Blarney Castle & Gardens
Blarney Castle & Gardens
4.5
09:00 - 16:30
Monday
09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday
09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday
09:00 - 16:30
Thursday
09:00 - 16:30
Friday
09:00 - 16:30
Saturday
09:00 - 16:30
Sunday
09:00 - 16:30
About
Situated 8km from Cork City, this historic castle is most famous for its stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it. The word Blarney was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending. The stone is set in the wall below the battlements, and to kiss it one has to lean backwards (grasping an iron railing) from the parapet walk. LAST ADMISSION IS 60 MINS BEFORE CLOSING TIME/Dogs Not Permitted/Drone Photography Prohibited
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Kelly A
    9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views - narrow staircase
    Extremely beautiful, breathtaking gardens and view from the top of the castle. my only complaint is there is no warning about how narrow the stairwells are to climb up and once you start you cannot turn around. So if it’s your first time doing this sort of thing be aware.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 5 May 2023
  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, California3,044 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mandatory Tourist Stop
    This is a well organized and highly marketed castle just outside of Cork. If you’re in the area, it is a must see. Parking is 2 Euros - why? - two seniors ran 32 Euros. Here’s the deal - get here early to avoid the onslaught of tourist buses. The grounds are beautiful, the castle itself is faithfully presented, and it’s worth a couple hours of time.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 May 2023
  • TexasSD
    Corpus Christi, Texas7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We’ll be back!
    Absolutely beautiful and well kept grounds. Lots to see and plenty of paths to walk. Nearby local shopping, cafe, and photo opportunities. Prepare to spend some time out on a sunny day.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 May 2023
  • Suzanne M
    Helena, Montana61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Blarney
    BlAbney Castle was beautiful. It is very very busy on power with Disney. My suggestion get there early otherwise you'll spend all day waiting in lines. Even though you book? Online. You? Still have. To wait? In the payment line doesn't really save you any time. Tour groups get priority. Plan plenty of time if only doing the Blarney Stone and castle you're gonna need at least 2 to 2 1/2 hours if you're going to do the castle and the gardens probably 4 to 5 hours. The grounds are ADA accessible. If exploring the castle and Blarney Stone be prepared that you have to climb a lot of circular steps. They will take your picture while kissing the Blarney Stone and you can purchase it for 10 Euro.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 May 2023
  • Emma
    Radcliffe on Trent, United Kingdom12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not for the faint hearted
    Great experience. Beautiful castle and gardens. Kissing the stone was scarier than expected, as were the narrow steps to it. Prewarnings for the faint of heart might have been best as there was no good way to turn around. Overall a really good day out, though €20 felt a bit expensive.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 May 2023
  • charlottepowell14
    Corvallis, Montana55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Ireland must do.
    Blarney was one of my favorite stops in Ireland. We took a bus from Cork city for €4 a person and it was about a 30 minute ride. We arrived around 9:30 which was the perfect timing. There was nobody in the castle and we got to take our time exploring each and every room on our way up to kiss the Blarney Stone. After the main attraction, we took several hours to explore the incredible grounds. You don’t want to miss anything there! The grounds were kept in beautiful condition and we didn’t want to leave. You cannot miss this if you are in Ireland.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 June 2023
  • Stacey B
    United States5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    more than the Blarney Stone to see!
    Beautiful grounds to explore. Waited 1 hr to get up through castle. Treacherous staircase to top and not easy to miss the Blarney stone. On back, hyperextended over free air space holding onto bars with staff member guiding you. The gardens, and various grounds are just beautiful. You'll end up being there~3hrs.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 June 2023
  • Stephanie D
    Brooklyn, New York7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Blarney Castle is magnificent!
    The Blarney Castle was magnificent. We had a beautiful sunny day to explore the Castle and grounds. Go early in the morning to avoid crowds. We were able to tour the castle and get to the top where the Blarney Stone was waiting to be kissed, in no time bc there were very few people. The castle stairwells were steep, winding and small. The poison garden was very interesting. There is a pub across the street that had great pub food and drinks.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 5 June 2023
  • DFS60
    Norwich, Connecticut340 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see tradition
    The castle and the grounds are quite beautiful. The climb of 127 uneven stone steps in spiral fashion to reach the Blarney Stone can be daunting if a fun challenge. The views from the top of the castle are magnificent. The act of kissing the Blarney Stone was not what I expected, having to lay down and kiss upside down. There was a bag piper standing on a hill playing just before entering the castle. It can be a long line to get to the Blarney Stone so plan accordingly.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 5 June 2023
  • Anne Graf
    Cork, Ireland13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well is the myth true or just Blarney
    What a Beautiful place. Well organised and lots to see. I did not realise how high up the Blarney stone was! Quite an awesome Kiss. And the gardens are spectacular. I loved all the tales of witches and myths about the staircase. Also the poison garden. Very cool
    Visited August 2022
    Written 10 June 2023
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shabaron
Rockville, MD129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
The castle was much more interesting than I anticipated. Although it’s in ruins, there is a lot that’s left in tact and there are signs explaining the different rooms along the way, kissing the Blarney Stone is something you have to do. But, a tip is to slide your butt all the way to the end of the ledge if you hope to actually kiss the stone. The guy there helping you navigate your way isn’t very helpful or instructive.
Written 9 April 2024
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iamface
Cardiff, UK1,675 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
must visit place in Cork that always crowded so that i went there early morning and did the stone kiss visit first that almost no need to wait. so interest experience of it. after that visited the garden and the rest of area that also enjoyable.
Written 9 April 2024
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Cathy A
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Wonderful visit with my college-aged daughter. The flowering trees and spring flowers are all in bloom and the grounds are pristine. Special shout-out to Luke at the gift shop who ensured, with is excellent bubble wrapping, that my new mug didn't break in my luggage during my flights back to the states- I love it!
Written 6 April 2024
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Kent W
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
beautiful day, Ann was our amazing guide, knowledgeable, fun and full of stories. We thought 2-3 hours would be boring, but were entertained the whole time.. so so much to see.. This is a must do.when visiting Ireland.. and you cant leave without kissing the Blarney stone
Written 2 April 2024
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Kayla
Glassboro, NJ50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Wish I’d had more time to spend here! We arrived about an hour and a half before closing so were speed running the property (they have a very strict time for getting out of the car park which, fair enough, it’s after closing, but we didn’t want to be charged extra!) Made it up to the Blarney Stone (no line that late in the day!), around to a few other things like the Druid stones, caves, and poison garden before heading back to the gift shop. Didn’t realize how much the grounds had to offer and wish we’d had another hour or two to take it all in!
Written 31 March 2024
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lindfieldmummy
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
There is really so much to do here, what a lovely experience. Kissing the Blarney stone is a must, walking backwards with your eyes closed down the wishbone steps a must. Beautiful waterfalls, very cool witches cavens and druid stones and caves. Spent so much longer here than we expected
Written 30 March 2024
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Shipahoyahoy
Portsmouth, UK568 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Very easy to get to by bus from Grand Parade, Cork. About 30 minutes on the bus and only 2 Euros each way. Going on a fairly dull March day meant few other visitors around. Staff very friendly and helpful. Castle interesting but be aware of the steep spiral staircase to the top of the keep and the same going down. Fortunately a one way system. I didn't kiss the stone for hygiene reasons rather than the height. Lovely grounds. Staff in the café by the castle friendly. It was just warm enough to sit outside in the court yard. An enjoyable 3 hours. I would imagine the grounds are spectacular in the summer but also crowded.
Written 12 March 2024
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Michelle
Jensen Beach, FL61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We took the train to Corkand walked around a lot of the attractions are closed on Mondays. It the amazing man at the tourist office on St Patrick’s Street told us to talk the 215 bus to the. Blarney Castle we spent the whole day there.walked over 8 miles. The gardens are just stunning and in full bloom. The castle its self was beautiful although mostly in ruins you can see why it was hard to take the castle. I was the only one brave enough to kiss the Blarney Stone it was scary but had to do it. Good time of the year to go because most of the time in the gardens we barely saw a sole and no line for the Blarney Stone. Worth the €20 euros. If you want to do the caves there you need water proof boots it’s quite wet and you need to watch your head. Climbing up the stairs is a challenge steep and tiny steps in places especially near the top but so worth the views. Watch out for the stunning sculptures around the grounds they pop up in places you don’t expect. Make sure you make your way to the Vietnamese garden I think this was my favorite space it was liking going to another place, just beautiful. Highly recommend and I would definitely go back in the winter l.
Written 27 February 2024
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Brian C
Oakland, TN340 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
I originally did not want to visit because I was afraid of how touristy it might be. I was pleasantly surprised at what a great visit we had though. One of the few castles where you actually get to go inside and see firsthand how tight a spiral staircase is, and how hard it would have been to run up one in armor during a battle. Staff was excellent and the whole area is very well maintained. Parking was a breeze as well. Highly recommended a stop.
Written 23 February 2024
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Giorgio B
Lund, Sweden845 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
I visited Blarney Castle 38 (!!!) years ago and that visit left me with lasting pleasant memories. Needless to say that, returning to Cork half a life later with my son, that was one of the first place I made a point of visiting with him. It sometimes happens that memories tend to add a gilded veneer with which reality struggles to keep up, but in this case, the castle and the surrounding gardens made - if anything - an even better impression on me than the previous time. An additional cherry is the legend of the Blarney Stone (more on this in the specific post).
Everything is spotless, and the various information boards - which I did not remember from so many year ago - provide excellent, if synthesised, knowledge of what life must have been like when the castle was in use.
The gardens are a joy to stroll around, and since we visited in January, I cannot imagine how luxurious they must look around May. A special curiosity is the "Poison garden", a delimited area with a broad collection of plants which can be toxic in a variety of ways. Extremely interesting and informative.
Written 11 February 2024
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