Address: Ardfert, Tralee, Co. Kerry.
Telephone No: 066 713 4711
Fax: 066 713 4711
13th April (open at 12noon) - 27th September (closed at 2pm) : Daily 10.00 - 18.00
Average length of visit: 1 hour
Last admission 45 minutes before closing
A monastery was founded in Ardfert by St. Brendan 'The Navigator' in the 6th century. There are three medieval churches, two ogham stones and a number of early Christian and medieval grave slabs on the site today.
The earliest building is the cathedral which dates from the 12th to 19th centuries. It has a fine Romanesque west doorway, a magnificent 13th century east window and a spectacular row of nine lancets in the south wall.
Two effigies of ecclesiastical figures of late 13th to early 14th century date which were mounted on either side of the east window are on view in the South Transept . The battlements were added in the 15th century.
The pre-12th century block of masonry is clearly visible in the north wall. One of the two smaller churches is a fine example of late Romanesque and the other, Temple na Griffin, is a plain 15th century structure with an interesting carving of a wyvern on one of the windows. It is in this building that the corpus of decorated stone is housed.
Access for people with disabilities to exhibition area and viewing point.
Location: 10km from Tralee on R551 (Tralee to Ballyheigue Road).
Guided Tours: Available on request.
Max. number: 40
Duration: 40 minutes.
Leaflet/Guide book: English, Irish, French, German, Italian
Photography/Video allowed: Yes, but permit required for commercial purposes