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Blarney Castle & Gardens
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Blarney Castle and Cork Day Trip from Dublin
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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
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

Cork was a great city! Blarney Castle is just a 20 minute bus ride away for €4. Definitely give yourself 3-4 hours at the castle to walk as much of the gardens/trails as you can. Make sure to kiss the Blarney stone! You want to be Blarney ;)

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“A lovely day!!”
Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

A visit to this historic site is a must if you are in this region of Ireland. We actually made the journey from Galway specifically for it and it was definitely worth it! For €12 you get entrance to Blarney Castle and the beautiful surrounding grounds. There are a number of walks around that you can take yourself on with the map that you are provided. There is a lake, caves, woodland walk and a number of gardens in the vicinity of the castle that you can walk through. There is also a lovely cafe (in the old stables) where you can go and grab a cup of tea after you have had your fill of exploring. When we went there was no queue to kiss the stone itself but we had heard that during peak times it can be up to 2 hours so plan carefully. When going to the castle, if you are driving, once you come off the motorway you need to keep an eye out for signs to the castle as you do have to ho through a bit of a maze of twists and turns, but it is very well signposted! Enjoy!!

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Dublin, Ireland
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“Much better than expected”
Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

Came to the Blarney Castle as the last and ubiquitous stop of a short holiday in Ireland. Didn't really expect much other than kissing the famous stone but left very satisfied. The grounds are great to walk around in, the castle itself is hugely entertaining to explore with lots of narrow staircases and caves underneath and of course kissing the stone is a great, if a little unnerving, experience in itself. Really got more than I expected from what was just a quick visit.

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“Just kiss it!”
Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

We visited the castle on what turned out to be a gorgeous day...cold...but no rain. There were only about 10 other visitors when we arrived so we had the castle grounds to ourselves. We did climb up the steep, narrow stairs to kiss the stone. There was no line and the guys helping were very friendly and patient when our camera decided to die...just as I was getting In position to kiss the stone.

It was quite scary leaning over backwards to kiss the stone, but heck....you come this far, might as well do as the tourists do.

The signs around the castle were very entertaining.

Even our 4 year old daughter had a great time exploring.

Ample parking and free parking!

Must see!

Visited February 2014
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“Visited the Blarney Castle”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

This is a must-see when you visit Cork. We visited the castle on a rainy day, but the castle was still open. You have to go to the very top of the castle to see the Blarney Stone, which was actually built into the castle wall. There is a line to kiss the stone, and each person has to lie on their backs, hold onto the rails on each side of them, and kiss the stone upside down (someone is there to hold onto you of course). Being the germaphobe I am, I merely brushed my lips against the stone (which was actually just a cold wet wall) and it was over in 3 seconds. A photographer is there to take a picture of you sprawled out on the castle ground and they give you a ticket to check the shot out when you descend down the castle. I found the photo of myself awkward so I didn't purchase it.

The view at the top of the castle was gorgeous, even on a grey rainy day. However, it was quite slippery in some parts of the castle, so be cautious.

Visited July 2013
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