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Steeped in legend, Blarney Castle & Gardens boast a mystical stone claiming supernatural power to endow anyone who kisses it with the gift of great eloquence. You can test this legend by kissing the stone while hanging upside-down from the top of the castle's tower. Once you capture the power of this magical stone, tour the castle's extensive gardens, featuring several natural rock formations with whimsical names like "Druid's Circle" and "Witch's Cave." As you follow the grassy paths, try to spot different kinds of ferns growing here, some of which are the tallest of their kind in Ireland. Check online for a printable map of the castle's grounds, and take advantage of discounts by booking your tickets in advance. To visit Blarney Castle & Gardens on your holiday in Cork, and find out what else Cork has to offer, use our Cork.
Tours to Blarney Castle & Gardens
6-Day South of Ireland Tour from Dublin BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $688
Duration: 6 days
5-Day Escape to the South West Small-Group Tour from Dublin BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $943
Duration: 5 days
Blarney Castle & Gardens reviews
Abosloutly beautiful place and well kept. The coffee shop staff was so pleasant and couldn't help us enough. However, on arrival at reception the staff member who we purchased the tickets off was... more »
This might be a busy place, but it is that way for many reasons. History. Decent interpretive signage. Nice grounds. Tradition---at least five generations of my family have walked the grounds, how.... more »
Okay, I did the tourist thing and kissed the Blarney Stone. It was a pretty fun. You have to be able to climb and descend some pretty narrow stairs. The view at the top is amazing. When you kiss the Blarney stone you are held by two men, upside and backwards to kiss the stone. If you look underneath where they are having you kiss you see what looks like antlers stacked at the bottom. It was kind of thrilling. Ireland is a beautiful country, with wonderful people I will keep in my heart forever!
Went early Decembre when it was quiet with no ques. Enjoyed the walk around the castle, kissed a stone, saw some cool rocks an small waterfalls. Worth a visit.
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