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“Weekend Getaway” 5 of 5 stars
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Blarney Stone
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Tralee, Ireland
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“Weekend Getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Right in the middle of Blarney town with parking right beside the entrance it is a must see for any one interested in Irish history. The castle itself is remarkably well preserved with a nicely laid out walk and amazing views withinn. Although the entry is a bit expensive you could easily spend a few hours walking through the castle and house on the grounds with beautiful walks throughout the park.

Visited March 2013
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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“Well worth it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Being our first trip to Ireland, we knew that "kissing the Blarney Stone" was one thing we had to do...and kiss it we did!! No visitor to Ireland should miss this !!

Visited July 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Love it or hate it, I wouldn't miss it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We picked a very wet day to visit Blarney Castle and gardens, but it didnt dampen our resolve........even though everything else was damp. Great to wander around the gardens very peaceful, and loved the castle. I think getting to the stone was more enjoyable than the actual kissing of it...... Climbing through narrow passages, and spiral staircase to the top, with little rooms off each floor giving views across the grounds. Had some cakes in the Stable Team rooms, sitting next to an open fire, the women who worked there was lovely and we had a good chat with her.......I loved it !

Visited March 2013
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Brisbane, Queensland
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“An essential if you're in Cork, and beautiful grounds!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

I don't understand a review that complains that kissing the Blarney Stone is a waste of time unless you believe the legend. Why would you bother unless you did or wanted to do something touristy and fun? Sometimes I don't understand tourists (even though I am one!).

We thought the Castle and grounds were beautiful, and yes we waited a while to get to the Blarney Stone but hey why not if you're there! Take a good coat though the castle is a cold place to wait. The spiral stairs are very tiny so be warned if you're claustrophobic.

To kiss the stone you must lie backwards and slide out being held by a staff member which is a little scary but we did it! We kissed it and got a good pic ourselves (at 10 euros each they are a total rip off). Get a good shot by standing next to the photographer if you can, for free!!!!!

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Dublin, Ireland
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“An absolute tourist trap and waste of money and time”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

I went to the Blarney stone not because I was looking forward to kissing a stone but because the reviews said there is at least some nice view and gardens to see. However, the view and gardens are nothing special and not worth the 12 euro entry. and certainly, kissing the stone is a massive waste of time as you have to wait a very long time to get to the top and unless you believe the legends of kissing the stone, it is completely pointless and leaves you with a sense of wondering of why you came there in the first place and wasted a whole afternoon out of your life.

of course, there are lots of tourists, especially American who will keep coming in droves, because from some reason they think they have to do it when in Ireland. How many of them actually believe the legend of the stone would be interesting to know!

Visited March 2013
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