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Address: Blarney, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 21 438 5252
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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. LAST ADMISSION IS 30 MINS BEFORE CLOSING TIME

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Just couldnt do it

Great fun wandering through and climbing up the castle. Watched a few kissing the Blarney stone and it appeared to be sanitary but I just couldnt do it. haha. The grounds provide... read more

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Everett, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great fun wandering through and climbing up the castle. Watched a few kissing the Blarney stone and it appeared to be sanitary but I just couldnt do it. haha. The grounds provide a beautiful garden walk

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Hewitt, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

First, the grounds themselves are truly beautiful. You could spend as much time covering the grounds as you do waiting to kiss the stone. The wait time was not really bad, but be warned...some of the staircases to access the stone are pretty small and narrow. Once you make it to the top it's a lot of fun to watch... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had decided I was not going to kiss that disgusting stone that millions of others had put their lips to, but while there, after climbing the stone, spiral staircase, I got caught-up in the moment and did it! And did not suffer any mouth diseases. It was really quite fun. The sweet Irish man who helps hundreds and hundreds... More 

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Lawrenceburg, IN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I first visited Blarney Castle in 2013, and loved it. Recently, I returned for a second visit, and it's still impressive. This time, my wife was along, and she loved it, too. This place has been constantly panned by know-it-all, and God's gift to travel, Rick Steves, but the truth is, he's clueless (at least when it comes to Blarney... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's well worth a visit but good weather is a must. You could spend a full day plenty to see and do. Kissing the famous Blarney stone is a must steps up a bit awkward. Walk around the walled gardens where there are plenty of picnic areas to relax if you need to rest.

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Worthington, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

While the main attraction here may be to kiss the Blarney Stone, the grounds themselves are wondrous - gorgeous. Fair warning for those kissing the stone - it's on the roof of the castle, and can be a challenge for those (1) who don't like tight spaces (you have to squeeze through a small space or two on your way... More 

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Was a beautiful day to view Blarney Castle. It has beautiful grounds.they were in the process of repairing the castle or I would of gave it a 5 star rating. We walked the grounds for about 1 hour saw the waterfall and viewed plants from all over the world. It was beautiful in January I can't imagine how it would... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Frankly, if I had to make a choice I'd skip Dublin for Blarney Castle (we didn't have to make that choice and hopefully neither do you). Apart from the castle and it's legend (both fun), the grounds are impressive and expansive. We went mid-day and the place wasn't crowded in the least. Worth the cost of entry, unquestionably.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was in Cork only for one day due to business in Blarney. On the way back we went to visit the Blarney Castle and Gardens. It was wonderfull. I wished we had more time. We went to the top of the castle and it was just a absolute stunning view.

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Jericho, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Breathtaking views of the gardens but the real masterpiece is the Blarney Castle. You can enter all the chambers of the castle. It is shocking on how small the living quarters were. The dungeon was very interesting to look at and so was the murder room. Be prepared to get dirt, dust, and mud on your shoes and pants. The... More 

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