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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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Regina, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We recently visited the castle as part of a Trafalgar Tour, and it was one of our highlights! We waited about an hour to get up to the top of the castle and kiss the Blarney Stone. The trip up to the top was narrow and there was no turning back...but it was a fun experience. The view was very... More

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Gloucester
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75 reviews 75 reviews
40 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We bought tickets for the castle and gardens but it wasn't until we had gone through the turnstiles that we were aware of needing to have a different ticket to the house. We aimed to view the castle first and then walk the gardens afterwards but because of the queues, we spent about an hour just queuing to get to... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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44 reviews 44 reviews
37 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Blarney is a quite touristic place. If you wanna kiss the Blarney stone you should arrive a bit earlier there otherwise you should be stuck in a queue waiting. The stone is located upstairs in the castle and to go up should be quite uncomfortable for people who has claustrophobia because there is no extra space on stairs. There is... More

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Calgary
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We had a great afternoon here and closed the park down at closing time as kids didn't want to leave. Really fun and lots for kids to do, extensive and interesting well thought out gardens, 2 playgrounds, caves and dungeons under castle to explore and of course kissing the Blarney Stone which guidebooks all deride as cheesy but was really... More

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Sun City West, Arizona
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81 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

There was a very long wait (hours) even if I did want to experience the germs of the multitudes before me. No thank you! But the castle itself and the grounds are very pleasant and worth the visit. We ate lunch in the stable area. Reasonable wrapped sandwich fare. Good photo ops throughout. Looked like a very nice gift shop... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The castle is surrounded by some verry lovely gardens and walks. We got there very early on a Sunday morning, so missed the crowds. It is quite a climb to the Blarney stone, up very steep and narrow stairs. You have someone to help you as you bend backwards to kiss the stone, and that helps a lot! I found... More

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Avenel, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Fantastic place, amazing gardens. Steps are steep, but always are in old castles. You have to pay to have your photo taken while kissing the stone, if you can be bothered.

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We visited around six castles in Ireland. This way by far the most touristic and expensive one (around 4 times as expensive as all the others). There were busloads of Americans going up to the castle to kiss the Blarney stone. There is actually a camera pointed on people kissing the stone and you can buy a photo for €10,... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I was part of a tour group that stopped here. The way the Blarney Stone was getting hyped got me pretty excited, but after the long wait in the claustrophobic stairs, I was just happy to get some fresh air at the top of the castle. Perhaps my naivete is to blame, but I was expected the Blarney Stone to... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Reserve whole day if you wish to go there. You can walk around garden for hours. Castle is great but if you think you'll be smarter, when you'll kiss the stone, you really should think again ;) And if you'll kiss it and then buy picture of this for €10 - really think again - who is smart there? :))... More

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