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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...more
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Blarney, Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday

Even our recently graduated son agreed this was great value. Take your student cards. Concessions include over 60 not 65 for some attractions. They really look after the site. The crossing rivers was a surprise! OK the castle is fairly bare but the journey through...More

Thank aowenwells
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were in a tour group and were briefed about the Blarney stone and the time it required for our turn to kiss the stone. We decided not to and instead went around exploring the castle grounds. We had a lovely long walk right up...More

Thank Mei T
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were so impressed by this well preserved castle, it's beautiful gardens, cafe's and layout. Parking was a breeze, the staff were great, the castle itself was comparable to pretty much everything we have seen in Ireland. The stone is a must see, and kissing...More

Thank jimpQ2490OE
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Ireland’s most visited historic site. Worth the time to see castle, walk the gardens and of course Kiss the Blarney Stone!! Right adjacent the local village too for food, drink and shopping.

Thank MarkPurdue
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

What a place. It is a must while being in Cork. The castle grounds have a cave, poison garden, stables, cafe etc while the castle is pretty much intact from the old ages. It has so many rooms, the smallest and the most steepest stairs,...More

Thank keiji16
Reviewed 5 days ago

Beautiful gardens and of course that great experience to have kissed the Blarney Stone! We had a lovely day in here. Check out my video for tips before deciding to kiss the famous stone. Link on my profile.

Thank Steph A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Blarney Castle and Gardens was interesting for all the family however some older members of our group did not attempt the climb up the spiral stairs to the top. It is definitely best to get there early at opening times as the tour buses and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were very lucky to arrive close to closing and we had the castle and the grounds to ourselves! We are able to enjoy the area and climb to the top with no crowds.

Thank lollygal
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loaded with tourists as coud expect. Expect a line to tour the castle but the grounds were amazing and gorgeous. Take some time and enjoy.

Thank jenniejamie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Finally stopped at Blarney Castle. Kiss the stone and receive the gift of gab. Watch your head and mind your step. The spiral stone stair cases are wet, worn down, and slippery.

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10 November 2018|
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Response from Raphjh | Reviewed this property |
The main bus station in Cork is easy to get to from the train station and there are a number of buses running both to and from Blarney during the day. I’m not aware of buses that leave the train station for Blarney.
25 October 2018|
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Response from Trollivier | Reviewed this property |
If there's not too much traffic that's about a 20 minutes ride. I think that would be reasonable. It's definitely worth it for sure! I'd advise you to go early, as there might be a long line to visit the castle. It's quite... More
24 October 2018|
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Response from Jill0519 | Reviewed this property |
We took the Irish Tours out of Dublin and it was great - loved the tour guide/driver Jim. The tour price included the entry fees for all the locations we stopped at - 3. The prices for tour was very reasonable. We had... More