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Blarney Castle & Gardens

Blarney, Ireland
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Ranked #1 of 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Pros: beautiful castle and scenery Not a tourist trap, there's a gift shop to be sure but its not like other attractions. There aren't a hundred carts selling I love Blarney crap or vending machines or any of the stuff you usually see at attractions that are there to clutter the view and suck up all your money. You can... More

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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Came to kiss the Blarney stone but actually the trip is so much more than that. The gardens are beautiful, I wish we had more time to explore the whole grounds as you can easily spend a whole afternoon here with a picnic. The castle itself is amazing, with great history and views. Kissing the Blarney stone is quite an... More

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Higham, Suffolk, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

A trip to Blarney Castle is NOT the tourist trap, commercial enterprise you'd expect after visiting Warwick Castle, England. Blarney Castle is reasonably priced, does not have the added flair, and keeps it simple. The property has a vast garden, walking trails, play areas for kids, caves, and the castle itself. The castle remains a bare ruin, with the very... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

I was caught of guard by the beauty of this place. The caves are fun and adventurous and of course the main reason we went was to kiss the Blarney Stone! I was not expecting it to be that big of an adrenaline rush. You can explore at your own pace and there is so much to do! You must... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Please do allow ample time to climb the stairs in the castle - the views alone are fantastic and the photo ops unbelievable. If you are claustrophobic or afraid of heights you probably will not make it to the top (I didn't)- but no worries, as there are places where you can step off the "up" stairs and get on... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit this week to Blarney castle. The grounds are pristine and not too big, so can be done in a half a day. Lots of lovely blooming spring flowers. Great place for a picnic. Just a word of caution to those wanting to go up the kiss the blarney stone, the stairwell is quite steep, so not... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is by far the most beautiful place I have ever been. It's hard to describe how beautiful it is, and pictures don't do it justice. It's amazing that people were able to build this, and the gardens surrounding the castle are breathtaking. Definitely a must see and worth the 12 euro.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Blarney castle is a tourist attraction, so expect to find many tourists here (not locals). It's a beautiful place with plenty to see. Besides kissing the Blarney stone (just do it, by the way), plan for time to explore the grounds. Beautiful gardens, Blarney mansion and a lovely riverside trail await!

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North Attleboro, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Don't just come here to kiss the stone, you can spend the day walking the grounds to see the house, the waterfalls, the gardens and the ripple of the water flowing through. Yes, Kiss the Stone . . .it is a tradition. The climb up to the top is challenging wtih circular stairs and a rope to guide you but... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The Blarney Stone is located up 120 steps at the top of this ancient castle. The Castle itself is mostly in ruins but still very impressive. Take a walk in the gardens and be sure to visit the poison plant garden. Also visit the wishing steps and the Dolman (balanced rock) Expect to spend a couple of hours or more... More

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