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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • 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!
  • Amazing place to spend the day. On a sunny day this has got to be one of the best places to visit in cork. The Castle and grounds are in amazing condition. Kissing the stone and stuff is grand, although a bit disgusting considering the amount of people who've puckered up to it over the last 200 years. It's a little pricey to go in but is worth it. Great to see so many tourists out and about enjoying their time in this wonderful part of cork.
  • I kissed a stone, and I liked it! It felt so wrong, but it felt so right. I'm embracing the gift of gabbing, and let me tell you that the gabbing is good.
  • Shite. Nearly broke my back to get at the damnable thing and caught cold sores off it to boot which is a form of herpes. Thanks a lot. Irish tourist board should read "Come to Ireland and catch STD'S". Wouldn't recommend

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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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