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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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Blarney Castle

Excellent place to visit - allow a day if possible. Has extensive gardens to explore as well as the castle and stone. Worth the trip of 100 steps to reach the top.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Excellent place to visit - allow a day if possible. Has extensive gardens to explore as well as the castle and stone. Worth the trip of 100 steps to reach the top.

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Cedar Park, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We had the please of visiting the Blarney Castle and Gardens on St. Patrick's Day 2015. It was a wonderful experience. We had read some things about how kissing the Blarney Stone was "over-rated" but it was so much fun and we really enjoyed touring the castle. The gardens were so peaceful and even in what you'd still consider the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Blarney Castle was the highlight of our visit to Cork, and we really enjoyed it. Our visit was in October, and the grounds of the castle were still quite beautiful. Excellent views from the top, the Stone is a must do, and the kids enjoyed going into the Dungeons and Badgers cave.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

I have to say i was so overly impressed with the grounds. It was absolutely beautiful. I could sit and read a book there if i had time. I enjoyed seeing the castle and making the walk up to the top. I unfortunately did not kiss the stone. Couldn't get past that fear, but proud of myself for climbing to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

While you visit to see the castle itself which is wonderful, the grounds are the best part. Stunning even in spring! Would like to return in the summertime to see it in its full splendor. After a lengthy ramble around, we enjoyed a coffee at the Coachhouse Cafe

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Tavira, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Situated near Cork, the castle was a 40 minute drive from our base in Limerick. It cost 13 euros to enter. Lovely gardens to walk around, and the attraction of the tradition of kissing the Blarney Stone. Be prepared for a long wait if you choose to kiss the stone, it would be daft to be there and not kiss... More 

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Columbus, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

The Blarney Castle isn't just a building with a stone to kiss. It's a campus of attractions like Gardens and historical relics. I wish we could have stayed longer but they do close at the end of the day. When you visit, be sure to pay attention to details; every building has something significant to read, and the gardens hold... More 

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Minneapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Blarney Castle is a quintessential example of Ireland's history. It stands tall and represents thousands of years of what makes Ireland so unique. Be sure to walk the grounds too. Their is a great "poison garden" near the castle with placards explaining the plants used over the years for a variety of maladies. It takes about 90 minutes from the... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

This is one of those places that makes the locals cringe. I thought the castle was great fun and very romantic. It's a tight fit going to the top of the castle to kiss the stone. We felt it is a must do for tourist. Since we went during non- tourist time we spent a lot more time topside and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Whether you're visiting Ireland for the first time or the hundredth, I'd recommend stopping at Blarney Castle. After all, who couldn't use a refresher on their gift of gab? The castle and gardens are a fascinating (and not too physically demanding) walk through history, and the kissing of the Blarney Stone itself is an experience without compare. I can't wait... More 

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