Siamsa Tíre – one of the best places to visit in Ireland

Looking for things to do in Ireland? Visit Siamsa Tíre, home of the National Folk Theatre of Ireland


Siamsa Tire


Whether you’re a first time or a frequent visitor to the Emerald Isle, make sure you don’t miss Siamsa Tíre, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland, in Tralee, County Kerry. For decades, Siamsa Tíre has been one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions.


In our unique and beautiful location in Tralee, County Kerry, we have a cultural centre, a theatre, a gallery and the National Folk Archive of Ireland. At Siamsa Tíre, visitors to Ireland can:


  • experience cultural heritage tours
  • see Ireland’s leading traditional artists and performers in Siamsa Tíre’s unique folk theatre productions
  • take part in cultural workshops
  • enjoy Irish contemporary theatre, dance, folk music, comedy and literary events, all under one roof


The name ‘Siamsa Tíre’ means ‘entertainment of the land’ in the Irish language, and that is what our team of entertainers and performers will provide to you: a truly immersive, authentic and exciting Irish cultural experience.


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One of the best places to visit in Ireland

Siamsa Tíre has been welcoming visitors since the 1970s and is consistently rated as one of the best places to visit in Ireland.


Siamsa Tíre has a 5-star rating from TripAdvisor and is noted as one of the top attractions for tourists visiting Tralee and County Kerry.


What our visitors say:


“great music, great sets, fantastic story woven beautifully through the whole show.”


“the best Irish folk show in the country. Not just excellent step dancing and foot tapping Irish music (although there’s plenty of that), their shows feature excellent lighting, stage-craft, and effects.”


“The food, drink and entertainment was fabulous and worth every penny.”


A selection of our 5 star TripAdvisor reviews

Our location in beautiful County Kerry

We’re located in Tralee, in the north of County Kerry on the Wild Atlantic Way. You may have heard of Tralee town before, as we’re quite well known for our Rose of Tralee International Festival. Tralee is also home to the Kerry County Museum with galleries on local history and a medieval recreation of Tralee town. To help you make the most of your visit to our town, download the Tralee By The Sea brochure and check out where you can stay, eat, and do while you’re Visiting Kerry.


Expanding out from Tralee, you’ll find that the tourist attractions in Country Kerry are some of the best locations to visit in Ireland. Kerry is located on the South West coast, and is easily accessible from major transport hubs including Cork, Limerick and Shannon. You can find us by travelling up the Wild Atlantic Way south from rugged west Cork, or visit us driving north, past Galway Bay.


And while you’re in County Kerry, take advantage of the must-see Irish tourist attractions and beautiful landscapes including: Killarney National Park, the Dingle peninsula, the Ring of Kerry and World UNESCO heritage site and Star Wars filming location Skellig Michael.


A truly historical place to visit in Ireland

Siamsa Tíre is focused on the past, present and future of Irish folk culture, encompassing a wide range of performing arts practices – including music, song, dance and theatre. Over its 50 plus year history, the theatre has aimed to preserve and promote Irish culture, share oral traditions and expressions, including the Irish language as both a vehicle and repository of cultural identity; along with folklore, myths, and legends.


Siamsa Tíre also strives to connect customs, rituals and festive events in line with the Celtic Calendar; to create understanding of and interaction with nature and the universe. Visitors can connect and engage directly with Ireland’s cultural heritage at Siamsa Tíre’s National Folk Theatre Training Academy.

Travelling to Ireland and Safety Information

As COVID-19 restrictions have lifted, Siamsa Tíre is once again open to the public. Updates will be available on the Siamsa Tíre website as the situation evolves.


In order to make the most of your trip to Kerry pre-book your live events, workshops and cultural tours, which can be viewed on our What’s On page.


Our Box Office is open for calls if you have enquiries regarding future events and advance bookings.  You can reach us on +353 (066) 7123055 or email [email protected]. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday (excluding Tuesdays) 10am to 6pm. If you leave a message or email us, please be patient and we will get back to you.


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Get a flavour of Siamsa Tíre

We invite you to explore some of our past performances to get a flavour of Siamsa Tíre’s unique culture.


Our online concert for St Patrick’s Day 2021 is the perfect event to give you a taste of the music, song and dance that we celebrate here at Siamsa Tíre – you can also watch and share it on our Facebook page.


You can see many more videos on our online performances page and enjoy beautiful folk music and dance shows from the comfort of your home.


Plan your visit

We have useful information to help you plan the perfect itinerary for your visit to Kerry and to Siamsa Tíre:


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