Blennerville Windmill stands as the dominant landmark in Tralee Bay – where the town of Tralee meets the Dingle Peninsula. It was authentically restored to full working order in the 1980s. It is the only windmill along Ireland’s Atlantic Way and is the largest working windmill in Ireland.
A visit to Blennerville Windmill Centre will involve viewing a short video presentation on the history of the windmill and Blennerville as an emigration port during the Great Famine in the mid-1800s. There will be time to browse in the exhibition on emigration and the JEANIE JOHNSTON famine ship, followed by a guided tour of the Windmill. Children particularly like to see how flour is made by turning the ancient quorn stone. The final leg of the tour is a visit to the KERRY MODEL RAILWAY which is always of interest to children and the young at heart! We also have an interesting display of vintage farm and home equipment…… one to bring back memories of past times. Feel free to spend time browsing in our gift shop.
Blennerville is an ideal spot for birdwatchers. Watch the local population of Herons, Egrets, and the many migrating species, from the Bird Watching platform and telescope overlooking “Slí na nÉan” – “The Way of the Birds”.
The Museum’s Exhibits cover a wide range of topics, from the history of milling and the role of the windmill in the local economy, to the experiences of Irish emigrants and the story of the Jeanie Johnston ship.
In addition to the exhibits, Blennerville Windmill also hosts various events throughout the year and special tours for schools and community groups.
The windmill and its surrounding area are also popular for outdoor activities, such as walking and cycling along the nearby Tralee Canal or hiking in the nearby Slieve Mish mountains.Blennerville Windmill is a must-see destination for visitors to Tralee and County Kerry, offering a unique glimpse into Ireland’s past and its connection to the natural world. Its continued preservation and celebration is a testament to the importance of preserving Ireland’s cultural and industrial heritage for future generations.
Blennerville Windmill is not only a historic landmark and museum, but also a symbol of the resilience and ingenuity of the Irish people. Its location on the edge of Tralee Bay has given it a strong connection to both the maritime and emigration histories of the region.
The museum’s exhibits cover a wide range of topics, from the history of milling and the role of the windmill in the local economy, to the experiences of Irish emigrants and the story of the Jeanie Johnston ship.