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Tralee Travel Guide, Ireland

The town of Tralee on the northern side of the Dingle Peninsula in southwestern Ireland is the largest town in Kerry County and one of Ireland’s major tourist attractions. Tralee has a little bit of everything: great shopping centres, historical buildings, museums, and archeological sites. County Kerry is famous for its beautiful shorelines, mountains and lakes, and Tralee is the perfect departure point for many scenic walks in the area. This Tralee Travel Guide will give you some tips that will help you plan your perfect holiday.

Tralee Travel Guide - Transport

Travelling by car to Tralee is very simple. The town is the crossed by several national highways, and can be easily reached from Limerick, Killarney and other nearby cities. The train station in Tralee has links to many important destinations in the country, such as Dublin, Cork and Galway. Train tickets are not expensive and the services of Ireland’s national railway company are exceptionally good. Bus Éireann operates numerous and frequent connections to most Irish cities. If you plan on travelling by plane, you can land at Kerry Airport, a hub for Ireland’s low cost air company, Ryanair. The airport provides frequent flights to and from other Irish airports and many major European destinations. Tralee is not a large town, but there are local bus services from the city centre to the outskirts and more remote neighbourhoods. In the city centre, the best way to get around is on foot, and this way you can admire the typical brightly coloured Irish buildings and the exquisite wooden facades of traditional pubs.

Tralee Travel Guide - Accommodation

Tralee is a very popular tourist destination, so there is a way range of accommodation for every type of budget. There is a large number of hostels and backpacker hotels that offer good lodging conditions at reasonable prices. Finnegan’s Hostel is a family owned business established in a cozy historical building, a five minute walk away from the train stations and the main tourist attractions. The atmosphere is very friendly and rooms are comfortable and you can taste traditional dishes and seafood delicacies in the hostel’s excellent restaurant. Another great place to stay is Ballyseede Castle Hotel, a stunning building surrounded by several acres of lush gardens. The rooms are very well furnished and there are additional services such as a library bar and a large wine cellar. If you prefer a friendly, family atmosphere you can stay in one of Tralee’s may guesthouses. Rooms are usually reasonably priced and very comfortable. This Tralee Travel Guide recommends Ashe Townhouse in the town centre, a beautiful Georgian building that manages to preserve the house’s historical feel.

Tralee Travel Guide - Festivals and events

Tralee is well known for its yearly international competition, the Rose of Tralee, an event inspired by a traditional Irish ballad. The competition is held every August, and in addition to the beauty pageant section of the event, there are many other activities such as live concerts and craft sales. Other less famous but equally entertaining events include Con Curtin Music Festival in June and Kingdom County Fair in May.

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