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Blarney Castle & Gardens

Blarney, Ireland
+353 21 438 5252
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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 60 MINS BEFORE CLOSING TIME
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Blarney, Ireland
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+353 21 438 5252
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited with some Australian friends,arrived between bus tours mid afternoon, time said waiting time 90 minutes, we were in in 20. Great place to visit great history and climbed to top of castle to kiss the Blarney Stone, unreal experience, views from the castle unreal....More

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Reviewed yesterday

The castle, house, and grounds are a must see. We actually love the house tour the best. The castle is pretty much in ruin, but it’s a great one to see. The house tour was 30 minutes on the half hour. We waited 1.5 hours...More

Thank olsenkim
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Castle, gardens, and home located just outside of Cork. The Blarney home closes early, so visit that first. At the top of the castle is the Blarney stone, which is basically a wall. You'll lie upside down (with help from a worker) to kiss it...More

Thank Anthony M
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Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful gardens surrounding a strikingly lovely castle make this a must see. I did not kiss the stone because that required going up/down several wooden steps but you can watch others doing it from a vantage viewing point on the main walkway. Everything else is...More

Thank OntarioTrekker
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited the castle to finish off our holiday. It was a lovely sunny day and the gardens were nice but the map was poor and difficult to read. The wait for the castle was over an hour, it wasn't possible to just visit there...More

Thank AOB2601
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a magical place. Had an outstanding time visiting and walking through the gardens. Get there early to beat the crowd waiting to kiss the Blarney.

Thank Matthew B
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The lines to kiss the Blarney Stone were long so we skipped out on that and headed into the gardens. We did kiss the castle since we missed out on the stone (does that count?). The gardens were incredible! We easily used up the two...More

Thank Geoman59
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A must-see on a trip to Ireland. With beautiful scenery, historical buildings and gardens, friendly staff, a few shops, and of course the Blarney Stone!

Thank Alecia L
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Reviewed 3 days ago

There is a lot to see at Blarney Castle and Gardens. We spent just two hours here (arrived 2 hours before it closed.) . We could have spent another hour to two. We got to kiss the stone and see half of the Rock Close...More

Thank Gardengirl33
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Blarney Castle is 8 km away from Cork (bus 215 stops at the entrance). This historic castle, part of it in ruins, is mostly famous for it's stone. Queen Elizabeth I introduced the word "blarney", which means pleasant entertaining talk. As a result the Blarney...More

Thank cee98
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ramblinggirl67
July 15, 2018|
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Response from Holly M | Reviewed this property |
No, there is one way to the top, and one way down. I did not kiss the stone either, but I went up to the top of the castle. Depending on the day, it may be crowded at the top, but looking out over the grounds is so beautiful... More
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ramblinggirl67
July 15, 2018|
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Response from wildcatmama2 | Reviewed this property |
I think so. it's a very narrow passage way and I don't think there would be a way to pass the people who are in line to kiss the stone.
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Huggiebear512
July 1, 2018|
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Response from dmp3js | Reviewed this property |
If you get there early before tours come in you should plan on at least an hour and 1/2-2hours to climb castle, kiss stone, and explore grounds. If you go early afternoon be prepared to stand on line for castle to kiss stone... More
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