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“Blarney Stone and Castle”

Blarney Castle & Gardens
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Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin including Blarney Stone
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Blarney Castle and Cork Day Trip from Dublin
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Blarney
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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
Sarnia, Canada
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“Blarney Stone and Castle”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

Lots of history to take in, relatively inexpensive attraction. the grounds are expansive to walk. I did n't kiss the stone, I have a thing about a millon lips on the same geography. Overall the view at the top of the castle was breath taking, the climb up the castle stairs was interesting and not for the faint of heart. I would recommend this place as something to see and experience.

Visited February 2013
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Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
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“Kiss the Blarney Stone!!”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

From start to finsih, this castle had charm and we loved it. The gardens were so well maintained, they were even working on it as we were walking around. The streams were so relaxing to watch, and they had picnic tables setup under the trees. Flowers were blooming althought it was still cold outside, and the castle was pictuesque. We walked up to the castle and took pictures the entire way. The fountain walk is absolutely gorgeous too. My husband, since I can't do stairs well did the "Kiss the Blarney Stone" activity. But I enjoyed every minute of the gaden walks, and the badger cave below the castle. This is a must do on an Ireland Trip:)

Visited March 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“A Cork "must see" on a budget”
Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile

Go to Cork bus terminus about a block away from St Patricks St/ shopping zone. Buy a return bus trip from Cork to Blarney Castle and back for under €7 from the driver of the bus at gate 14. A bus leaves every 30 min. in the morning and takes about 30 min to drop you off in Blarney really close (about 200 meters from the entrance gate) to the castle. On the way to Blarney you get to see the town of Blackpool and its commercial shopping zone, the rolling green hills of Ireland,daffodills, some crocus, the country houses, waterways, and forests.

The cost of entry for an adult into the castle grounds and actual castle is €12 all in, not cheap but remember these funds are needed for the upkeep of the castle and the grounds in which it is situated. The whole place is in just great beautiful green shape. I had limited time but was able to go to Blarney Castle and back to Cork by bus within 2 hours. The time frame for this trip did NOT include going up the stairwell to kiss the Blarney Stone. I have already done that.

Point of this post? If you have 2 hours to spare before going home you can easily squeeze in a trip to Blarney Castle at a very reasonable cost if your time table is in line with the reliable bus service.

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IL, USA
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“Touristy in theory; Really neat in reality”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

We added the traditional kissing of the Blarney stone to our trip by rearranging a few things and I'm glad that we did. It's more than just the ruins of a castle. The grounds are gorgeous with well-kept paths and informational signs (particualrly helpful in the poison garden). We were there in October, so nothing in Ireland was at it's best looks-wise but Blarney was still incredibly picturesque. I think it was rather nice to be there in an off-month actually; we avoided crowds. All-in-all it was absolutely worth the extra few hours drive & entrance fee and I'm very glad we got to spend the day there.

Visited October 2012
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Bushmills, United Kingdom
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“Blarney Castle”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Great part of history and tradition.Well worth the fun of it.We drove up and just wandered about and the kids loved the kissing the stone fun.Told them all the history i know and they still remember it.

Visited April 2012
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