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Blarney Castle & Gardens, Blarney

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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. By using our Blarney trip builder, you can arrange your visit to Blarney Castle & Gardens and other attractions in Blarney.
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  • Blarney Castle is just a short drive from Cork. It's well worth the trip. The gardens are very attractive and the Poison Garden of interest. The climb up to the Blarney Stone is not for the faint hear...  more »
  • If you visit Blarney Castle, be sure to make your way through the winding, narrow stairwells to the top and kiss the Blarney Stone, but don't miss the fun & beautiful grounds & gardens! There are beau...  more »
  • The castle itself is stunning, and the way that the castle has been preserved truly allows you to take a walk back in time to how those who inhabited the castle would have lived. Of course, you have t...  more »
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  • You have to go and kiss the Blarney Stone. If you have a long time here I suggest doing the audio guide. It was super informative and covered the entire grounds. I wish I had more time to finish it all! There's tons to explore in addition to the castle. The poison gardens were very very cool. Never seen anything like it. Furthermore they let you keep the audio guide as a souvenir. A must see in Ireland.
  • We did the Blarney castle as one of those "must do" tourism things. The castle was nice and picturesque, but it has been left in ruins, with some areas roped off. Once on the top, we were disappointed to find the Blarney Stone is a small rock that is attached to the castle (so everyone is kissing the same spot). The caves were shut, so no exploring in there which would have been fun. It was nice that they had walking trails around, which made it into a good afternoon all at one spot. There is a good cafe on site with sandwiches and stews, etc. Overall I'm glad we went, but it wasn't the best castle we visited.
  • This is an amazing historical site, and an incredible experience. The grounds are very well maintained, and much larger than I imagined. You could spend hours just walking around the grounds, after you spend and hour exploring the castle and kiss the Blarney Stone.
  • Lots to see here, besides the tourist-magnet Blarney Stone. The trip to the top of the castle is worth it even if you don't kiss the stone. The gardens are nice to walk through. The cafe is good. It was a little busy when we went, probably because of the really nice weather.
  • Amazing experience of kissing the Blarney stone hanging head down from a heightt the last level of the castle. Lovely walks in the poison plants garden, the rock close and the fern garden. I really enjoyed spending a few hours at this tourist attraction.