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Blarney Stone

Ireland
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Ranked #32 of 241 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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Limerick, Ireland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

the gardens are wonderful! The Blarney Stone is fun and lives up to its reputation, if a bit over publicized. It is fun, but a tough walk up the 110 steps in the turret. Atypical old castle, if yo havent been to 10 others by this time, you ca see the castle, have some wonderfull fish chowder at the pub... More

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Williamsville, New York
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4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

All and all one must climb the stairs to get to the top but it is worth it. You must lie on your back and arch your head to kiss it. It was a good thing I travel with my Chiropractor,

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Wanganui, New Zealand
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86 reviews 86 reviews
53 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Entering into the grounds Blarney castle soon appears set on the hill. we made our way up the path, joining the queue to enter the castle. It was up the steep steps hanging onto the rope rail. Upon reaching the top there was time to appreciate the gardens and grounds. Then it was "lie on your back, grab the rails,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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393 reviews 393 reviews
243 attraction reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I think we came at the right time of year! Mid week in the middle of September. We had a wonderful sunny day and the castle looked truly spectacular. There is so much incredible history to this place and I had no idea how long it stretched back until I got here. To be honest, I just wanted to kiss... More

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We went to Scotland and Ireland one year ago. One of the stops on our tour was the Blarney Stone and we thoroughly enjoyed climbing the stairs to the top of the castle! We could really see the countryside from the top AND the thrill of laying on our backs while someone held you WHILE we kissed the stone was... More

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Brisbane
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 via mobile

I won't lie, the whole 'kissing the Blarney Stone' experience was completely different to what I was expecting but it made it all the more exciting! We were staying about a half hour from the castle so googled the night before opening times and arrive right as it opened. The grounds were beautiful and green and the walk to the... More

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Morwell, Australia
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100 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I just had to climb up to the top to see what the fuss was about. The climb to the top is a little challenging and might no be for all people. When at the top the view is great in all directions and you get time due to the number of people cueing to kiss the stone. At the... More

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cumberland ri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

it was alot of steps to get to stone. the out side of castle is pretty. they do take picture of kissing the stone. if you do not like close spaces this might not be for you. easy going down. The shops are great

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Houston, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Worth the wait - but go early when that open and avoid the wait. Receive the gift of the gab from one of the best Irish villages! Take time to visit Blarney Woolen Mills and all the other great places in town - stay overnight!

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Sydney, Australia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
9 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

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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