formalities and then proceed home to you original pick up point
We will collect you from your chosen pick up point(s) in a choice of 25, 29, 35, 49, 51, 74 or 83 seater coaches.
Is provided in 2, 3 or 4 bedded rooms with private en-suite facilities
A limited number of single rooms are available at a small supplement, maybe even free if the hotel is willing
All rooms are booked on a bed & breakfast basis.
An evening meal option is available at a supplement on any nights of your stay
Alternative channel crossing:
Cross the channel via Euro Tunnel or P&O North Sea Ferries for a small supplement
Optional Extra Night(s)
Why not stay extra night(s) and spend more time in resort or have a choice of optional day excursions
Local Tourist attractions:
* Siam Satire
* Kerry Museum
* Tralee Bay Wetlands
All itineraries are suggestions and can be adapted to suit your group requirements