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Blarney Stone

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As featured in Daytrips from Dublin
Ranked #28 of 234 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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Cork, Ireland
19 reviews 19 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I really love the blarney stone. I have gone many times when I have guests over. The grounds are magnificent and the castle itself is absolutely stunning. Kissing the stone is truly wonderful. It is terrifying as you are bent over backwards and looking down at the ground below but do it if you can. I love this site, do... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The grounds of the castle are well landscaped with beautiful gardens. To kiss the stone-you need to walk up a winding close walled stairway to the open top of the castle-then lie down, where a man holds you, to squeeze through an opening to kiss the stone! It is a unique-albeit awkward experience. We felt we had to experience it... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I was not sure if I would be able to climb to the top, but I did! It was a little scary going up the skinny steps holding on to the rope (holding on very carefully). It seemed to be a long time going up, but the view at the top is spectacular! I now have the gift of eloquence,... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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

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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56 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

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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29 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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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