Tucked into the base of the Slieve Mish Mountains, Tralee is the ideal base for experiencing the golden beaches, great golf courses, and rich history of north Kerry. The town of Tralee offers great shopping, lively pub scene, and a vibrant cultural scene.
Tralee is most famous for the Rose of Tralee International Festival, based on the famous song, which has been drawing huge crowds to north Kerry every August since 1959. The festival’s highlight is the selection of the winning Rose from an array of young women of Irish descent, but it offers everything from street entertainment and concerts to carnivals, fireworks, and the Rose Parade.
Tralee has a strong historical tradition, celebrated in the Kerry County Museum in the fine Thomas Ashe Memorial Hall in Tralee town centre. Here you can see award-winning exhibitions on the life of Antarctic explorer Tom Crean, poignant photographic records of yesterday’s Kerry, and remarkable recreations of life in medieval Tralee. Siamsa Tire is another cultural attraction. Home to the Irish National Folk Theatre, it showcases Irish culture by offering an exciting programme of Irish theatre and performance art all year round.