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Blarney Castle & Gardens

Blarney, Ireland
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Ranked #1 of 5 attractions in Blarney
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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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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 NEW

Blarney Castle and grounds has so much to offer and is a must-visit. First of all, the Castle is stunning and so much fun to tour. Be sure to check out the caves and dungeons underneath the Castle (not for the claustrophobic!). The grounds were also stunning. The Poison Garden was a lot of fun to walk through

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Great Lakes, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

I was in heaven here. The castle grounds are so breathtakingly beautiful and serene. I could walk around there forever. I wish I would have had more time. I will definitely make a trip back in the future. The stairs up to the Blarney stone aren't as bad as I was told and it was a great view/experience.

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Philadelphia, Pa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately the day we visited the castle it was pouring rain. The castle and grounds are very nice. I did not realize how small and how many steps there were to get to the blarney stone. My husband enjoyed the experience, as I waited for him below. We had a very nice lunch there and the store is large and... More

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Limerick
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Firstly I would say, if you can take the day, bring a picnic and spend your time on the vast land of this attraction. It is so much bigger than we thought. The castle itself has plenty of rooms to discover and the views from the top are magnificent. The dungeons and caves are fascinating when imagining how the small... More

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Los Angeles, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Not only does this place contain the Blarney stone but it is also very beautiful. There isn't much to see inside the castle. But holistically this place has a lot to offer. The outside of the castle is very unique and the grounds and gardens are amazing. My husband and I were able to capture many wonderful pictures at Blarney... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Loved the castle ruins... Great for pictures. My wife and I also enjoyed the tour of the house behind the castle. Make sure to get there when it first opens .. Otherwise prepare for a wait.

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Polmont, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We visited yesterday and had a great time. The grounds surrounding the castle are beautiful and clearly well maintained. The castle is not for the faint hearted or people who do not like confined spaces. The stairs up to the stone and through the castle are really steep and there is a rope to hold onto for a hand rail.... More

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Sterling, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We visited there on a beautiful spring day, with clear skies and warm temperatures. Once we ascended to the top (and those stairs are steep and narrow), we were rewarded with a spectacular view of the surrounding town and countryside. An attendant will help steady you as you kiss the Blarney Stone, and you can buy the photo at the... More

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Cherbourg-Octeville, France
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

I was expecting a tourist trap but without all the summer crowds the castle and gardens were a delight in the spring. Lots of paths, wonderful and informative signs. We stayed for hours exploring the castle and gardens.

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Taganrog, Russia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Though the castle is not so big, you can climb to the roof and kiss there the Blarney stone (me not). Also there is gorgeous views on garden, Blarney housee and nature around that place. I expected not so high building (like it can looks from ground), but in fact - there is enough high. The Poison garden is interesting... More

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