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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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  • Average5%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Blarney, Ireland
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"poison garden"
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"worth the trip"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Never thought much about kissing a wall but this process was an experience. I’m afraid of heights and don’t like narrow spaces but I went anyway. Pace yourself when there are many tour groups the wait to the top is more than an hour. You...More

Thank Heart2Travel2
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went in the morning and no queues. Walk around the gardens too. Well worth it. The poisonous garden was very interesting.

Thank Debbie C
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Took my family here last week. It was a gray misty day, which felt perfect for this visit. The grounds are beautiful, the poison garden very cool with a really large Yew tree. The three young adults that were with us went up to the...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

There is more to Blaney Castle than kissing the Blaney stone. The gardens are well worth the walk. Walking up the internal stairs of the castle are at times a little tight but the view from the top is amazing.You need to have some level...More

Thank Wendy W
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a very busy site. Line ups at the entrance and up to one hour wait to get up in the castle tower to kiss the Blarney Stone. The wait was not worth it to us, instead we explored the amazing gardens with different...More

Thank lldekker
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It took an hour and a half of waiting in line before we reached the Blarney Stone at the top of the castle. The wait was well worth it though. Steps leading up to the Blarney Stone are narrow and steep but it is not...More

Thank Richard P
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very pretty castle and grounds. Allow yourself a minimum of 2 hours here to walk through the castle and the grounds area. I did not kiss the Blarney Stone because I’m a bit of a germ-o-phobe and I also don’t like to hang upside down...More

Thank PatriciaT917
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Got here on a Thursday afternoon. Saw signs saying "90 minutes from here to stone," etc. and just kept passing them. There was no line at all. Obviously based on previous reviews this is not typical, but you may stand better luck not waiting in...More

Thank Adam P
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A truly beautiful place. Lovely walks and views. could spend all day there. Upon entry to the Queue for kissing the Blarney stone a sign said ‘one hour long’. It was very accurate. The queue made its way up the castle and flew by as...More

Thank Rachel88089
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This day trip was so amazing! We expected long lines to kiss the Blarney Stone but were surprised to have to wait only 45 minutes, and we met such nice people. No one seemed to mind the wait because the excitement of being at The...More

Thank Denise D
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Jon R
16 August 2018|
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Response from DonnamjCan | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Lots of people have answered but I'll answer too! The entrance can be a bit confusing so don't feel pressured when you are driving in there and just try and watch the signs really well when you go in and out!
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Jon R
16 August 2018|
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Response from BuckinPA | Reviewed this property |
There was parking for motor coaches, so I'm thinking they could park your motorhome.
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1 August 2018|
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