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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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Arcais, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately we were limited in time as one of our party had a plane to catch but, the little time spent there was marvellous. Apart from the obvious, kissing the stone, there is so much to see and the prices are very good taking into account adults, children, students and OAP's.

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Milwaukee, WI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The castle itself is just one part of the grounds. You can also visit multiple gardens and the Blarney House, all located within the grounds.

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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This was one of the highlights of my trip to Ireland and Scotland. This is not an easy thing to do. First you have to climb 111 uneven stone steps. When you actually get to the blarney stone you lie on your back, reach behind you to hold onto two iron bars and finally kiss the stone while your face... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

If you take the time to get here then you might just as well kiss the stone, along with all the other people there on the day. Was worth the wait, but after 90 mins I was getting a little impatient. There are loads of bus tours that don't seem to have scheduled stops and all arrive at the same... More

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Blarney is another example of ancient Irelands past with the legend of kissing the stone. We faked the kiss as the stone looked grubby with stains of millions of pairs of lips. Perhaps a quick wipe with an anti bacterial would make it more attractive. The grounds and gardens are beautiful though and still worth the effort of seeing. Some... More

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Dubbo, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We arrived in Cobh on August 21 aboard the MSC Magnifica and thoroughly enjoyed a day tour with Paddywagon Tours. The price, itinerary and driver commentary were all fantastic. Cannot recommend them too highly.

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Redding
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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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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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