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Description: Situated 8km from Cork City, this historic castle is most famous for its...
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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Great overall learning opportunity. Time well spent. The fern garden alone was worth the trip. The castle provided sufficient information about the various rooms in the castle... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Great overall learning opportunity. Time well spent. The fern garden alone was worth the trip. The castle provided sufficient information about the various rooms in the castle to understand what life in the castle may have been like. I also found the timeline of events & owners just outside of the castle interesting. It was disappointing the manor house was... More 

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Guelph, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

A must for the traveller to Ireland. Kissing the Blarney Stone is itself a lot of Blarney, but it is fun. Great views too from the top.

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Washington, DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

We waited a long time to climb through the castle's many levels to reach the top for the views and the stone. Only one of our party of four chose to kiss the stone. There is no express lane for people who just want to look, so you will wait with everyone else! The stairs are dark, steep and small,... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Several friends suggested we visit Blarney Castle, but forgo the Stone. When we arrived, there was a 50 minute wait to kiss the stone and our understanding was the journey was similar to climbing the Statue of Liberty - agonizingly slow and covering little distance. We may be wrong, but decided to enjoy the gardens instead. The poison garden was... More 

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

You need lots of time to visit the castle, kiss the stone and walk the grounds. The castle is very interesting and it was an experience to kiss the stone. The grounds are lovely. There are places to eat and sit and just enjoy the surroundings of this magical place.

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Branford, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Grounds are lovely, view from castle is amazing however the steps leading to the top of the castle become very small and surrounding wall very tight. If u are claustrophic or a large person you may want to consider enjoying the gardens znd skip kissing the stone! There are no warnings posted about this and altho there is an exit... More 

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Matlock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Beautiful gardens, fascinating castle full of history. My main reason for going was to kiss the Blarney Stone of course but I loved the whole experience. the stone itself was different to how I expected though. I pictured a stone on a slight hill with a 5 ft drop and couldn't have been more wrong. It's at the top of... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

My German travel guide book wasn't enthusiastic. So we went more or less because several friends said we needed to kiss the stone. That sounded like baloney, but ok, we went along with the joke. We didn't regret it at all. It was a well rounded half day tour from Cork. You can do it faster, but if you rush,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Ok everyone, this is worth donig. Don't listen to the detractors. The Blarney castle is beautiful, the garden that surounds it and the view from the top are not to be missed. And yes I did kiss the blarney stone and I felt elated. I also enjoyed a nice long walk along the river and into some caves they have... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We were just there on a fine soft day. The grounds were gorgeous, meticulously maintained. We climbed all the way to the top, huffing and puffing. But the view alone was worth it. And of course I had to kiss the Stone, an act of bravery in itself. After the trip down, the sun came out and made a tour... More 

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