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Address: Blarney, Ireland
Phone Number: 353 21 4385252
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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The gift of eloquence surrounded by elegance

I was really surprised by how nice the castle and gardens are, well manicured, in keeping with the local countryside and well kept. The castle itself is really interesting, but... read more

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I was really surprised by how nice the castle and gardens are, well manicured, in keeping with the local countryside and well kept. The castle itself is really interesting, but as someone with some height the spiral staircase to the top was a little cramped but worth it. Kissing the stone was certainly an amazing experience; I haven't held upside... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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62 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The castle is a ruins - remains so no fancy ballrooms but still very breath taking. A beautiful walk to the castle and then a climb up to kiss the Blarney Stone. The grounds are large a deserve the time to be explored and enjoyed. As a Gardner I also enjoyed the poisonous garden lol I grown many of those... More 

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Thank Debbie812
Manchester, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went mid morning at the end of January and it was relatively quiet; I could imagine in the summer it gets very busy. The highlight of course is to kiss the Blarney Stone. There is someone to help you lean backwards and pucker your lips and cameras positioned to capture the moment. There is no danger of falling as... More 

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Thank cjm2503
Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Upon entering the garden grounds you take a small casual work across and up towards the castle. Before the many photo opportunities in the tranquil setting, you make your way into the castle itself and start your climb towards the Blarney Stone. The spiral staircase to the roof of the castle (where the stone is) is definitely small and narrow... More 

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Thank JasonEightyFive
Oldham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went as part of a coach tour and at 13 Euros didn't feel it was worth the money. When wet the stone steps are very dangerous and the stone spiral staircases can be very hard to negotiate. Kissing the Blarney Stone was not high on our list to be honest when really it's just a wall and probably replaced a... More 

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Thank Dave J
Cork, Cork, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very helpful staff and close to the bus stop to go and from the city.Staff were very friendly and nice.

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Thank Marie F
Vestal, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Not as big as I was expecting, but neat anyhow. The castle itself was tiny compared to most. If I were any bigger I wouldn't have fit up the spiral staircase. The top views are awesome and it has some great history!

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Thank Michelle S
Essex Jct., United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were on a CIE Tour and visited Blarney Castle on a rainy day. By the time we walked from the bus to the castle, it was pouring. My husband and I are both 65, and, though we are in very good health hesitated to climb to the top of the castle with the wet rocks. I had already decided... More 

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Thank Joanne F
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went during the off season and I would recommend this to anyone! There were four other people there and we barely saw them while we were running up and down the stairs. The view is incredible from the top and the castle is very ominous. Kissing the Blarney Stone might be a tourist trap but it's certainly fun!

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Thank Amena317
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You cant go to Ireland and not kiss the Blarney Stone!! Its a bucket-list item that must be done. The castle is 100 steps up to the top and provides gorgeous views over the gardens. There is so much to see and do at the castle/grounds. Its definitely worth a visit

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