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Blarney Castle & Gardens

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Address: Blarney, Ireland
Phone Number: 353 21 4385252
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Description: Situated 8km from Cork City, this historic castle is most famous for its...
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.
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You can't go without kissing the Blarney Stone

We came here as part of a tour, visiting the grounds first, then making the trek up to the top of the castle to kiss the Blarney stone! It was a rainy day when we went, but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Adelaide, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We came here as part of a tour, visiting the grounds first, then making the trek up to the top of the castle to kiss the Blarney stone! It was a rainy day when we went, but that didn't stop us treking up the worn out stairs and exploring the castle! There are some pretty dodgy steps, so if you're... More 

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Bristol UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We went to Blarney Castle in January it was cold but we expected it to be at that time of year. The grounds were lovely walking up to the castle. You need sensible flat shoes for all the steps you have to climb up which are step. At the top of the castle the views were brilliant not good if... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The Blarney Stone is at the top of the remains of Blarney Castle. There are steps along the way up, as you climb among the remains. You are sometimes covered on the way up, and other times there is sky above you. At the top, it is wide open and there is no roof. You can get a good view... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

castle was amazing and the gardens are Beautiful, and kissing the Blarney stone is a bit scarey but fun to do the 2 men that help you kiss it look a bit old as they have to hold you as you bend down to kiss it. would definitely recommend you give it a go.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We thought February would be a bad time to be in Ireland, but actually it was great. We about had the castle to ourselves. Yes, it was a little cold, but not freezing by any stretch. Many of the flowers were blooming and others beginning to bud. The grounds were spectacular and really well maintained. You can do this in... More 

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PLYMOUTH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We visited the castle and gardens to kiss the stone!!! It was great fun climbing up thorough the castle, although not fir everyone if you don't like heights! Well worth a visit, not too expensive and good fun!

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Chico, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

My husband and I loved visiting Blarney Castle and walking over to Blarney House. The climb to the top of the castle was fun and you could just imagine people living there. It was crowded the day we were there, but we still enjoyed being surrounded by all of the amazing history. The view from the top of the castle... More 

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DeRidder, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Seeing a castle up close and personal is very magical. To walk in passageways, to look out the arrow slits, to feel the walls, to climb narrow and steep stairs and wonder where they lead, to walk in the footsteps of people from centuries ago is overwhelming. I did kiss the Blarney Stone and it may be touristy to some,... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

My husband didn't want to go here at all. He thought it was a huge tourist trap. I dragged him along on a Monday morning. We arrived when it opened at 9am. No tourist buses, no other visitors yet. We were blessed with a gorgeous sunny morning and had the castle all to ourselves. I couldn't imagine exploring the castle... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

Went here during the summer of 2014 and the place was packed. Make sure you get there early if you do not want to wait in a long line to kiss the stone. Neat castle and beautiful grounds. Was an enjoyable morning/early afternoon.

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