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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  • Fun experience. Certain people turn their noses up at this, but it's fun to do if the line isn't too long. We we about an hour before closing and waited about 45 minutes. Well worth it, for me anyway.
  • We had a great time! Climbed the narrow stairs up to kiss the Blarney Stone, took lots of pics, and toured the gardens. The commanding view is worth it. No rush, tour at your pace. A very pleasant experience.
  • It was a bit of a wait but more than worth it. The view was beautiful from the top and the blarney stone is one of the most iconic tourist stops in Ireland. Everyone back home asked me if i kissed it so it was fun to say i did.
  • We caught the 8:05 am bus out of Cork and were the first on line at 8:40. Gate opened at 9. We raced to the castle and were the first to kiss the stone. It was a great visit but by 10am had all the markings of a tourist trap and super long lines. Get there early and get out.
  • I kissed the stone a week ago I don't notice a change. Ahaah! This is one of my favourite castles. Be warned because you need to have mobility to walk up the stairs because the runners are thin & it's dark in there. Don't do this if you get claustrophobic. Nice views from the top of the castle and gorgeous surrounding gardens.
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