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Blarney Castle & Gardens

Blarney, Ireland
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Walking Areas
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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 described as pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offedning. The stone is set in the wall below the battlements, and to kiss it one has to lean backwards (grasping an iron railing) from the parapet walk. « less
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Temecula, Ca.
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99 reviews 99 reviews
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I knew there was no way I was going to travel all the way to Ireland and Blarney Castle and not kiss the stone. The whole castle and grounds were a pleasant surprise, they were beautiful and well maintained. The climb up the steps to the top of the castle (where the stone is) was much more of a climb... More

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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

You must add this to your itinerary. It is absolutely beautiful to visit and amazing to walk through the castle and see the ruins. Make sure you set aside enough time to see everything. We only gave ourselves 2 hours, and we needed more time to explore the gardens and to just walk around the castle grounds. We walked through... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Visited the castle with a bus tour. We were lucky enough to be the first ones of the morning. The climb up the Blarney Castle stairs to the Blarney stone is quite easy, although tight in some areas. I would recommend people with claustrophobia not climb up. The Actually kissing of the stone was a thrill. You can get your... More

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Castle and grounds are beautiful. The hike up to the Blarney Stone is not for the faint hearted. Would not recommend to anyone with mobility difficulties, although people of all ages did make it to the top.

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California Hot Springs, California
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147 reviews 147 reviews
46 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I admit it; I thought this was going to be a super cheesy thing you do just to say that you have done it. Instead, we gladly spent the day here wandering through the gardens, and could have spent longer! The gardens and grounds were so tranquil and surprising in all the little sections and secrets they held. The cafes... More

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Miami, Florida
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Such a fun experience and beautiful castle. The gardens are even more beautiful and you can feel the history. I spent about 2 hours there and didn't' see the whole grounds of the castle. So much to do and see there and you have to kiss the stone.

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Surigao City, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We went to Blarney castle but first went through the spiral staircase to kiss the stone for the gift of eloquence! :) We did it!!! It was a long, hard climb of uneven steps, not for the very old :( We then walked through the beautiful garden and the poisonous plants... Worth seeing, I must say! It's different from the... More

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Cicero, New York
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

You are on your own to see inside the castle, which wasn't much to see. To get to the stone the space is very confining with stairs, and to kiss the stone you have to be able to get on your back and lean down holding onto bars with someone helping hold you. You can buy your photo which shows... More

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Nice castle and kissing the stone was expected and worth the visit. Add the gardens and the manor house and the visit was truly exceptional. A must do if in Ireland!

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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Kissing the Blarney Stone is a staple tour if your traveling to Ireland. It is a production thou that they have it down to a science. Watch your head, bend down, kiss the stone up repeat. The grounds are beautiful and there is a lot to see. Only wish the castle was intact it's an amazing building.

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