Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Ireland  /  Province of Munster  /  County Cork  /  Blarney  /  Historic Sites  /  Blarney Castle & Gardens

Blarney Castle & Gardens, Blarney

(4.5/5 based on 4,600+ 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.
Create a full Blarney itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Blarney

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Blarney by other users

15 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM IRELAND July, kids, popular PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM SPAIN August, kids, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 20 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA June, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM IRELAND March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Ireland & Bushmills BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM CANADA August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM IRELAND May, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 15 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM ICELAND October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM SPAIN April, culture, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Ireland & Belfast BY A USER FROM CANADA July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 12 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: September, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • My 8 year-old son and I sank over 5H into this, and it was spectacular throughout. The Blarney Stone is a must-do, but the splendid walkways and lush surroundings make for peaceful, rejuvenating, and ...  more »
  • nice garden, very well maintained... building is not easy to access, and I advise the visiteursd have a good pair of shoes and not be too big! to reach the Summit of the tour.nous not made the attraction to tourist which is to kiss a stone that is supposed to give you the gift of the eloquence.la position is rebutante.le garden is very interesting by the richness of species presentes.le rate is a bit too high.
    View original
  • Blarney castle is few miles away from cork. As you enter the gardens along with an information booklet and a map just stroll down towards the castle and line up to kiss the blarney stone. Your photos ...  more »
Google
  • 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.