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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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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

the castle itself is nothing but a ruin. However, if you are there you must kiss the blarney stone. The view is beautiful. But keep in mind you have to hang upside down on the edge of the tower in order to kiss the stone. Well worth it though.

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Mill Creek, Washington
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The walk up the castle to kiss the Blarney Stone was real touristy...but everyone seems to love it. The wait was well over an hr and at times it was necessary for people to move a little more before you moved, due to head space and foot space on the steps. Another part of the touristy thing is a picture... More

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Moline, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We were quite surprised to see how much there was to do here. The gardens are absolutely beautiful. So many scenic photo opportunities. We spent almost 5 hours here.

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Calgary, Canada
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8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

We went as part of a tour group from Dublin and arrived about 10am. The attraction is actually a large site, the Blarney Castle itself with it's surrounding gardens. We went to the castle first, it was interesting to see, but a bit hard to look around since the castle seems to serve mainly as the interactive lineup for the... More

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Houston, Texas
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Great grounds and awesome experience. The chill in the air, the walking path, the witch area, and kissing the stone. We just had to do this while in Ireland.

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Reading, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Steep stairs all the way to the top to kiss the Blarney stone. Difficult if your afraid of heights or claustrophobic. Lots of rooms to explore. Don't miss out on the rest of the gardens though or the rock garden- see if you can catch the witch in the Rock Close!

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Miami, Florida
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

It is a ruin of a castle, difficult and dangerous to climb so the line is slow moving and long since this is the only tourist attraction (trap) in the area. When you finally reach the top you kiss a stone (if you are not afraid of germs) then you are quickly guided down the steps again. The end. The... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

We hit the castle and gardens on a recent trip through Cork. We throughly enjoyed the visit- the castle and grounds are impressive and well manicured. Upon queuing up for the castle we realized it was essentially a long wait to kiss the stone. We opted not to go this route and instead walked the gardens and found it to... More

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Stoney Creek
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This attraction was one of the best maintained in Ireland. The manicured grounds were great. Could only imagine them when in full bloom. The castle was grand. From kissing the Blarney Stone to seeing an intact building and dungeon area. The properties trails allowed for awesome views and everything was well marked with good signage.

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Owasso, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Very nice. Our one day of rain was while we were at Blarney Castle. Luckily, we had our umbrellas with us. Enjoyed our visit. The castle was remarkable.

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