Welcome to The Great Southern Killarney

Killarney’s Premier Historic Hotel

We are very much looking forward to welcoming old friends and new to the Great Southern Killarney. Spectacular architecture melded with effortless service and genuine hospitality has made Great Southern Killarney an iconic retreat for over 160 years. Originally opened in 1854, the hotel was named The Great Southern Hotel for over 100 years then changed to The Malton Killarney in 2007 before returning once again in 2018 as the iconic Great Southern Killarney.  The reason for returning back to the Great Soutehrn from The Malton was that many members of the local community and also our guests still refer to, and are familiar with the hotel as the Great Southern, and also due to the Great Southern’s rich history and it’s positive legacy which endures. Killarney hoteliers, the Scally Family, who also own Killarney Royal and Hayfield Manor in Cork undertook ownership of the Great Southern in November 2014, since then the Great Southern team have worked towards restoring the hotel to its former greatness. As part of that restoration project, the hotel’s magnificent Grand Foyer has been restored to the original Victorian design, the sublime public areas have been redecorated in classical style, an extensive bedroom refurbishment program has been undertaken and the facilities surrounding The Great Room and the hotel’s Event Centre have been upgraded.

Today Great Southern Killarney stands proudly as Killarney’s Premier Historic Hotel. The hotel is uniquely situated on 6 acres of beautiful gardens, directly adjacent to Killarney Train Station, right in the heart of Killarney town centre. Great Southern Killarney enjoys an impressive history, throughout which the hotel has fortunately retained its striking original Victorian features, as well as developing a deluxe guest experience with beautifully appointed accommodation & guest facilities including the gourmet Garden Room Restaurant, the welcoming meeting point Brownes - The Bar, The Killarney Wine Room, home to the hotel’s wine tasting experience & traditional Afternoon Tea served daily in The Grand Foyer & the beautifully restful, Reading Room Residents’ Lounge. Great Southern Killarney is also home to Killarney’s premier events centre, with a choice of venues in which to host prestigious corporate and social events & intimate or grand-scale weddings. As well as being surrounded by beautiful gardens right in the centre of bustling Killarney town, Great Southern Killarney is also within a moment’s walking distance of the sublime Killarney National Park, & is favourably located directly adjacent to Killarney Railway Station. For visitors to Killarney, Great Southern presents a truly unrivalled location, be it for a social or leisure break to explore Co. Kerry, a luxury wedding or for a business conference, Great Southern Killarney provides the finest service coupled with outstanding facilities. For family holidays & breaks, Great Southern hosts the Kerry Cubs kids clubs throughout the school holidays with a host of activities for children allowing parents and guardians a little time to enjoy the hotel and all the amenities of Killarney beyond. For a special occasion Great Southern is a central venue of choice in Killarney with private dining celebrations and parties hosted in the hotel’s spectacular Victorian suites – The Picture Room, The Lake Room & The Writer’s Room.

Onsite Car Parking is available on a complimentary basis to all residents & free WIFI is offered throughout the hotel. For the very best value it is best to book direct with Great Southern Killarney & begin by perusing our exclusive Special Offers. From your base at Great Southern Killarney in the heart of Killarney Town centre you are in the perfect location to set off on an adventure, explore the iconic Ring of Kerry, taking you on a breath-taking tour of wild seas and rugged landscapes along the Wild Atlantic Way. Opt to enjoy a day in nearby Killarney National Park, with its stunning woodlands, historic buildings, lakes and mountains or enjoy a game of Golf with half a dozen championship golf courses to choose room a mere ‘putt’ away including the world famous course of Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, Ballybunion Golf Club, Waterville Golf Links & Dooks Golf Club. Opt to simply ramble to your heart’s content around quaint Killarney town centre full of boutiques, cafés, shops and art galleries or enjoy some treatment time in the Innisfallen Health & Beauty rooms. After a busy morning’s touring Killarney town, pause for respite with Great Southern Killarney's famous Afternoon Tea served in the magnificent surrounds of The Grand Foyer, a people watching haven, or, as a resident, The Reading Room Residents’ Lounge is exclusively available to you to enjoy a quiet lunch. As the day comes to a close, dine in one of Great Southern Killarney’s exceptional restaurants, choose from gourmet dining in the award winning Garden Room Restaurant, the unique & interactive wine experience at The Killarney Wine Rooms or savour delicious bar food in Brownes - The Bar, which also houses the poplular Whiskey Tasting Corner that stocks an exquisite selection of whiskey from across the globe.

Gift vouchers are also available for all services at Great Southern and your Great Southern Gift Card can also be redeemed at our other Hayfield Family Collection Properties of Killarney Royal & Hayfield Manor in Cork. We look forward to warmly welcoming you to the Great Southern, Killarney’s Premier Historic Hotel and to creating a hots of delightful memories for you during your stay.

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