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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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Spanish Fork, Utah
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74 reviews 74 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I was surprised how small the castle was. I would guess it's about four stories high with two narrow spiral staircases climbing to the top. The stairs are very steep but because on all the people the climb was not to interring. Once at the top you get a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone. The gardens are very pretty... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

What a fun place to go! I recommend heading to the castle EARLY and go directly to the stone when you arrive. The lines will only get longer. If you're traveling alone like me, don't worry, there's a stationary/professional camera The Photos are 10 euro about 10 euro a print. When you're done kissing the stone, check out the various... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We were on a cruise when we visited Blarney Castle and Gardens and we hadn't much time to spend but we found it well worth a visit. I would plan to spend some time there for the full experience. The gardens look amazing but we didn't have the time to view then. We found the price was reasonable considering what... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The grounds are beautiful and a wonderful place to spend a sunny day. I don't understand why people would queue for 2 hours to kiss the Blarney Stone!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Kissing the Blarney Stone is a one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland. We came all this way so we had to check it out. The grounds are nice with a stream running next to the castle. It's a nice walk to the castle, then a narrow and steep trek up the stairs to the top. They have... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Yes I can now cross this off my Bucket List. Who cares if it took an hour and a half to get to the top. I didn't go across the pond to miss doing this once in a lifetime experience and thoroughly enjoyed it and all the beautiful views. The earlier you get there the better. Yes I hated the... More

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

It's a gorgeous place with beautiful gardens...just don't get too excited about the stone! It's not much to see!

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Kentwood, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Yes, I would say it's a bit of a tourist magnet, but it's so famous one can't go to Ireland and pass it up. As others have noted the castle emerges from the landscape and stream surrounding it. It is NOT handicap accessible, except to the base of the tower...the climb to the top is a winding stone staircase with... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Plan to spend several hours there if you want the full experience. The price was reasonable considering how long we were there, and how much we got out of the experience. We walked along the road first instead of going straight to the stone, and ended up finding a trail that too us through some amazing scenery. We saw the... More

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed our time at Blarney Castle, and could have spent a lot more time exploring the grounds. The Castle is impressive, and kissing the stone was a fun experience, but my favourite parts were the poison garden and the rock close. I would definitely recommend a day trip to the castle to any of my friends.

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