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Ardfert or Ard Fherta in Irish means "The Height of the Graves." Ardfert village is only 8km north of Tralee on the R551 in the county of Kerry. This village sprung up around the ancient church of St. Brendan, who was reputedly born nearby in 484 A.D. for a long time Ardfert was the county capital, it being a major ecclesiastical centre. This lofty standing continued until the late 16th century, at which time changing ecclesiastical circumstances forced it into a gradual decline.


This area is rich in terms of its archaeological heritage. There are three medieval churches, an ogham stone and a number of early Christian and medieval grave slabs on this site. The cathedral is the oldest building dating from the 12th to the 17th century it has a Romanesque door, a magnificent 13th century east window and a spectacular row of nine lancets in the south wall. The Ardfert Cathedral, heritage site is open for guided tours over the Easter period and again from the end of April to the end of September.

There are two Blue Flag beaches within a short distance from the village. The beautiful Banna Strand (beach) is only 4km west from the village of Ardfert and travelling north, from the village for 8km will bring you to the seaside resort of Ballyheigue.

Those visitors wishing to do some walking in the area can access the North Kerry Way (Slí Chiarraí Thuaidh) this is one of Ireland's long-distance Waymarked Ways, its total length is 48 km (near enough to 29 miles). Average walkers should find little difficulty in completing it in two days, but it can be broken up into shorter stages.

Nearby, the town of 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.

Transport to Ardfert, from Tralee is provided by Bus Eireann a journey of just 15 minutes.

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