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Blarney Castle & Gardens

Open today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Situated 8km from Cork City, this historic castle is most famous for its stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it. The word Blarney was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is...more
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Blarney, Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday

Well worth the time to travel here. Took a day trip from Dublin and it was great decision Climbing the stairs in the castle to the top to kiss the stone requires an abled bodied to handle the tight winding steep staircase to the top...More

Thank Jill0519
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were a little leery about plunking down 18 euro each to get in, after spending similar entry fees at other castles and "rocks" while touring. This was the best money we spent in Ireland (except maybe for the Guinness). The castle is so well...More

1  Thank Fish4Stripers
Reviewed 2 days ago

Parking is within a very short walk. Tickets and a gift shop are but 5 minutes from parking. The walk is nice. Some steps and moderate incline. Once inside the castle door, you will need to be abled bodied in order to handle the tight...More

Thank Kari S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Come early and get to the top of the castle to kiss the stone. After that enjoy the beautiful gardens and sculptures. Visit the poison garden and get a kick out of them growing marijuana and other illegal plants. Visit the sculptures and enjoy the...More

Thank Delong187
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It was a steep narrow climb to the top for those with aversion of heights, but a fun adventure. Once at the top you assisted to hang over the edge to kiss the stone. Views of the countryside are beautiful. While there were signs stating...More

Thank Mitchell F
Reviewed 3 days ago

I am Dublin born and bred and I have been here twice. The garden is amazing and is so quiet and peaceful. The castle (even with the tourists) is well worth the visit. I am afraid of heights and never kiss the stone even tough...More

Thank Stern_Review
Reviewed 4 days ago

The site is magnificent with many walkways, trees, flowers, artwork and wildlife. The castle is really special. Its visit is not for people with mobility problems.

Thank dbmm
Reviewed 5 days ago

We had a very nice stop at the Blarney castle and grounds. Since this was near the end of our trip, I had already walked up many steps to castles. I kissed a stone on the Blarney grounds, so in reality I did kiss the...More

Thank anidaugh1
Reviewed 6 days ago

Very interesting to see the old castle and learn about the history. The grounds are expansive - leave yourself plenty of time to explore. Don't kiss the Blarney stone - it's a myth and I'm told by locals none of them do it. It's just...More

Thank Karen A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately for us, we accidentally rocked up at the same time as an American tour group and so had to queue for quite a while to get around the castle itself - if only we had gone around the grounds first we would have been...More

Thank Leah B
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Jon R
16 August 2018|
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Response from DonnamjCan | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Lots of people have answered but I'll answer too! The entrance can be a bit confusing so don't feel pressured when you are driving in there and just try and watch the signs really well when you go in and out!
Jon R
16 August 2018|
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Response from BuckinPA | Reviewed this property |
There was parking for motor coaches, so I'm thinking they could park your motorhome.
1 August 2018|
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Response from Anna W | Reviewed this property |
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