Great Southern Killarney

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2021 Historic Hotels Worldwide Awards of Excellence Nominee Finalist
2020 Historic Hotels Worldwide Awards of Excellence

The Great Southern Killarney has been a focal point of the historic town of Killarney since opening in 1854. After the grand opening of the first railway line from Dublin to Killarney, the Great Southern and Western Railway Company wanted to build a “Grand Hotel” outside of Dublin. The company considered many regions, but ultimately chose Killarney to be the location of their magnificent project. Today, the Great Southern Killarney has a variety of accommodation options, including luxurious guestrooms, one- and two-bedroom suites with dressing rooms and/or lounges, self-catering holiday homes, and two Victorian cottage apartments. Each of the 177 guestrooms and suites offer sumptuous luxury, whether within the hotel's original Victorian building, with its high ceilings and tall windows, or in the Garden Wing, where chic guestrooms offer contemporary accents and style.

Great Southern Killarney has been named to these Historic Hotels Worldwide Top 25 Lists

The 2022 Top 25 Historic Hotels Worldwide Most Romantic Hotels
The 2022 Top 25 Historic Hotels Worldwide Most Magnificent Gardens

Image of hotel exterior, Great Southern Killarney, 1854, Member of Historic Hotels Worldwide, in Killarney, Ireland, Video


Discover the unique heritage and history of Great Southern Killarney. Built in 1854 with the remit to ‘take the guest’s breath away’, this iconic retreat still stands proudly as Killarney’s Premier Historic Hotel.


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Experience The Kerry Bog Village Museum in nearby Quaybaun.


Discover the spectacular architecture of this iconic 19th-century retreat.


Explore Ross Castle just moments away.


Experience the inherent beauty of Killarney National Park.


Taste the best of the Kerry countryside at the Garden Room Restaurant.

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