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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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Where to stay in Blarney

When you come to see the historical Blarney Castle and its mythical rock, consider staying at one of the many local bed and breakfast spots in Blarney. Many people view these traditional lodgings as the best way to experience true Irish charm and hospitality. The small village near the castle offers a variety of bed and breakfasts in different price ranges, as well as a few guest homes, and most put you within walking distance from the castle. If you prefer a larger city, explore accommodation options in nearby Cork.
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  • A historic castle Near Cork Its story goes back to 1200 a.c,although now that it is a partial ruin it has some rooms that can be visited. But the best of all is its extensive gardens,with paths and in...  more »
  • Probably the most famous attraction in all of Ireland is the Blarney Stone located on the top of Blarney Castle. After a tough climb through a steep and narrow tower, you emerge onto the top of the ca...  more »
  • The grounds surrounding the castle are beautiful and worth the visit even if you are not interested in the 100+ stair climb to the top of the castle.  more »
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  • OK, I know it's kitsch, but it does so in the best way. Kissing the Blarney Stone is harder than you think! The castle is smaller than most, but it is well preserved and interesting. It is not for the claustrophobic given the narrow, winding steps. They have quite nice grounds including a 'poison' garden with foxglove, ivies, marijuana, and so on.
  • Fantastic place, well worth a visit. Try and get there as near to opening time as possible, during peak visitor months. Go to the castle first, kiss the stone, if you like, then explore the gardens. Nice cafe there. For lunch walk to the nearby Blarney Woolen Mills after your tour of the castle. Great self service cafe there and excellent souvenir shop
  • Words can't do justice to this magical place. Blarney Castle is amazing, but the gardens are the real show stopper on this tour. Visitors can walk the acres of gardens and ride in a horse drawn carriage to a beautiful waterfall. The Blarney House is spectacular as well. This is a great "must see" attraction in Ireland.
  • I've heard some people online say that Blarney Castle isn't worth it... They are absolutely wrong. The castle was fun and if you go before 10am or after 3pm, the wait to kiss the Blarney Stone is minimal. The real draw here is the gardens. The poison garden was cool and the rest of the park was beautiful. From the ancient druid stones to the Jurassic Park level ferns in the Fern Garden, my wife and I had a blast exploring the gardens. DON'T SKIP BLARNEY CASTLE & GARDENS.
  • The grounds of the castle are stunning. Climbing the castle to kiss the Blarney Stone was a good experience. We went at 3pm on a Monday and it still took an hour to climb to the top due to the queues of people. Not sure what time of day is quieter but plan for the climb to take a good hour or more. Also wouldn't recommend for young kids, we went up with our 3 year old and were very nervous at the top as there are open grates which small children could easily fall through.