Tralee is the capital town of County Kerry and Ireland’s 7th largest town. It is a bustling shopping, tourism, commercial, educational, retail, industrial and services centre, the seat of local government, and a regional transport hub.
Tralee has all the facilities of a county capital: excellent shopping both in the Town Centre and in the Manor West Retail Park, historic buildings, sporting facilities and splendid open spaces including the centrally located Tralee Town Park with its award winning Rose Garden and Garden of the Senses. Tralee boasts a range of all-weather visitor attractions unmatched in any Irish regional town including the Aqua Dome Waterworld, Siamsa Tíre – the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, Kerry County Museum - Ireland’s most visited regional museum., and the historic Blennerville Windmill and Steam Railway and recently re-opened Tralee Ship Canal.
Tralee is home to the world-famous Rose of Tralee International Festival (mid August) and an expanding number of weekend festivals including Pageant Kerry (St. Patrick’s Weekend in March), Samhlaíocht Chiarraí Easter Arts Festival, Tralee Garden Festival / Féile na mBláth (mid June) and the Kerry Film Festival (October).
Tralee is fortunate to have a wide range of sports and recreational facilities for all ages and tastes:
Tralee Sports & Leisure Centre incorporating a 25mtr pool and kiddies pool provides facilities for all ages and standards from learner to the serious swimmer and is the home of the successful Kingdom Swimming Club. The facility also incorporates a modern fitness suite, sports hall, squash/racquetball courts and outdoor tennis courts.
Tralee Aquadome is one of Ireland’s largest and most modern indoor water leisure facilities incorporating a free form leisure pool, waves, rapids, water slide and sauna suite. An outdoor adventure play area with crazy golf and model boats has recently been added.
Tralee’s Town Park covering some 80 acres and located in the heart of the town provides a quiet haven which allows resident and visitor alike to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Its Rose Garden with its many unique varieties receives widespread acclaim. The Park also contains a modern children’s playground and pets corner.
Both the Dingle Way and the North Kerry Way commence in Tralee. These two routes open up the beauty and tranquillity of rural Kerry to the casual and serious walker. There are many local walks in the town including the canal bank walk and the walk to Ballyseedy Wood. A new 9.9 kms walk known as Slí na Sláinte has recently been developed around the Town.
Tralee Golf Club, the first course in Europe designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer, has developed a superb 18 hole ‘links’ course at Barrow some 9 miles from Tralee. In addition there are a number of 9 hole courses within and around the town.
A new 100-berth marina facility has been developed at Fenit, just 8 miles from Tralee which is proving very popular as an overnight stop sailing the west coast of Ireland. Fenit is also the home of Tralee Sailing Club and Tralee & Fenit Sea Angling Club both of whom have developed extensive clubhouse facilities.
The recently rehabilitated Tralee & Fenit ship canal further enhances opportunities for water based leisure activities in and about the town. Fenit, Banna and Ballyheigue Blue Flag beaches are all within easy reach of Tralee also.
Tralee has a modern four screen multiplex cinema, which has an extensive weekly programme.
The Kingdom Greyhound stadium, which has been developed to the highest standard provides racing twice weekly.
Tralee has many other attractions, which would be expected, in a town of its size including Bowling Alley, Snooker Hall, Indoor Kiddies Adventure Centre, and Equestrian Centre. It is also very well served by places to eat out ranging from quality pubs to award winning restaurants.