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Blarney Castle & Gardens

Open today: 09:00 - 16:00
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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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I had my sons friend with me and I took her to Blarney Castle and Gardens. We were blessed with the day and we had the most amazing views from the top of the castle. We walked around the gardens and then left to join...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank EimearQ8888
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is not just a castle. There are beautiful gardens, the exquisite Blarney house, poison garden and of course the climb to kiss the stone. The castle is rugged and requires climbing stairs and small spaces. The interior is open to the elements with small...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank tripper79139
Reviewed 3 days ago

A beautiful castle set in lovely grounds, great for a wander and a nosey. Kissing the Blarney Stone is quite and experience as you have to slide backwards out of a murder hole with someone hanging on to your legs!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank NJB2k
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Worth the day trip. Beautiful, charming, character, history... lots of fun facts. Take advantage take of the mill which is brilliant and very amazing. Well designed, well merchandiser, and cozy. This location should be top of the must see and experience

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Pamela C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very nice , lots to do . Pity the House was closed and there were renovations , should give a discount ticket . Nice gardens to explore. Worth the visit.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank JennaBrown30
Reviewed 1 week ago

If in Cork you can take a short drive on the city bus to Blarney. If you go off season there is no wait to get in. In the castle you can explore the rooms then use the rope handle to help you go up...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Samantha H
Reviewed 1 week ago

The line to get to the Blarney Stone at the top of the castle was a couple hours long in the summer--and all in all can't say it was worth it. The gardens are beautiful and a very nice woolen mill/store nearby. It wants to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank DonnaC1111
Reviewed 1 week ago

Blarney Castle was a bit of a dream come true. Climbing the maze of stairs to the top to kiss the stone was a journey well worth making. The weather was perfect the day we went and afforded us a great visit. Be sure to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TravelBoomerang
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to pass a few hours. You need to be flexable to kiss the blarney stone. The gardens are beautiful

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank fireddy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this February and there were no lines. Pretty much had the castle to ourselves with about 20 other couples. Very much loved this

Date of experience: February 2019
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6 February 2019|
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Response from Matthew T | Reviewed this property |
no you cannot walk on the grounds after closing
22 January 2019|
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Response from Blarney C | Property representative |
Hi, only guide dogs or service dogs are permitted at the castle or in the gardens.
21 January 2019|
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Response from TravelingBobby77 | Reviewed this property |
No dogs are permitted at Blarney Castle with the exception of registered guide dogs/assistance dogs.