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Blarney Stone

Ireland
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As featured in Daytrips from Dublin
Ranked #29 of 232 attractions in County Cork
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Traveler Description:   The ring of Kerry is magical.  The trip to Blarney castle offered spectacular vistas.  Blarney is in Co. Cork not in Co. Kerry! The walk up the... more »
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NJ
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Get there early to avoid lines. The actual stone is located at the top of the castle. The scenery is breathtaking worth going all the way to the top. It's a little awkward at the way you have to sit to kiss the stone. A lot of steps involved, wear good shoes and enjoy.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I avoided kissing the blarney stone, but enjoyed the castle and grounds. Its definitely worth a visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

As the title says, you dont really want to wait in line behind 2 or 3 tour buses... It can be a long wait to clomb the castle and kiss the stone! We stayed nearby (Blarney golf Resort) so we were there by about 930 in the morning, had the stone done (15 min wait) before noon. By the time... More

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Geraldton, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I always thought the Blarney stone was at ground level, but there you go, it's actually at the top of the Castle. Luckily we got there on a fine day but the queue was longer than I expected. My suggestion is, if the weather looks iffy take along a brolly or raincoat ,a drink, and make sure you make a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

I traveled thousands of miles....I'm kissing the blarney stone. My wife...not so much (worried about touching her lips to where thousands have). So we slathered her in 1/4" of lip gloss: problem solved, lol. Its a bit ackward to position yourself but if you've trudged all those stone steps to the top it would be a shame to miss it.... More

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Hartsville, South Carolina, United States
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138 reviews 138 reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

The best part of Blarney Castle isn't the stone. The castle is surrounded by lots of different gardens. They even have a garden with poison plants. Interesting place. You could spend a couple of hours walking around. Afterwards...check out the largest locally made Irish shop around. This is the best place we found to buy gifts from Ireland.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We visited the Blarney Castle, including the Blarney House and of course the Blarney Stone. It was great, plenty to see. Plenty of walks. We kissed the Blarney Stone. Took us about an hour to reach the top, but it was well worth it. Best to go as early as possible. Otherwise you will have a longer wait. Plenty of... More

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New York City, New York
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Lively historic grounds. The stone itself is a small space at top of castle that you have to lay on the ground face up to kiss. You are rushed to do so and it's all single file. It's a narrow walkway but the view from atop us gorgeous. I suppose it's a must do but Cork part of trip was... More

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Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

So much more than the stone, lots to see and do in grounds but my group only had 2 1/2 hrs. Long line for the stone, so go early, but worth it, hard to get a good picture yourself but u can buy one. I would spend more time in the grounds.

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

Best to arrive when the area opens, because when the tour buses arrive there will be long lines at the castle to get to the stone. We still experienced a 15 minute wait arriving as early as we did. The walk through the grounds is awesome; well groomed gardens and hedges. Explore the grounds at your leisure AFTER you get... More

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