Ross Castle

Ross Castle

Contact Details


Ross Castle,
Ross Road,
Co. Kerry,
V93 V304

Tel: +353 (64) 663 5851
Fax: +353 (64) 663 5852


Opening Hours


28th February - 1st November

Daily 09.30 - 17.45

Average length of visit: 1 hour

Last admission 1 Hour before closing

All groups of 10 people or more must be pre-booked

Admission Fees

Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00



Toilets and car/coach park close to site.

Restaurant/Tearooms: None

Credit/Debit card payment facility


Following Government guidelines this site is closed until further notice.

This Castle may be considered a typical example of the stronghold of an Irish Chieftain during the Middle Ages. The date of its foundation is uncertain but it was probably built in the late 15th century by one of the ODonoghue Ross chieftains. It is surrounded by a fortified bawn, its curtain walls defended by circular flanking towers, two of which remain. Much of the bawn was removed by the time the Barrack building was added on the south side of the castle sometime in the middle of the 18th century. The castle contains 16th and 17th century oak furniture. 

Please note that this site is a very busy site and visitors may experience a delay during the summer months.

Additional Information: Challenging access for visitors with mobility issues - very steep incline.

Location: 2km from Killarney, off N71 (Kenmare Road)

Guided Tours:

  • Scheduled tours
  • Access by guided tour only
  • Videos/cameras are not permitted on tour
  • Maximum number 15
  • Duration 40 minutes

Please note site is very restricted and can only accommodate groups of 15. All tours groups must pre-book.

Leaflet/Guide Booklet: English, Irish, French, German, Italian.

Photography/Video: Not allowed.

See Also: Muckross House and Gardens, Muckross Traditional Farms, Killarney National Park and Muckross Friary.