Top Things To Do in Killarney - Family Activities In Killarney

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Jaunting Cars & Horse Riding

Jaunting Cars are available from outside the Hotel or at Muckross House. Horse riding may be enjoyed at the Gap of Dunloe or at one of the many stables in the area - please contact the Hall Porter or one of our Receptionists who will be glad to make any arrangements for you.

The Killarney Riding Stables offer one, two and three hour trails through Killarney National Park. This is open all year, with rides starting daily from 9:30am and the last ride of 1 hour goes out at 5pm. Advance booking is required.

Killarney Riding Stables Tel. 064 6631686

3km from The International Hotel




There are a number of fine sandy beaches within easy driving distance of Killarney, Rossbeigh Strand and Inch Strand to mention but two.


Walking & Cycling

Walking & Cycling

Set amongst 26,000 acres of Killarney National Park, with its well-known Lakes of Killarney and magnificent mountain ranges, walking and cycling enthusiasts will have an endless choice of routes from which to choose.

Short Walks

  • Killarney Town Trail
  • Knockreer Gardens
  • Muckross Gardens Boathouse Nature Trail in Muckross Gardens
  • Killarney House parkrun

Medium Walks

  • Ross Castle, Ross Island & The Copper Mines
  • Arthur Youngs Nature Trail at Muckross House
  • Blue Pool Nature Trail, Muckross
  • Killarney House parkrun

The Fossa Way – commence at the Golden Gates (100m from The International) and travel through the National Park and on as far as the small village of Fossa. This route, with a newly surfaced and widened roadway, affords the cyclist or walker magnificent views of the Killarney's lakes and mountains from a high point near Cnoc na Rí.

Long Walks

  • Walks and Mountain Hikes
  • Mangerton Mountain Trail,
  • Torc Waterfall and Mountain Trail
  • Old Kenmare Road
  • Tomies/Shehy/Purple Mountain Trail
  • Tomies and O’Sullivan’s Cascade Forest Walk
  • Muckross and Dinis Island
  • Gap of Dunloe
  • Carrantuohill Mountain Climb
  • Killarney House parkrun 

Guides are available for many of the walks and climbing routes and, given notice, we are happy to assist with arranging outings for guests. Many of the walking routes are also ideal for cycling. Whether you bring your own bike or hire from the numerous bike-hire providers in Killarney, you will be spoilt for choice of routes and options. We are happy to provide picnic lunches for your outing - please order the night before so that we can have them ready before your day.




Killarney has three 18 hole championships golf courses at Killeen, home of the Irish Open 2010 and 2011, Mahony’s Point and Lackabane. There are also many excellent courses located within one hour’s drive at Waterville, Ballybunion and Tralee, to mention but a few. Further information and a full list of golf courses are available to view under the golf heading tab on our homepage. If you require any further assistance or information, please contact our reception on +353-(0) 64-6631816

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Muckross Traditional Farms & Playground

The traditional farms are an authentic outdoor interpretation of rural life in Kerry in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Traditional buildings and field systems are recreated and domestic farming and craft practices are carried out daily during the visitor season. Children enjoy watching the farm animals and the woodland playground.

note: Farms are closed from November to February. Last admission 1 hour before closing.

March: Saturday & Sunday 1pm-6pm
April: Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays 1pm-6pm
May: 7 days a week 1pm-6pm
June - August: 7 days a week 10am-6pm
September: 7 days a week 1pm-6pm
October: Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays 1pm-6pm

* Please contact Reception for price/booking information.

6km from The International Hotel




Killarney and the surrounding district has some of the best salmon and trout waters in Ireland and is an ideal base for fishing enthusiasts. Trout fishing on Killarney’s Lakes is free and, for a small licence fee you can hunt for the magnificent wild Atlantic Salmon. On many of the nearby rivers, for a small daily/weekly charge you can fish for Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Salmon. Sea coast and deep-sea fishing options are but a short drive away on many points around the Atlantic Kerry coast.


Buddies Indoor Play Centre

Buddies offers 8,000 sq feet of fun and includes crazy car track, ball pit, slides, dizzy discs, bouncy carousel, ball cannon, sports area and much more!! Suitable for children aged 0-12.

Wednesday to Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 12pm to 6pm
Tel: 064 6639080

2.5km from The International Hotel



Kennedys Pet Farm

This well-established farm has a great variety of birds and animals waiting to be admired. This highly-rated Pet Farm & Playground offers kids a chance to learn and play in a charming environment.


10am - 4pm Feb & March (Wed-Sun) and 10am to 5pm April - Oct (7 days) - November onwards weather permitting, see their Facebook page for opening dates.


Adults: €8
Children: €8
Family Ticket (2 Adults & 3 Children): €35
Under 2's: Free

9km from The International Hotel



Crag Cave & Crazy Cave, Castleisland

Explore this colourful limestone wonderland of stalagmites and stalactites. The centre also includes a restaurant and childrens indoor and outdoor adventure play centre.


Friday to Sunday from January to March (Closed Monday to Thursday): 10am - 6pm
Monday to Sunday from April to Dec: 10am - 6pm

Tour Times: January to April & September to December: 10:45am, 12:00pm, 2:30pm, 4pm & 5:25pm
May, June, July and August: Tours are every half hour
Duration of Tour: 40 minutes

Adults: €12
Senior Citizens/Students: €9
Children: €5
Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children): €30
Family Ticket (2 Adults & 4 Children): €35


Monday to Sunday: 10am – 6pm


Child (for 2 hours play): €8
Under 2's: €5
Babies not yet able to walk: FREE
Adults: FREE
Midweek Special: Monday to Thursday Admission €5 all day (during school term)
Family Rate: 3 Children for €20

28km from the International Hotel



Swimming & Leisure

Located on the outskirts of Killarney, the Coral Leisure Centre is a state of the art leisure facility and the swimming facilities include a main 25m pool, a learners pool and a toddlers pool. Guests of The International Hotel can avail of a 10% discount at this leisure centre.


Monday: 7am-10pm
Tuesday: 7am-10pm
Wednesday: 7:30am-10pm
Thursday: 7:30am-10pm
Friday: 7:30am-9pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday & Bank Holiday: 10am-5pm


Adult: Peak €7 / Off-Peak €6
Student: Peak €5.50 / Off-Peak €4.50
Golden Years (Age 60+): Peak €4.20 / Off-Peak €4.20
Child (Under 16): Peak €4.20 / Off-Peak €4.20
Family (2+3): Peak €21 / Off-Peak €19
Family (1+3): Peak €15 / Off-Peak €13
Under 3: Peak FREE / Off-Peak FREE

Tel: 064 6636554

2km from The International Hotel



Knockreer Playground

Located in the National Park opposite St. Marys Cathedral, this is a wonderful playground incorporating play equipment for all, from toddlers to teens. Access is free of charge.

1km from The International Hotel


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Adventure Sports

There are endless opportunities for guests with a passion for Adventure Sports and we are happy to advise on options for enthusiasts of mountain climbing, rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking, canoeing and anything else that takes your fancy!