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Blarney Castle & Gardens, Blarney

Categories: Castles, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 4,200+ reviews on the web
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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  • Beautiful grounds and amazing castle. It's a long way to the top, but once there you have a spectacular view of the surrounding area. Bending backwards to kiss the stone was a real neat experience.......  read more »
  • Take your time here, such lovely gardens and lush walking trails to tempt you. Of course if you've come all this way you must go kiss the Blarney stone. The stairs are narrow and many, if you don't li...  read more »
  • We actually had bypassed Blarney Castle on previous trips but decided on a whim to go when we got lost coming out of Cork. What serendipity! We had thought it would be a tourist trap, but the grounds ...  read more »
  • Fantastic day out if the weather is good and you're in the vicinity of Cork. The castle is okay, not much to it but if you can climb the narrow staircase to the top then you can kiss the blarney stone and buy the photograph. The best attraction is the surrounding gardens which are wide ranging and interesting. If you enjoy gardens then it definitely with a visit... Give yourself a fair few hours or the day to relax and walk and buy lunch
  • Cool place to visit. The grounds ended up being the best part, as the line to the blarney stone (and the top of the castle) was very long and not worthwhile. The poison garden was fascinating and the landscaping throughout is well done. We had an unpleasant experience with the ticket office though. I feel like they intentionally mislead you about some of their coupons.
  • A must see. The castle is amazing, but I was surprised at how extensive the grounds were. My wife and I thought it would be a quick in and out sort of thing... you know kiss the stone and head back on the road, but we were there for hours and still felt like there was more to see. Make sure you check out the dungeon under the main castle. Very cool.
  • Amazing and must see visit for all who can - the gardens are equipped with acres of gorgeous and well tended hedges, plants and flowers, alongside stone circles, fairy walks and small playgrounds all ultimately converging on the focal point of the castle itself, which is magnificent to behold. Staff are friendly and there is plenty of parking since the car park was redone. I would encourage anyone in Cork region to buy an annual pass as it recoups it's cost in about three visits and it is thoroughly worth your Saturday walk. The park loses a star due to no automatic queue facility for card holders - in this day and age it is quite baffling that the grounds cannot facilitate a till queue on the left side, and a cardholder swipe gate on the right. As such, it's possible to get stuck behind 52 people emerging from a coach, and the lengthy wait which that entails.
  • Nice grounds, very interesting castle and a nice tourist spot. The Blarney stone is mythologised to grant powers of eloquence but the line is quite long. We did it for fun. But take your own pictures.
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