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Blarney Stone

Ireland
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Ranked #32 of 239 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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Sydney, Australia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

First thing you should know is that the stone is at the top of the castle and you need to lie on your back and reach down & backward to kiss the stone. The stairs (100 steps) are quite steep and sometimes narrow but as the walk is very slow it is quite manageable. The view from the top is... More

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Allison Park, Pennsylvania, United States
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20 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

is if you kissed the Blarney Stone. If you can get past the 100 or so stone circular stairs from the 1600s to get to the top (sounds worse than they are), go for it. There are lots of ropes and rails to hold on to, keep both hands free if you can for safety going up. Several stops along... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

It was on the to do list so off we went.. We brought a picnic and there are plenty seats and tables with beautiful scenery. Pleasent and relaxing day, nice place to visit but the €10 for the photo at the kissing of the stone is a rip off. We were a family of two adults and four kids so... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We agree it is touristy, but it is a must see also the gardens as well. The whole experience is well worth it. We had a slight bit of rain but it did not dull the spirit of anyone in the line. The line moves at a steady pace despite the steps up the tower There is live music in... More

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Panama City, Florida
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243 attraction reviews
287 helpful votes 287 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Sure its 100% touristy but it makes such a great story. Besides, the trip there and back is most of the fun. If it all possible I recommend renting/hiring a car and making a day trip of it (or longer and follow the Ring of Kerry) and just stop along the way whenever you feel like it: good view, good... More

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Cullman, Alabama
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7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Ok, so this is a tourisy thing to do but it was also one of our favorites for a couple of reasons. First, it's iconic for Ireland and it's fun to say that we experienced it. Second, the fun of exploring an old castle made it worth it for us. There is nothing inside this castle but empty hallways and... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

It was a narrow climb up the castle tower and even though I suffer from claustrophobia I was fine because there was plenty of light and ventilation. View from the top was spectacular. The 'kiss' must be done although you need to be quite flexible and not scared of heights. The photos that were professionally taken were worth the 10... More

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
28 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Do you know how you see Ireland in movies and in the movies it full of castles, flowers and its so green and lush? Well thats what Blarney looks like. Blarney castle is about 2-3 hours away from Dublin by train then followed by a 15min bus ride from cork to the castle. Other wise from cork its only a... More

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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157 reviews 157 reviews
49 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We visited Blarney Castle . The Blarney Stone is at the top of the castle so you do have to climb some steep narrow stone steps but it is well worth it to see and kiss the Blarney Stone . I was terrified as not only was we high up you had to lean backwards and kiss the Blarney Stone... More

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New Zealand
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60 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Even though it was raining and we had to queue for an hour and get really wet and had to climb 100 steps up a narrow winding precipitous stone staircase, I did have to do it. It was on my to-do list for Ireland. Dont know that I have the Blarney now though...

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