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Steeped in legend, Blarney Castle & Gardens boast a mystical stone claiming supernatural power to endow anyone who kisses it with the gift of great eloquence. You can test this legend by kissing the stone while hanging upside-down from the top of the castle's tower. Once you capture the power of this magical stone, tour the castle's extensive gardens, featuring several natural rock formations with whimsical names like "Druid's Circle" and "Witch's Cave." As you follow the grassy paths, try to spot different kinds of ferns growing here, some of which are the tallest of their kind in Ireland. Check online for a printable map of the castle's grounds, and take advantage of discounts by booking your tickets in advance. To visit Blarney Castle & Gardens on your holiday in Blarney, and find out what else Blarney has to offer, use our Blarney trip planner .
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Blarney Castle & Gardens Reviews
We arrived within the last hour and a half but still had plenty of time to see the castle and gardens. The view of the surrounding area from atop the castle is stunning and green (and nothing has yet ... more »
Visite cher pour voir un château en ruine. 18€ l’entrée, ça les vaut pas. Château sympa mais franchement ya pas grand chose. Faut arrêter avec la pierre de l’éloquence, un attrape touriste. Jardins sy... more »Visit expensive to see a ruined castle. €18 the entry, it is not. Nice Castle but frankly there is not much. Stop with the stone of eloquence, a tourist trap. Gardens nice but it's still any.
So I did a paddywagontour (we were left back in blarney, but another Driver (3h later) took us back (quality of paddytourtrip depends on your driver). It's really beautifull, the area, the garden, the... more »
What can I say it's Blarney Castle it's definitely a must see, the blarney house was closed when I went there but despite that the castle and park took more than enough time to explore so many sites, flower gardens, cool stones, the poison garden etc. They also have a shop with excellent coffee, I had to try their Irish coffee for the first time here in the park in a cool little Cafe area just beside the castle. I will say not a fan of heights but it was awesome to just climb to the top of the castle and look out across the countryside, and while your up there if you feel up to kissing the stone you can as well. Bottom line this Park is well worth the stop just so much to do and see!
Had a lovely time at Blarney Castle. It was super busy and the wait for kissing the Blarney Stone was 1 hour (normal in peak summer time) which was better spent exploring the surrounding grounds filled with different gardens (poison, fern and rock), walking around the lake and along the river and viewing the waterfalls. There are several woodland scenic trails you can take around the area and we even met some of the horses. There is an extra fee to enter the house which do tours daily. The cafes have sandwiches, drinks and ice cream to purchase but if you want to pack your own picnic to enjoy the scenery please do. Overall spare at least half a day to fully explore the area. The rose pergola was in full bloom and was deserted so we got some fantastic pictures with no crowds.
The castle is managed well, a ruin certainly, but still in reasonable condition. The trip to the Stone takes you through many areas of the castle. How often does one get to walk the rooms and stairs of an actual medieval castle? This makes waiting the queue for the Stone worthwhile. The Stone experience is a silly ritual, but it is unique, and they take good close-up photos of you for purchase, it makes it worthwhile as well. The star of this visit is clearly the grounds. A world class set of lovely and unique gardens, peaceful, beautiful, clearly tended with love. The gardens are worth the price of admission a thousand times over.
Really cool castle - makes for great photos both inside and outside. The interior is completely open to the elements and very empty. Because of the popularity you'll likely see the castle while waiting in a slow-moving line. Not much you can do about that. The rest of the grounds outside of the castle are breathtaking and wonderful. I wish I had a few more hours to stay and enjoy the scenery but our tour group left.
Blarney Castle was amazing. It is definitely a place you could visit if you are visiting Ireland in the Dublin area. The grounds are gorgeous and the staff was very friendly and nice. It was an amazing day the time we went as you can see from the sunshine. Definitely a place to add to your itinerary if you are in the Dublin area.
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