Blarney Castle & Gardens, Cork

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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 Cork, and find out what else Cork has to offer, use our Cork.
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  • It's marvellous to walk through the gardens to the castle ruins and be greeted by a piper who was happy to chat between numbers and sent us on our way to the sounds of "Waltzing Matilda". We made the....  more
    It's marvellous to walk through the gardens to the castle ruins and be greeted by a piper who was happy to chat between numbers and sent us on our way to the sounds of "Waltzing Matilda". We made the....  more »
  • This was a highly enjoyable day! We were there several hours and there was so much to see. The gardens were stunning and everyone had a great time! Be sure to kiss the Blarney Stone :) 
    This was a highly enjoyable day! We were there several hours and there was so much to see. The gardens were stunning and everyone had a great time! Be sure to kiss the Blarney Stone :)  more »
  • Beautiful grounds, lots of history. I loved the stories and just walking around and spending at least half a day there. I will go back! 
    Beautiful grounds, lots of history. I loved the stories and just walking around and spending at least half a day there. I will go back!  more »
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  • The gardens at Blarney castle are even more impressive than the castle and Blarney stone. The Jurassic fern garden is incredibly magical and shouldn't be missed. The poison garden is very informative. The lime kiln and ice house are well documented, and quite interesting. The boardwalks are nice, but the stone features like the druid circle and witches stove inspire the imagination.
  • We were staying at the blarney woollen Mills Hotel so we had a wonderful walk in the garden which is across the road from the hotel. We enjoyed it very much
  • Blarney is one of those places that Ireland is famous for mainly for the legend of the stone which I wouldn't kiss even in non Covid times. Take that out of it and there is a feeling that the price of €18 per adult is a little on the high side. Nice gardens and historical site. But at over €50 for two adults and a child it is hard not to feel this is not great value.
  • This is a highlight of Cork, and there is so much more to do here than kiss the Blarney stone. The castle is self-guided and you can explore pretty well all of the rooms built into the walls, which is quite a few. And the grounds and gardens are extensive. We wished we had brought a picnic and stayed longer.
  • I had always heard of Blarney Castle and the special stone you kiss, I had also heard that the stone was once part of a toilet system so kissing it doesn't interest me. But I did not know about the grounds around the castle. The grounds are both extensive and spectacular we visited on 1 July after a couple of weeks of sunny weather and lots of summer flowers were in bloom and all the little pollinators were out doing their thing. The plus side of the pandemic is the lack of tour coaches and crowds, so the place was very chilled and most of the visitors were local. We spent 3 hours or so in the park, but it's one of those places you could easily spend an entire day there. And we will do just that soon, whole there aren't mad crowds in the place.

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