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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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Sydney, Australia
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95 reviews 95 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We had a half day stop here and unfortunately this is simple not enough. After walking up the 120 odd steps to kiss the Blarney Stone, quick lunch and look around the massive shoes we had to be away. We will return.

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Mahwah, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The garden around the castle is beautiful and will take you the whole day if you planning to cover the whole Blarney castle and the other attractions. It took me around 1+ hour to get through the line for kissing the Blarney stone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Its a unique place where one has to kiss a rock - one of the most awkward positioned kiss ;-) But its an experience to cherish. The gardens are beautiful.

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Montreal, Canada
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32 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

So my review is all about the castle and it's famous Blarney rock... The castle does not have much to offer. Most of the rooms have seen their ceiling collapse. There were no guided tour when we were there and we had to rely on signs on the wall for explaination. As I said, we did nit go to the... More

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Bribie Island, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

If you are visiting Ireland you HAVE to visit Blarney Castle AND kiss the stone! Forget the naysayers. Probably at greater risk of catching something from standing in the often long lines of visitors. You need patience and resilience to climb the narrow winding staircase to the Castle battlements, but what fun, and something to remember for a lifetime. Don't... More

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Oberweiler
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We visited the castle in early July and didn't think there was too many people there. We really enjoy walking through castles, especially castle ruins, so we didn't mind the walk up the steps to kiss the stone. The line itself was not that long either. Both my husband and I kissed the stone, but my 9 and 7 year... More

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Fort Lauderdale
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79 reviews 79 reviews
17 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

A wonderful, fun to explore castle, great for children of all ages; beautiful gardens (poisonous plants and flowers!) and waterfalls; live music; caves; and a hilarious photo (an extra 10 Euros, in addition to the 12 Euros for admission) of kissing the Blarney Stone; it's all once in a lifetime. However, good thing we arrived so early in the morning.... More

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Sacramento
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Visiting the castle and extensive gardens is a great experience not to be missed. There are so much to see and experience 60+ acres of the Blarney castle property that it would be anticlimactic to climb the 100 very narrow steps to the top of the castle just to kiss the stone that thousands have done before. Take the time... More

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Torrance, California
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17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

This was our first full day in Ireland and we stopped in Blarney to visit the beautiful Blarney Castle and Gardens. The gardens were beautiful. The grounds are so green, and lush and have a stream that runs around the castle. It is just amazing. Mom and I ventured to the cave and to the Irish Garden as well as... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

I've been to Blarney plenty of times for the past 19 years and aside from my first visit, this was one of the most enjoyable. My kids are ages 9, 7 and 4 and they'd never be able to wait in the long lines that form in the summer. This October the weather was gorgeous but there were no tourists... More

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