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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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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Skip kissing the stone. Yucky! ( helpers weren't all that friendly). The castle is amazing and grounds awesome. Food nearby is grossly expensive so bring a lunch and make a day out of it

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

After all the years of hearing how everyone has kissed the Blarney Stone I have finally done it. The climb up to the battlements was a little tough but the view was worth it. The gardens and surrounds are picture perfect. As they say do yourself a favour..... One drawback, when cruise ships are in, you will queue for at... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

lovely castle and poison garden. You need more than 2 hours to see the castle and the gardens, so worthwhile!

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Lynn, Massachusetts
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Castle and grounds are amazing. Hike to top of castle involve treking up a steep spiral staircase. View from top is great. Kissing the Blarney stone not easily accomplished as a little contortionist is needed. as well as a littke assistance from a local guide who really gives you very litte time to get into position.

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Switzerland
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12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

the Blarney Stone. The castle itself and the gardens are well worth a visit. Best time for a visit is about 2 hours before closing time. Then you still have plenty of time to visit, and you avoid the busloads of tourists that are usually in the castle and gardens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I was pleasantly surprised by my visit to the Blarney castle. I could not believe how authentic it was. I have often visited tourist sites and been disappointed because they don't live up to the hype. Not this one, they have done an excellent job keeping this one authentic. Climbing to the top is not for the fainted-hearted. You climb... More

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Fredericton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Aside from the required kiss, the grounds are absolutely beautiful. We sure didn't save enough time for this one which on one hand is good because we have to go back now. We found it steeped in romance and history but we get lots of pleasure strolling through a place that was alive long before our nation came to be.... More

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Thousand Oaks, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The expression of kissing the Blarney Stone has been around forever so given a chance to visit, who wouldn't just to say that they did. I never realized how truly beautiful the castle and grounds were until we visited and the line was not all that long to the top to kiss the stone. I was a little concerned because... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Lets me honest...although we 'planned' this trip we didn't make any specifications....so the Luck of the Irish was certainly with us when we happened upon the Blarney Castle! The grounds are beautiful, well kept and very well labled! The only suggestion I would give a visitor is that you arrive in the morning so you get the chance to tour... More

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The “keystone” of Blarney Castle is the Blarney Stone (in the Irish language, Cloch na Blarnan). This block of carboniferous limestone was set into the top castle battlement in 1446. The castle is about five miles from Cork, Ireland. Legend dictates that those who kiss it are endowed with the gift of gab, but the word blarney has come to... More

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