Kerry County Council’s Built Infrastructure
Kerry County Council manages a number of tourist attractions and facilities in the county including:
Blennerville Windmill http://www.blennerville-windmill.ie/
Ireland’s largest working windmill and home to Kerry’s model railway is located just outside Tralee in the scenic and historic village of Blennerville, gateway to the Dingle Peninsula. Blennerville Windmill is an iconic landmark in Tralee Bay and was authentically restored in the 1980s. It is the only windmill along the Wild Atlantic Way and welcomes visitors from March to October annually. The Windmill also hosts the Kerry Model Railway and a model of the Tralee-Dingle narrow-gauge is exhibited in the complex. There is also an emigration display to reflect Blennerville’s history as the main port of emigration from County Kerry during the Great Famine. At that time, it was home to the famous emigrant barque, the ‘Jeanie Johnston’ and the display includes a model of this infamous coffin ship. A fascinating vintage equipment display of 19th and early 20th Century tools and machines offers visitors a glimpse of what life was like in Kerry at that time.
Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco & Activity Centre https://www.traleebaywetlands.org/
Located within walking distance of the town centre, Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco & Activity Park is a vibrant yet tranquil place to visit. On site facilities include a Lakeside Café, an Ecology and Wildlife Park and a host of activities including self-guided nature tour, pedal boats, zorbing, climbing wall, outdoor exercise equipment as well as a toddler’s playground.
A state of the art interactive wildlife exhibition tells the story of natural heritage in Tralee from its ancient geological formation to the management challenges of the future. A guided nature boat tour allows visitors to spot wildlife such as wading birds, dragonflies, shrews, newts, frogs and other wetland mammals as well as learning about the history and folklore of the region and how the wetland area is managed.
A 20-metre-high viewing tower offers stunning views of the 8000-acre reserve or for the more adventurous, a climb to the top of the 9-metre-high climbing wall also offers spectacular views, if you make it to the top! Other activities on site include pedalo boat hire, water zorbing and rowing boats. The Visitor Centre offers toilets, baby changing facilities and a tourism information service.
Discover and enjoy the nature at Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco & Activity Park.
Kerry County Museum http://www.kerrymuseum.ie/
Located in the heart of Tralee town in the historical Ashe Memorial Hall, the Kerry County Museum hosts an array of artefacts, interactive galleries and hands-on activities that highlight Kerry’s rich heritage and archaeology. The Museum aims to share and communicate Kerry’s heritage through education programmes, exhibitions, events, research and publications. It holds in trust, collects and cares for over 4,000 artefacts related to the county and its people, from the stone age through to the late 20th Century. As well as the main gallery, the Museum also has a special exhibition gallery, a Tom Crean Room, an Archaeology Hall as well as housing a number of temporary exhibitions. Visitors also get an opportunity to travel back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Tralee in 1450AD when they stroll through the Medieval Experience. The Bone Investigators is an interactive gallery exploring Tralee’s past through the eyes of archaeologists. A stroll through the Medieval Experience reveals the streets of Tralee as they were in 1450 AD with all the sights, sounds and robust smells of a bustling community. See what people wore, what they ate, where they lived, and discover why the Fitzgeralds, the Earls of Desmond, who founded the town, also destroyed it. With season activities, camps and workshops taking place throughout the year, the Kerry County Museum is ideal for families.
Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre https://killarney.coralleisure.ie/
Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre is a state-of-the-art facility that offers both membership and pay as you go options for individuals and groups of all abilities. The centre includes a 25m five-lane swimming pool, learner and baby pools, a health suits, treatment rooms, a full equipped gym, fitness studio and Kerry’s largest indoor sports arena.