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Blarney Castle & Gardens

Blarney, Ireland
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Blarney
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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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.
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Waterloo, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Stunningly beautiful little park with lovely gardens. We had a great walk and made it to the top of the castle to kiss the stone. Certainly not a climb for the claustrophobic or faint of heart - but worth the view when you get to the top!

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

It seems many people are attracted by the mystic of the Blarney Stone but for me, it was the most overrated part of the location. The queue to go up to the Stone, which sits atop the castle, starts right at the bottom and snakes up a narrow staircase in single file. Unfortunately, there was no staff or signage anywhere... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

All travellers must visit Blarney castle and kiss the stone - even with a sore back managed to get my body into position - quite a climb to get up to the stone though. Beautiful grounds to explore

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

I found the castle to be cheesy, and overly commercialized, however, with such historical significance, it would have been hard to miss. The surrounding grounds are breathtaking, and I recommending setting time aside to explore as they are expansive.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

I was glad I took a trip out to visit the Blarney Castle. It had started raining right before we arrived on the tour bus so it wasn't as crowded. I went immediately to the castle to locate the famous Blarney Stone to kiss. All I can say about the castle is, it was not made for tall people (I... More

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Ripley, West Virginia, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

After getting off the tour bus, making a beeline to Blarney Castle, standing in line and waiting our turn to kiss the famed Blarney Stone, it took my granddaughter and I nearly 2 hours. Would I do it again? ABSOLUTELY!! It's a little scary at the top when you look down. There were two people climbing the 100+ narrow spiral... More

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Northern California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed our visit and glad that we included this in our itinerary. The grounds are stunning and we really enjoyed not only the castle and kissing the stone, but also the other sights. Of course there are some cheesy gift shop moments, but you can easily bypass.

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Seneca, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

2nd time to the Castle, first was 18 years ago. Again, the gardens were my favorite part of the visit. It is so serene, yet you can feel the history strolling amongst the trees.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

This is a crowded attraction, but beautiful and worth it. Be advised that the stairway to climb to the Blarney Stone is narrow with uneven stairs. It's worth the climb. You can leave the staircase on each floor for a break should you need it. There is one set of stairs to ascend and one set to descend, so no... More

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Tralee, Kerry, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Beautiful gardens and park along with an interesting castle - well worth a visit. Narrow spiral staircases so may be challenging if claustrophobic or very scared of heights - not a problem for most people though.

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