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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  • August 17, 2017
    So enjoyed our trip to kiss the Blarney Stone! We did a full tour of Ireland and didn't have long but managed to que up and get to the top within an hour. The stairways were quite steep and it was a l...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    This is nice to look at, but really isn't worth the heights, flies, wasps, half hour wait to get tickets, 15 euro tickets and a 2 hour wait to get up there.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    The grounds were nicely looked after and very clean. Castle was nice and lots of areas to explore on the journey to the top to kiss the stone. Escape route for the faint of heart. The stair cases did ...  more »
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  • May 11, 2017
    Kissing the castle for Good speech! Walking forward and backward on wishing step! Great Garden! Beautiful View! 14 Euro for entrance~ I think it is quite good attraction!
  • March 21, 2017
    A good walk to the stone from the entrance. You have to pay for entry. The entrance is not free. There is someone at the top who will hold you as you dangle upside down to kiss the stone. Some ppl would tip this person though this is not mandatory. There is also a photographer at the top who would take two pictures of you as you kiss the stone. You can buy the pictures as well as buy certificates that you have kissed the stone once you are walk down after kissing the stone.
  • March 15, 2017
    I kissed a stone, and I liked it! It felt so wrong, but it felt so right. I now I am emracing the gift of gabbing, and let me tell you that the gabbing is good.
  • June 3, 2017
    it was expensive and the toilets were completely disgusting. With all the money they are raking in you would think they could employ some people to look after the toilets.
  • October 12, 2016
    Where: Blarney Stone, Ireland What: An old castle, where Blarney used to live. We went to kiss the stone to get the gift of the gab. How was it: It was great. The timing couldn't be better with the colours during fall. We didn't purposely plan it this way, it was just happenstance. But if you have the choice and love fall, make sure to visit in October ! The weather is cool but the magnificent colours make up for it. Besides all of that, the castle is something. You can visit all the rooms inside and see how they lived years ago. The best is at the end when you get the view from the top and get to kiss the stone. You don't have to do it, but let's just say that would be like walking out to work in your pjs. Love this place and would definitely return, next time without the tour bus so we can spend more time ! Grade: Eli = 5, Serge = 5 Recommend: Yes, go to there !

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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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