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Address: Blarney, Ireland
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+353 21 438 5252
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09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Situated 8km from Cork City, this historic castle is most famous for its...

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 30 MINS BEFORE CLOSING TIME

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More than just the Blarney stone

If you only go to kiss the Blarney stone, then you are missing the best part of this place. Yes, the Castle is a treat and kissing the stone a tradition. But that should be only... read more

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you only go to kiss the Blarney stone, then you are missing the best part of this place. Yes, the Castle is a treat and kissing the stone a tradition. But that should be only one of your stops. The surrounding grounds are fantastic. Start with the poison garden in the back of the castle. Yes, you read it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We started out at the gardens and fell in love. Each part was a step back in time from the stones to the witch's kitchen. The information markers were so helpful and clever. We felt lost in another time but trying to find the castle and where to go next got a little confusing. The castle was a little more... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We did go on a cold day. The castle was cool and a bit of fun but not worth the 15 euro entry. The stairs are very small and dangerous when wet. Not accessible for small children. The grounds were lovely but maybe better in the summer time, so you could get your moneys worth out of the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There's a lot more to Blarney Castle than the Blarney Stone. We didn't have the time nor the inclination to wait in line to climb 100 steps behind hundreds of people to kiss a stone; we opted for using our available time to explore the other things that the castle and grounds had to offer. Don't miss the Poison Garden... More 

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Catalina Island, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're in Cork this is a must see! Well kept Tourist attraction! On the top 20 things in Ireland to see.

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Coto de Caza, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were surprised and delighted regarding the freedom we had to roam the grounds, climb the castle and tour the cave. There is a great deal of trust in the tourists in that there is no security or watchful eyes and no fear of litigation from a trip and fall while climbing the castle steps, no forms to sign away... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had the place practically to ourselves on a pretty February afternoon. It was so fun wandering about the castle ruins with no one waiting behind us. We were able to go at our own pace and have fun. The gentleman at the top who helped us kiss the Blarney stone said that in high season, there is a very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's something you have to see when you're in Ireland. Grounds are beautiful. Lovely. At the moment there is some construction going on.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Where I'm from we dont have no castles so this was something I had to see. It was beautiful even in the rain. The whole place is like walking through a grimm brothers fairytale. My group all made it up to the top of the castle and all kissed the stone something I never thought I could do being so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went here and yes, I did kiss the Blarney Stone, but there is so much more to the castle and gardens than that. Kissing the stone isn't easy, and it does feel like and look like falling. It was so traumatic for my children to watch me doing that my husband didn't get a chance to follow suit, as... More 

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