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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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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... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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 2 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 

1 Thank cafoxx
Harrisonburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 

Thank travelingtarheel81
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 6 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First off, I'd highly recommend getting there right when the gates open so you can make it to the Blarney Stone without waiting in line. Kissing the Blarney Stone is a fun experience and not something that should be skipped. After kissing the stone and seeing the castle, walk around! The gardens are massive and you could spend upwards of... More 

Thank Victor P
Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a great place to see and a kiss on the Blarney Stone just has to be done but beware as you are putting your life in the hands of a lovely Irish man. The gardens are very interesting and I learnt so much about dangerous shrubs. The village is also worth a visit as it's very quaint with a... More 

Thank Jasmine R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked an all-day tour out of Cobh with a private company rather than use our cruise ship's tour to see the Blarney Castle because we heard the cruise groups got there later & would spend all their time in line to kiss the stone, many not even getting to the top soon enough before their group had to leave.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited with friends on New Years Day. Whilst it was chilly it was a lovely sunny day and we had a lovely walk around the gardens, I can well imagine these would be even more beautiful on a warm summer day. We had a walk around the castle and up the very narrow winding staircase to the top, where you... More 

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