As well as our original home of Killarney, Celtic Steps The Show is looking forward to being back in Tralee Town, our second home, for a new season this Summer, so we have decided to put together some of our favourite things to do in Kerry’s capital.
Cultural Activities In Tralee
If you’re looking for a showcase of fantastic Irish culture on your tour of Ireland this Summer, then look no further than Tralee. With Celtic Steps The Show, featuring World Champion Irish Dancers & Musicians, performing nightly at the Brandon Conference Centre from May to September, you can be guaranteed the very best of Irish stories, music, song and dance.
Additionally, Siamsa Tíre, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland is also located just across the road and hosts a variety of fantastic Irish productions from musicals and comedies to tragedies and everything in between.
If you prefer to experience culture in a more low-key and casual setting, then Tralee’s pub scene is always worth checking out with many bars like Seán Óg’s and The Pikeman offering traditional Irish music nightly with local and travelling musicians and of course plenty of craic to go with it!
Historical Experiences In Tralee
Tralee Town Park & Rose Garden which dates back as far as the 17th century is a little bit of historical heaven located in the epicentre of Tralee Town. Spanning a whole 35 acres, it is one of the largest urban gardens in the whole of Ireland and strikes the perfect balance between culture and nature.
Originally owned by the Denny Family, the Park was purchased by the Tralee Urban Town Council in 1922 and is now home to 1000 mature trees, a variety of bird species and a stunning Rose Garden with over 6000 roses. Other highlights include the Garden of Senses, the Rose Wall which is inscribed with all the names of the Rose of Tralee finalists, as well as a Children’s Playground and Community Garden.
If after all that, you are still looking to learn more about the Town’s history, then take a quick stroll around to the widely celebrated Kerry County Museum with a vast array of fascinating exhibitions focusing on Tralee and its illustrious past.
Choose from a medieval experience in which you can explore Tralee in 1450AD including all the sounds and smells, an Archaeology Hall, and an exhibition dedicated to famous Kerry explorer Tom Crean and his captivating Antartic adventures, to name a few. History buffs are in for a real treat.
Entertaining Events In Tralee
Tralee offers a whole host of family friendly events this Summer, kicking off with the Food Festival from the 1st to the 4th of May. Spend the day in Tralee’s very own food mecca, sampling some of Kerry’s finest culinary titbits at the festival’s food market, enjoy taste trails and cooking demos and if that wasn’t enough, there’s also live entertainment and music, making it the ultimate family day out!
Next up on the events list is the big one, The Rose of Tralee. The famous event is one of Ireland’s largest and longest running festivals of all time and is celebrating its 61st year running this August 2020.
The Festival which is based on a 19th Century ballad of the same name, sees ladies with Irish roots, (aka Roses), from all over the world join together in Tralee to take part in this huge celebration of Irish culture with one of them being crowned the Rose of Tralee.
The Festival includes a week-long of festivities for all the family including the Rose Ball, a Fashion Show, Open-Air Concerts and Shows, a Carnival and much more.
Food To Feast On In Tralee
There are many culinary delights that await you here in the jewel of Kerry’s crown. We highly recommend our friends at Croí, a restaurant that focuses on genuine local and seasonal produce – and we can promise you, you will not get fresher food than here. Specializing in wholesome Irish fayre, they also offer a tapas and cocktail Menu at their new bar, the Cocktail Heist.
Other local favourites include Bella Bia for the best Italian in town, the Roast House for a quick and tasty spot of lunch, the Oyster Tavern for great local seafood, the Blasket Bar and Restaurant for traditional pub grub, and John Doughs Bakery for delicious baked goods… oh and don’t forget to take a wander through the town’s Farmer’s Market which takes place every Saturday for a little something special to take back home.
Outdoor Adventures In Tralee
If you are a sucker for adventure and a lover of the great outdoors, then Tralee has a whole host of surprises in store for you.
Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco & Activity Park is a paradise for nature boffins and thrill seekers alike. Catch panoramic views across the Wild Atlantic Way from a 20 metre viewing Tower, check out the Park’s range of local and tropical species at its Ecology & Wildlife Centre, get wet and wild at the Watersports and Activity Lake or relax with a coffee at the Lakeside Cafe…. phew, there really is something for everyone!
Situated in Fenit, just 7 miles from Tralee Town, Tralee Maritime Centre is also a fantastic outdoor destination having access to some of the best waters of the West Coast of Kerry and offering a variety of maritime excursions. Take your pick of sailing, power boating, angling, kayaking and more.
So there you have it folks, so many reasons to visit our town of Tralee and a full jam-packed itinerary ready to go for when you do….. just don’t forget to visit little old us before you leave!
Photo Credit: www.Tralee.ie