Blarney Stone, County Cork

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To receive the gift of great skill at flattery, kiss Blarney Stone. A block of Carboniferous limestone set into the Blarney castle, the stone was built into the battlements in 1446. Admire the castle and its gorgeous gardens, but don't leave without honoring the old legend that anyone who kisses the limestone will become excellent at persuasion. Though the task is difficult, as you must lean over the parapet's edge backwards to reach the stone, millions of visitors have taken part in the age-old tradition. A visit to Blarney Stone represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Blarney visit planning site to plot your vacation.
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  • Took some visiting friends to kiss the blarney stone. The castle is very authentic with arrow slits and everything still in place. Be aware though that the climb up to the blarney stone involves a ver...  more »
  • If you want to feel how it felt to dwell in an Irish Castle then you need to visit this castle...the grounds are beautiful any time of the year !  more »
  • Very nice park with beautiful ruins of Blarney Castle. Also nice to see how all the m the Blarney stone pillow. It is worth to visit it. Very beautiful hiking trails.
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  • Really neat place! Yes the Blarney Stone is here and yes do kiss it! It’s supposed to be among the top 100 things to do before you die! I cannot speak for the lower ratings about Long’s lines but we must have went at a proper good time, we walked right up to the stone and kissed it. NO waiting. But may I also say the grounds were amazing! Do see the Blarney house and the fern garden with the waterfall! Loved it all. All the poor ratings... blah blah blah, “oh I had to pay money for this, to expensive, long lines, rude people, feet hurt eyelids itch”.... on and on and on with the complaining. People it’s the cost of being on vacation/holiday! Pay the money and have fun. We did, and we don’t regret it one bit!
  • Pretty castle, incredible grounds, less than friendly staff, and a very long line. Everything is centered around kissing the Blarney Stone. Worth a visit, but not sure it’s worth €18/person!
  • Embrace the touristyness. You will queue for ages with an excited and disproportionately American crowd, up the steps and across the faux battlements. You will be laid on your back where you will pull yourself out over a long drop to the ground. Luckily, you will be facing upwards so will not notice this. You will then place a smacker on a bit of stone, quite close to the original stone and where thousands of others have gone before, hopefully none of whom had a cold sore at the time. You will then be able to buy some very cheesy tourist stuff from the shop downstairs. Such as a certificate which reads “This is to certify that officially has the gift of the gab for seven years from ” or even a “can of Irish air” (Translation: An empty can). You will be milked of your holiday money at a venue famous for a spurious “legend”. And you’ll enjoy it. You won’t care because it’s fun! And because the stone that brought you here aside, the rest of the “castle”, the staff and the grounds are worth the visit alone.
  • Expect to spend over an hour in the line being a small narrow staircase with people all around you, if you get costlofobic I wouldn't recommend. The castles are awesome though. Well maintained gardens also. Price is pretty steep being 15 euros
  • I mean it's a must have in Ireland but nothing overly special. Be prepared to wait a long time to kiss the Barney! So leave plenty of time for waiting! We got an Irish coffee to keep us warm! Poison garden is neat to see tho! We explored the fern garden which was interesting cuz you are expecting a place like that beside the castle!
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