Built in 1799, the Lansdowne Arms Hotel was the town residence for William Perry Fitzmaurice, the 2nd Earl of Shelbourne, and is one of the oldest landmarks in Kenmare. He established a Hotel and Market house which was later owned by 1st Marquis of Lansdowne.
In 1803 fire destroyed much of the building.
In 1840 First visitor was James Anthony Froude, noted English writer and historian to The Lansdowne Arms Hotel.
In 1840 the Market ceased and moved to new a new Market-House in the town square.
In 1869 Prince Arthur, son of Queen Victoria stayed overnight at The Lansdowne Arms Hotel and also staying the same night were 4 MPs.
In 1870 the 5th Marquis hosted a dinner in honour of Kerry's first agricultural show in Kenmare in the Lansdowne Arms Hotel.
In 1870 James Anthony Froude re-visits The Lansdowne Arms Hotel. Throughtout this period all travel writers stayed and visited the South West of Ireland.
In 1920-22 The Lansdowne Arms Hotel was Headquarters to The Black & Tans - most notable prisorer the honourabale Lady Abina Brodrick of Castlecove.
In 1937-50 Well-known Music Composer E.J Moeran was a regular guest at the Lansdowne Arms Hotel.
In 2002 The Lansdowne Arms Hotel was taken over by the Quill Family and the property was renovated but kept in its original traditional Victorian style.
Now a 26 bedroom Boutique Style family-run property, the hotel has a warm and friendly atmosphere with a plush interior and a focus on the authentic Irish experience. The Lansdowne Arms Hotel is a perfect base offering you great food, spacious rooms and a comfortable resting place in the heart of Kerry.
We look forward to welcoming you at the Lansdowne Arms Hotel.