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Muckross House Killarney Ireland

  • Historically Known As: Bourn-Vincent Memorial Park

  • Vicinity: Dromyrourk, Killarney
  • Phone: 353 64 667 0144
  • Travel Genus: Sight , Visit
  • Sight Category: Museums

Located on the small Muckross Peninsula between Muckross Lake and Lough Leane, Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farms is a heritage museum and gardens 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the town of Killarney in County Kerry, Ireland.

Muckross House is Victorian mansion close to the shores of Muckross Lake in the Killarney National Park. Today the principal rooms are furnished in period style and portray the elegant lifestyle of the nineteenth century landowning class. - AsNotedIn



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1839/00/00 William Burn Architect Construction begins on Muckross House for Henry and Mary Herbert. This is actually the fourth house that successive generations of the Herbert family had occupied at Muckross over a period of almost two hundred years.
1843/00/00 Muckross House is completed for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, Mary Balfour Herbert. The plans for a bigger servants' wing, stable block, orangery and summer-house, are believed to have been altered at Mary's request.
1860/00/00 During the 1850s, the Herberts undertake extensive garden works in preparation for Queen Victoria's visit in 1861. Other provisions include tapestries, mirrors, Persian carpets, silverware, musical instruments, linen, china and servants uniforms.
1861/00/00 Queen Victoria of England Visitor Herbert family host Queen Victoria and her royal party for two nights. The curtains that still hang dining room were specially woven for the occasion.
1899/00/00 Sir Arthur Guinness Owner Arthur Guinness, 1st Baron Ardilaun who wanted to preserve the dramatic landscape buys Muckross. He does not live in the house himself, but rents it out to wealthy groups as a hunting lodge.
1911/08/00 William B Bourn II Home William Bourn buys the Muckross estate from Lord and Lady Ardilaun. It is at this time that the Sunken Garden, Rock Garden and the Stream Garden are developed.
1929/00/00 Arthur and Maud Vincent receive Muckross House as a wedding present from the brides parents Mr and Mrs William Bowers Bourn.
1932/00/00 William B Bourn II Benefactor Arthur Rose Vincent and his wife's parents, Mr and Mrs William donate the 11,000 acre Muckross estate to the Irish nation as the "Bourn-Vincent Memorial Park", the first National Park in the Republic of Ireland.

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Particulars for Muckross House Killarney Ireland:
Area of Significance Architecture
Area of Significance Art
Sight Category Building
Area of Design Decorative Arts
Landscape Architecture Garden
Museum Type Historical Museum
Sociology Living History
Building Type Mansion
Criteria Person
Historic Use Single dwelling

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