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Blarney Castle & Gardens

Blarney Castle & Gardens

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2,730 Reviews
Daily: 9am–sunset
Monacnapa, Blarney, County Cork

The Basics

Rail and bus tours that showcase the best of the Irish western and southern coasts—including the Ring of Kerry scenic drive, the Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay, and the Burren—often includes a stop at Blarney Castle. Find an itinerary to suit your interests, and choose one with a tour guide to learn about the history of the castle and the stone. Make the most of your time with combination tours to other sites such as the Rock of Cashel, the Celtic Cathedral, the Hall of Vicars, the Galtee Mountains, and County Kildare.

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Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
$77.56 per adult
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Very interesting
The Blarney Castle was awesome. We enjoyed Cahir Castle and the tour there. The driver was very knowledgeable and enjoyed hearing the history.
susan_b, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Dublin

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Great way to spend a day out of the city.
Richard_H, Jul 2021
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Great itinerary if you only have a day to get out of Dublin. The driver was great, very funny, personable and knowledgeable. Plenty of opportunities to stop, eat and walk around. Given COVID restriction we still got a lot out of our tour. Will take one of their other tours next time we are in Dublin.
star-5
Great day of castles/gardens
Laura_S, Sep 2021
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
A really well organised trip with a mixture of a self guided look round (rock of cashel), plenty of time to explore (blarney castle) and a short guided tour (cahir). I was surprised that the blarney stone was ‘open’, and I decided not to participate, but it was well worth walking up to the top of the castle to see it and enjoy the spectacular views. The castle gardens were another highlight - so varied and fun to explore. Barry was an entertaining and informative guide.
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Amazing Castles
CYNTHIA_R, Sep 2021
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
It was very good! The castle was amazing and the guide gave us very useful tips to cover the most important stuff! The time in cork was short but very enjoyable as well !
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Cashel & Blarney
Jackie_W, Sep 2021
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Barry was an excellent guide. He shared stories along the way and provided information on each stop. We were given plenty of time to explore each attraction and breaks were planned out in timely fashions. I would highly recommend this tour for families.
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No Barney here!
Neil_D, Sep 2021
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Barry was a very good tour guide. He didn't bring the perfect weather, but was very informative. We were allowed a good amount of time at all the sites.
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Great tour!
bouchardrob, Jan 2020
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
The driver, Jerry, was awesome. The bus was clean and comfortable. Cork is a cool city. I would definitely recommend this tour.
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3 amazing Castles in 1 day
Linda_L, Sep 2021
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Saw 3 amazing Castles in 1 day. Phil was an excellent tour guide. He gave us so much information. Well worth it!
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Excellent guide and tour!
Curiosity65434083569, Dec 2019
Cobh (Cork) to Blarney Castle & Kinsale - Shore Excursion
Full day tour and it was not rushed. Had time for lunch in the lovely little town of Kinsale! Castle was good to see, but very long line to enter, so we chose not to do so. Instead walked the grounds and viewed other points of interest. Very good choice for seeing some of the Irish countryside.
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Blarney Castle Tour from Cork including Cobh
Departure656015, Nov 2019
Blarney Castle Tour from Cork including Cobh
Run by locals. Got us there just before the crowds. The grounds of Blarney Castle are beautiful. Loved the walk out to the lake. Trip to Cobh also interesting and very scenic.
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Blarney Castle
C W, Nov 2019
Cobh (Cork) to Blarney Castle Half Day Shore Tour
It was a beautiful day to visit & our driver was very knowledgeable. The walk up the stairs to the Blarney stone was challenging if you are not in fairly good physical condition.
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smithonshadylane, Nov 2019
2-Day Cork, Blarney Castle and Ring of Kerry Rail Trip from Dublin
We had a great time due to our driver/guide Ray. We saw everything we expected to see and more, always with a through explanation. We had some rain, but that didn’t stop us. The B&B was in a good location and very nice.
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Great tour
Joe333666, Oct 2019
Cork and Blarney Castle Rail Tour from Dublin
It was so much fum going by train and not stuck in a bus...the tour guide was great. He made sure we knew what we were doing, when to meet , helped us get taxis at end of day...he was great Spending time at the Blarney castle then cork then Cove we felt that we accomplished alot and learned alot.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Come prepared with layers for Ireland's famously unpredictable weather.

  • Prepare to wait in line if you’d like to kiss the stone.

  • Stone kissing is best suited for those who are able-bodied, as the line winds up steep staircases to the castle’s top.

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How to Get to Blarney Castle

Located only 6 miles (10 km) northwest of the city of Cork, the Blarney Castle & Gardens are easy to reach on a simple afternoon trip from the city. The castle is also often experienced as a stop on a trip from Dublin to Cork, or vice versa. Blarney is 385 miles (620 km) from Dublin.

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When to Get There

The castle is open daily from 9am to sunset; as with most popular attractions, it’s best to get there early to beat the crowds. Although chilly, Christmas time is lovely at the castle, which is sumptuously decorated for the season.

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Exploring Cork City

A Cork day trip often includes time in the city as well as a visit to Blarney Castle. Stroll down St. Patrick Street and stop for lunch at the English Market, which hosted a visit from Queen Elizabeth II of England in 2011, or do some tax-free souvenir shopping at Blarney Woollen Mill. The Irish countryside throughout County Cork is picturesque and makes for a lovely drive.

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