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Founded by John FitzThomas Fitzgerald, an Anglo-Norman knight, in the early 1200s, Tralee has developed into a modern and culture-soaked town that attracts visitors from far and wide. With over 25,000 inhabitants, the bustling town has many sights and activities that cater for various interests.
The town is best known for The Rose of Tralee, an annual international festival that takes place in the town every year. What is more, the Tralee Town Park has a glass wall with the names of all the contestants of the festival written on it. With Tralee hosting this famous festival, the town has become accustomed to welcoming thousands of visitors from all over the world and, as a result, can be a very welcoming and hospitable place to visit.
Hotels in Tralee
With a good selection of basic to five-star hotels, Tralee is a perfect place for a weekend break or longer holiday with the family. Hotels range from historic castles to modern hotels, with luxurious amenities such as swimming pools and spas in some.
Things to Do in Tralee
Tralee has a host of activities to keep all entertained, from theatres and museums to various eateries and bars.
For those seeking cultural and historical experiences, the Kerry Museum houses several exhibition spaces that bring to life Tralee throughout the different ages, including: the ins and outs of Tralee in 1450, the prehistoric to Viking ages, and 1950s – 70s Ireland. There is the Siamsa Tire (translated from Gaelic Irish to English as the ‘mirth and music of the land’), The National Folk Theatre of Ireland, a theatre based within Tralee Town Park, where traditional Irish dance, song, music and drama are performed regularly. The theatre’s authentic traditional Irish experiences draw in locals and visitors to Tralee.
In addition to cultural events, Tralee also offers great indoor activities, including The Playdium, Kerry’s largest indoor kids’ play area, Harmony Leisure Club, a leisure facility based at Manor West Hotel, Bowling Buddies, a tenpin bowling centre, and Kingdom Greyhound Stadium, a greyhound-racing venue.
For those seeking restoration and relaxation, the Nadur Spa at Ballygarry House and Herbs & Roses Spa in Tralee have treatments and peaceful surroundings that are likely to wash away any stresses or worries and leave you feeling rejuvenated.
Just outside of Tralee Town is Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, a natural reserve that spans 3,000 hectares. A boat ride is available to take visitors through the area.
Eating and Drinking in Tralee
Based within County Kerry, a county well known for its fresh and home-grown produce, Tralee is unsurprisingly a great location for food and drink lovers. The town itself is home to an array of great restaurants offering fresh seafood, fish and meat dishes, and a variety of other dishes that cater to many tastes. There are also plenty of cafes, where treats and freshly brewed coffee can be enjoyed. In Tralee, visitors can also check out its many traditional and modern pubs and bars, where live entertainment, drinks and good ‘craic’ can be guaranteed.