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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. Add Blarney Stone and other attractions to your Blarney trip itinerary using our Blarney travel itinerary planner.
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  • I've always wanted to visit and kiss the Blarney Stone, so was quite excited when i came here. But i was quite disappointed by it. the stone is located quite high up so it is not easily accessible. th...  more »
  • If you're in the vicinity of Cork or Limerick a visit to Blarney Castle & the Blarney Stone is certainly worth it. The gardens are beautiful and the Castle fascinating. Getting up to the stone is fun ...  more »
  • We went in January when it was very quiet with no queues so we were stunned when we were charged €30 entrance for the two of us. I wonder do locals pay the same price? We tried to bargain but the desk...  more »
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  • 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 !
  • Grounds are kept nice and tidy and provides a good few hours of navigating around and exploring. Castle itself isn't anything that HAS to be seen as it's only standing there to accommodate the stone. Unfortunately the house was closed. €13 pp. Judge yourself if it's worthwhile to kiss the stone or not.
  • I absolutely loved it. It is really pretty in the fall. My kids loved it my wife loved it it is the best place to go it very grand
  • Just beautiful the grounds are huge there are just not words to describe.
  • OK its cool and i did kiss the stone. But really so many wonderful beautiful historic castles and churches in England, I am not really sure why this was a priority.