Visitor Information


Plan Your Visit

Located in a beautifully restored 19th century Georgian Residence adjacent to Listowel Castle, Kerry Writers’ Museum is the cultural and tourism hub of North Kerry. As well as discovering all that our museum has to offer, from here you can explore the historic town of Listowel and the surrounding countryside rich in historical structures from Round Towers to Ring Forts. Here you will find information, which will assist you when planning your visit to
Kerry Writers’ Museum.

I come from a small country town in the Southwest of Ireland. I’m a local schoolteacher. The place is only a speck on the map. We cherish our characters, our heroes, our people of significance. Would you care to hear about them?

Bryan MacMahon

Irish playwright & novelist

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Adults | Aged 18 to 64€10.00
Seniors | Ages 65+€8.00
Students | Valid ID required€8.00
Children | Aged 11 to 17 years€5.00
Children | 10 & UnderFree*

* Must be accompanied by an adult. Free admission for children is a special family promotion and does not apply to groups.

Family | 2 Adults & 2 children€20.00

* Children aged 5 years and under are free. (Must be accompanied by an adult. Free admission for children is a special family promotion and does not apply to groups)


Group discounts available. Please contact us here for details.

Self-guided tours available daily on demand.

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Opening Hours

January to May

– Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm

June, July & August

– Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm

September to December

– Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm

Closed bank holidays and for Christmas from December 21st to January 9th.

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Kerry Writers’ Museum is fully accessible with lift access to all levels and separate disabled toilet facilities. Specially adapted handheld audio devices are available for visitors with hearing difficulties. Visitors with guide and assistance dogs are welcome. Baby changing facilities available. Please ask a member of staff if you require assistance in accessing the museum.



Getting Here


Listowel is situated on the N69 scenic Shannon Estuary road route approximately:

18km / 11 miles / 20 minute drive from the Killimer to Tarbert Car Ferry

28km / 17 miles / 25 minute drive from Tralee

60km / 37 miles / 1 hour drive from Killarney

76km / 47 miles / 1¼ hour drive from Limerick City

Longitude: -9.486256700000012

Latitude: 52.4447312

Eircode – V31 RD93

  • Paid car parking in the Square in front of the museum – €2 / 2 hrs.
  • Free car parking in the public car park to the rear of the museum.
  • Free coach parking in the Square.
  • Regular public bus service with bus stop close to the museum. Click here for the Buseireann timetable.

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Tourist Info

We operate Listowel Community Tourist Office in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland and provide local and national information on accommodation, attractions, activities and events. Our friendly staff look forward to your visit and hope that you enjoy your stay in our beautiful town.

January to June: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm

July and August: Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm

September to December: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm

Available to open Sundays for pre-booked group tours. Closed on Bank Holiday Mondays and for the Christmas period from December 21st to January 6th inclusive. Please allow one hour for tours of the Museum before closing time


What people are saying about us
  • Popped in here to escape the rain and get a cup of tea and cake. Very reasonable prices and great service. Then noticed the little hare jumping around on the wall when I used the toilets! Looked very intriguing and prompted us all to buy tickets to the museum. Wow! So worth it as the exhibits and the way it was presented was lovely, really unusual. So informative and so different to other museums. Really good value for money and a real highlight to the town.

    Great Service (Trip Advisor Review)

    – March, 2023

  • Most impressive is how ingrained in both The Creative & local communities The Seanchaí is, from the workshops, coffee mornings & plain old drop ins, To Book launches, poetry recitals, projects & engagements with the local schools. The Seanchaí is a much loved and universally treasured cultural icon. By the inhabitants of Listowel, most of Co. Kerry and West Limerick.

    Mark Ollerhead (Google Review)

    – March, 2023

  • We had requested the 30-minute tour, but happily lingered for an hour longer than we had planned. As we exited, we looked at each other and laughed out loud at our good fortune. We could have so easily missed this experience that left us feeling moved, intrigued and a bit more educated about the Kerry writers. In our delight, we failed to tip our guide but I will be going to your donations page to make a modest pledge in gratitude for our host whose name we did not record to memory.

    Jane Braswell (Google Review)

    – March, 2023

  • Our visit to the Kerry Writers Museum was a very memorable experience from beginning to end. Cara, who was working at the centre that day, was very welcoming and most helpful. The exhibition of the Kerry writers was imaginative and most engaging. The seanchai relating the background stories each writer was magic! A wonderful experience all round.

    Cara (Google Review)

    – May, 2021

  • This museum has been developed with great care and meticulous attention to detail. The audio elements are matched perfectly to the installations which are beautifully presented. The option to activate the audio guides in each room without resorting to the use of handheld devices worked very well. This is a must see/hear for anyone with an interest in Irish writing. There is also a little coffee shop and gifts on sale.

    Beautifully Curated (Trip Advisor Review)

    – July, 2019


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