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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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Beautiful Historic Castle & Grounds

The Blarney Stone is so very popular that when we arrived at the castle, the line to climb all the way up to Kiss the Blarney was so long that we opted to just walk the grounds... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

The Blarney Stone is so very popular that when we arrived at the castle, the line to climb all the way up to Kiss the Blarney was so long that we opted to just walk the grounds. Delightful place to just walk around with a few cute little shops on the property. While there, it is well worth a stop... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Great day out! Very close to Blarney Woolen Mills. If you want to kiss the stone there's a lot of steep narrow steps so not for the elderly perhaps but still great even if you dont want to kiss the stone. The gardens are beautiful and the poisonous garden is fun

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Sure it is touristy to kiss the Blarney Stone but its also unique. The castle and surrounding areas are wonderful. More than half the fun is just driving out there and anywhere else along the Ring of Kerry. Be sure to stop along the way in little towns for no other reason than to grab a drink or a snack.... More 

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Kent, Wa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We went late in the day in the off season, and the place was pretty empty. It was really fun to be able to reflect in that space in the quiet. The hike up the stairs feels never ending, but we made it. Kissing the stone is much less terrifying than I thought it would be, even if you're not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This is one of Ireland's most famous attraction in the county Cork, about 10km from the city center. It is one of the most beautiful sites in the south Kiss the blarney stone ;-) Restaurants in the direct area with great service and awsum nice people. Definitely going back!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Hubby and I have been to Ireland twice on our own....drove all over the place. Because of the story about 'kissing the Blarney stone', we assumed that was the highlight and never made the effort. Last spring I went back to Ireland on a bus trip with a female friend. Blarney Castle was on the tour. MY GOODNESS, look what... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Even in December the gardens and castle are beautiful. Kissing the blarney stone was an interesting experience to say the least.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Beautiful grounds surrounding the castle. There is a nice path that leads up to the castle. Once inside the main part of the castle you must walk up a spiral stone staircase that is slippery from the rain. There is a rope on the way up to grab. It gets very narrow in some areas. On the way up you... More 

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TEXAS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Went with a tour Extreme Ireland, Phil was our tour guide-great tour, he was interested in our comfort and had great knowledge of the area and loves to sing while driving. Wear good walking shoes, can be tough,( narrow steps with a rope to help pull you up) making it to the top to kiss the Blarney, -have the gift... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Spur of the moment decision to visit last Sunday on a very cold day. Dd was not impressed with walking around looking at ugly trees but after about half an hour even she was impressed by the beauty of blarney. The walk around the grounds even in winter was beautiful, from the fairy glade to the withch stones we loved... More 

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