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Killarney School of English


The school is a family run school next to Killarney National Park, set in the most magnificent location in Ireland. We offer places to children, teenagers and adults.  We have a very impressive and thorough social & activity programme and top class accommodation on offer.

Killarney School of English is overall a friendly school drawing on the Irish experience. Even if you come alone, you will soon find many friends. People in Killarney have been welcoming tourists for 250 years so are very friendly.


All of our classrooms are modern, light and airy. In addition all classrooms are  equipped with tape recorders, CD players and DVDs
The maximum capacity  of our adult school is 40 students. If this gets fully booked then students are located at our other school in Lissivigeen, Killarney. Lissivigeen is a 5 minutes drive from the main school in Muckross. 

Classroom Students
All of our classrooms are modern, light and airy. In addition all classrooms are  equipped with tape recorders, CD players and DVDs.
coffee shop
There is a common room on the top floor with a coffee machine where you can relax and meet other students. There is a fridge and a microwave also. There are picnic tables in an eating area at the back of the school to have your lunch if the weather is nice!
Free wifi
The School is a WIFI Hotspot so if you bring your laptop you can connect to the Internet for free

Social activities

The activity programme operates in the afternoon between 2 and 5pm after morning classes (see GE3 English Plus Activities Course). Killarney prides itself on its magnificent scenery and rich cultural heritage. Our activity programmes are therefore predominantly outdoors-based utilising the National Park with its mountains, lakes, castles and manor houses. Our activities are supervised by experienced team leaders who are English teachers themselves giving you the opportunity to practice your English in a more relaxed and informal setting.
We have separate programmes for adults, teenagers or small children.

Children's Activities
These activities tend to be more educational in focus. They include nature trails, outdoor games, arts and crafts, drama, traditional music and Irish dancing lessons. In addition there are visits to pet and traditional farms and a fabulous visit to Ross Castle with a boat trip to Inisfallen Island.
The majority of these activities have been specifically selected because they are task-based and require instruction through the medium of English. This means that the learning of English continues all through the afternoon conducted and coordinated by qualified EFL teachers.

Teenager Activities
This activity programme tends to be more sports-based although it also includes cultural visits. Sports covered include volleyball, tag rugby, basketball, soccer, pitch and putt (3 par golf) , gaelic football, cycling and kayaking. Cultural visits include Ross Castle and a boat trip to Inisfallen Island, Muckross House and gardens.

Adult activities
The adult activity programme tends to have more of a cultural focus. It includes visits to Muckross House, Abbey and gardens; Ross Castle and a boat trip out to Inisfallen Island; Muckross Traditional Farms. In addition, there are weekly walks and cycles around the National Park, half-day trips to the neighbouring towns of Kenmare and Tralee; and traditional music and Irish dancing lessons.


Self-Catering Accommodation

We have a wide variety of self-catering apartments and houses. These can cater from 1-10 people. Some of these are located in Killarney town centre, within walking distance of Killarney and also in the heart of the countryside. All apartments and houses are approved by the Irish tourist board. We can send you a list of the different options in or around Killarney (1, 2, 3, 4 bedroom options with prices and distances). You can make the booking directly or we can make it for you, whichever you prefer. One word of warning, many of these get booked very quickly and early in the year (especially for mid-July to mid-August, so we would advise an early booking

Bed & Breakfast

We can arrange bed & breakfast (sometimes evening meals). They can vary in price from €30 to €80 per night per person depending on time of the year. Below are some links to their web sites.

Host Family

All our families are native speakers. Students are placed with caring host families who will involve you in their family life giving you plenty of speaking and listening practice .Our host families will be happy to deal with any dietary requirements, allergies or special needs you may have. If you have children we will try and find a family with children of a similar age.

All host families live within 30 minutes of the school.Transport is provided to and from school  However, if you wish we can try and find you a family near the town centre or in the countryside. All homes are modern and comfortable. We have built great relationships with the families and they will do everything to make your stay more comfortable. You will experience the warmth and friendliness of an Irish home. All homes are inspected by our accommodation officer.


Hostels offer cheap and clean accommodation, ideal for a few nights while you try to find more permanent accommodation.


There are over 50 hotels in Killarney. A particularly good option would be the Killarney Oaks Hotel which is located directly next to the school on the Muckross Road.

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