Blarney Castle & Gardens
Blarney Castle & Gardens
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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  • Suzanne M
    Helena, Montana65 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 Kingdom20 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, Montana85 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 States12 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, Connecticut320 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
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    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
  • Neville P
    Ajax, Canada279 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    GREAT GARDENS
    My wife said we didn't need to kiss the stone since I had more than enough of the gift of the gab for both of us. While she toured the castle I toured preferred the gardens and they are magnificent! Many different garden habitats, spread out over a large area, provide endless discovery and interest for the gardening enthusiast.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 15 June 2023
  • lolly19692017
    Millbury, Massachusetts244 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see on your trip to Dublin!
    No trip to Dublin is without a trip to the Blarney castle and Blarney Stone. This is must do! The blarney castle is beautiful. You can also see the blarney house. The grounds are breathtakingly beautiful. And of course your trip to the blarney castle would not be complete without kissing the Blarney Stone. I must say I was petrified climbing the over 100 narrow steps to reach the top of the castle to kiss the stone. Once you start the climb up, there is no turning around because there are people literally at the back of your feet. There are workers at the Blarney Stone that hold your legs as you bend your head backwards to try to find the stone and kiss it. They do have sanitizing spray. I highly recommend a visit to the castle and Blarney Stone. This is one of the better castles in Ireland in my opinion.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 June 2023
  • Steve M
    New Baltimore, Michigan53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get There Early Before the Tour Buses
    A very nice place to visit. Grounds and castle are well kept and pleasurable to walk around. Learn quite a bit about the history of the castle and the kissing of the blarney stone tradition. To kiss the blarney stone it is about a four story climb/trek up to the top on the old stair ways. Some areas go up in a circle and the steps can be narrow and uneven in places. Can exit out of the line to explore various rooms along the way. They take your picture at the top which can be purchased at the bottom. NOTE: advise you get to the site right when they open AND head straight for the castle before all the tour buses arrive. We got there about 1/2 hour after they opened and when the tour buses started to arrive and had about a thirty (30) minute wait to the blarney stone.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 19 June 2023
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alnmchcol
Saskatoon, Canada16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
It far exceeded expectations. Almost didn’t go due to Rick Steeves book. He was wrong in this one. Best exploration of a castle that we had. The gardens were amazing. Absolutely worth it.
Written 19 May 2024
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eiluvtravel
Teddington, UK116 contributions
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May 2024 • Friends
Wish we had allowed more time for our visit. I would recommend a full day at the castle and village. The grounds are beautiful with lots of themed gardens, with plant info and stories. We only had a couple of hours so did not have time to join the 90 minute queue to enter the castle to kiss the Blarney stone. Don't know if it is always this bad, we were told it was because cruise ships in Cork.
The bus from Cork also very crowded with cruise passengers. Might have been easier later in the day. The buses tried hard to run to timetable but large crowds at bus stops slow it down. You can help by having the correct fare (€2.20 each way). Cash only.
Written 18 May 2024
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abes
Iowa City, IA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Fantastically interesting.
We would do it again
Crowds are easy going.
Bring hand sanitizer for when you're done with the climb
Written 17 May 2024
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kbphotography85
Bozeman, MT443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The gardens are really pretty and the castle looks big but is small getting into so my mom and brother walked the grounds while I went to kiss the Blarney Stone. It was interesting watching other people try to kiss it. A must-do if you're visiting Ireland.
Written 16 May 2024
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tms215
Philadelphia, PA623 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Very pretty grounds, It gets packed so go early on a weekday. I am a germaphobe, hate heights, and tight places. This offered all of my phobias rolled into one. If you are a large human being, you won't make it through one doorway going up. Tight winding staircase with tine steps. You have to grip a rope on the way up to climb the stairs. Once on top, it is open air and windy. Hissing the rock? YOU HAVE TO! Of course I bathed in Purell when I got back outside. Scared the crap out of me and worth every minute
Written 15 May 2024
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Laura L
Stafford Springs, CT268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Beautiful grounds and gardens with gorgeous views. We took the time to go to the top of the castle but did *not* kiss the Blarney Stone (you have to hang out over the edge and be at least a little flexible). The staircase is *very* steep and narrow so if you have trouble getting around or are claustrophobic you may want to skip it. The views from the top are amazing though and worth the hike up.
Written 13 May 2024
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Linda B
Sanibel Island, FL237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The castle and gardens didn’t disappoint! It was one of the highlights of our trip. We are in our late 70’s and climbed to the top of the castle without issue. The view from the top was amazing. We went in some nooks and crannies that were incredibly interesting and were amazed at how this was built. The gardens were spectacular. Not everything was in bloom but the landscape was still ablaze with color. Stop by the Seven Sisters stones and find out why two of the stones are on their side. It is great for families and a must do if in that part of Ireland. Don’t forget to kiss the Blarney Stone while you are there.
Written 2 May 2024
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ven_of_attre
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The grounds of Blarney Castle alone are gorgeous. So many different plants, trees, and flowers, all perfectly maintained. The poison garden was a fascinating bit as well. The castle itself was brilliant. It's in decent condition for such an old castle, and there were many little panels explaining what each room was for. The stairs were narrow and winding, just as they were back then, and while that's not great for those who are claustrophobic it certainly kept it authentic. Up top, alongside some breathtaking views, was the Blarney Stone. There was a sizable line, even early in the morning, but the attendants were fastidious in keeping it sanitised between each person who kissed it. Does it give you the gift of the gab? No idea. I didn't kiss it; I'm a fighter, not a talker, so naturally I gave it a slap instead. I am yet to find out what effect that will have on my fighting skills. Will update once I know.
Written 17 April 2024
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Erina
California304 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We didn't know what to expect when we got to Blarney Castle, but we were excited nonetheless. I was hoping that we didn't have to wait in line too long to get to the top. We've heard stories and watched videos of endless lines that people have turned away at the sight of it. But, when we got to Blarney Castle it wasn't crowded at all. It was earlier in the day and we narrowly missed the tour bus that just pulled up. We got to the end of the line which was about 30 feet from the Castle entrance. It wasn't bad since I've seen videos of the lines literally wrapped around the corners, outside of the castle, with sign postings of how long the wait was" from this point." As you walk in the castle, you get to feel what it was like back in the day inside an actual castle that's not turned into a hotel. Some areas of the line can get tight so be aware of that. As you go up the stairs, you see different rooms and corridors that you can walk into. (There are videos of it on YT from other travelers). As you get close to the top, the spaces and the stairs get tighter, might get claustrophobic for some. Just take deep breaths and realize you will be moving sooner than later. As you get to the top of the castle, you can look out over the horizon and see the grounds. You can really feel how massive the area is, just don't look down. When you get close to the blarney stone, organize yourself and decide who will take a photo of you and vice versa. The guides move you rather quickly so be prepared. One person in line ahead of us took her time and she was greeted with harsh words and they told her to wait. They let a few others kiss the stone before letting her kiss the stone. Remember, they want the line to keep moving so BE READY. Again, organize withing your group who will take the pictures of you kissing the stone etc...they also take pictures of you for a price. But, do it yourself and be quick about it. After the castle, we toured the grounds, its massive like I said. Take your time walking the grounds and you won't be disappointed. There's a cafe nearby where you can grab a bite to eat and buy souvenirs. There's also a souvenir shop in the castle while you're waiting in line but you feel rushed because the line is moving. Overall, it was a fantastic place and will do it again.
Written 17 April 2024
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shabaron
Rockville, MD137 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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