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Blarney Castle & Gardens

Blarney, Ireland
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Ranked #1 of 6 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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Sudbury, Canada
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88 reviews 88 reviews
33 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Got there just after a tour bus arrived in the AM so the line up was long. There should be signs along the way up saying 45 minute wait from here 39 minute wait from here. It was probably close to an hour before we eventually got up the steep enclosed spiral staircase. It Is not for those who are... More

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Bakersfield, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

While the castle itself is fairly predictable as far as kissing the Blarney Stone (which we did!!), the grounds are why I gave this a 5 star. We were there in May and the gardens were fantastic! Everything was in bloom at it was a riot of colors, couldn't believe it. There is also a fern forest that is special... More

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Corona, CA
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11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I almost didn't come here because of a few reviews that said this was overrated. The grounds are stunning!!! I don't know where these people live that think that this castle isn't beautiful and amazing! Truly wish I had more time to spend exploring all the rooms and walking every garden. Don't miss this castle. It was a little busy... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I think the locals laugh at the Yorkist laying on their backs kissing the Blarney Stone-but iris fun and make sure to save time to visit the gardens very unusual

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I visit Blarney Castle 3-4 times a year, with its beautifully kept gardens and grounds. Now it is pricey at €12 per person but I happen to think it is worth it. We don't bother with the Blarney Stone and much prefer the beautiful walks around the castle. It's incredibly peaceful and I just love that's it's dog friendly. We... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Overhyped, but still a nice castle. Don't bother with kissing The Stone. A bit silly...especially considering it is a modern tradition. The grounds are beautiful- very lovely walk.

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Make the effort to walk around the area even if its cold&kiss the stone..the Blarney Mills has some great gifts to purchase.

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North Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

What a lovely treat to walk around the grounds of the estate. Yes the climb up to the Blarney Stone was the main event, but also of interest to me was the Poison Garden, where all of the plants where in some way poisonous, but all very beautiful and some very common. There were gardens and paths everywhere, and there... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

What an interesting place to explore with a beautiful setting. We got there late in the day so didn't have time to do justice to the beautiful garden however we did explore the castle from bottom to top and, of course, kissed the Blarney Stone! That was an experience in itself having to lie on your back, hold on to... More

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Slane, Ireland
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Well worth a visit. Blarney Castle brings you back to the medieval days. Well kept and well worth a look. The folk village is beautifully done and a lovely walk back in time. Some of the buildings are occupied with people showing how it was to live in rural Ireland many moons ago. The smell of turf, wonderful. Pricey but... More

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