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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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Johannesburg, South Africa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

You would be hard pressed to find a traveller who doesn't have the Blarney Stone on their bucket list. We visited in April, and it wasn't very busy at all. We were able to explore the castle and have time to read all the information plaques throughout the castle and castle grounds. While it can be a bit of a... More

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Tupelo, Mississippi
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Thought this place was great. Those expecting a guided tour through a restored castle probably won't care much for it, but for someone like me, who just likes to be able to run around, climb in and out, and see what I want, I thought it was great. Wish I had the kids (25 & 30) with me, as they... More

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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Perhaps we were in unhurried holiday mode, but we were pleasantly surprised by the range of things to do in or around the Castle. Without costing a fortune, you could easily spend a half day here or more, especially if you brought a picnic lunch to enjoy in the lovely gardens. Don’t season your picnic ham with any local herbs... More

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Washington, Missouri
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

The gardens in June were beautiful. The stairs to the top of the castle were scary. My daughter and friend kissed the Blarney stone and loved it.

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Glens Falls, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Although this attraction is known for "kissing" the Blarney stone I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful gardens and their variety. The castle ruins leading up the tower to the Blarney stone are interesting.

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Temecula, Ca.
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26 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I knew there was no way I was going to travel all the way to Ireland and Blarney Castle and not kiss the stone. The whole castle and grounds were a pleasant surprise, they were beautiful and well maintained. The climb up the steps to the top of the castle (where the stone is) was much more of a climb... More

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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

You must add this to your itinerary. It is absolutely beautiful to visit and amazing to walk through the castle and see the ruins. Make sure you set aside enough time to see everything. We only gave ourselves 2 hours, and we needed more time to explore the gardens and to just walk around the castle grounds. We walked through... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Visited the castle with a bus tour. We were lucky enough to be the first ones of the morning. The climb up the Blarney Castle stairs to the Blarney stone is quite easy, although tight in some areas. I would recommend people with claustrophobia not climb up. The Actually kissing of the stone was a thrill. You can get your... More

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Castle and grounds are beautiful. The hike up to the Blarney Stone is not for the faint hearted. Would not recommend to anyone with mobility difficulties, although people of all ages did make it to the top.

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California Hot Springs, California
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46 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I admit it; I thought this was going to be a super cheesy thing you do just to say that you have done it. Instead, we gladly spent the day here wandering through the gardens, and could have spent longer! The gardens and grounds were so tranquil and surprising in all the little sections and secrets they held. The cafes... More

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