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Blarney Castle & Gardens

Blarney Castle & Gardens

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2,615 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

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Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
$79.34 per adult
Good Job Aiden
Aiden did a great job. Very funny and informative without talking too much. Great advice and we enjoyed Cork.
Greg_M, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Dublin

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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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Gift of Gab!
Andrew_D, Mar 2020
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
The Blaney castle is a wonderful experience. To learn about it's history , to walk the grounds, and to kiss the Blarney Stone was collectively awesome!
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Rainy day in blarney
Ann, Mar 2020
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
A bit of a climb to the Blarney Stone for those not very fit but worth the experience. Lovely gardens to see unfortunately was raining on our visit so ended up in gift shops and cafe for baileys hot chocolate, delicious but overall well worth the trip
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Nice time at Blarney Castle
Aaron_G, Mar 2020
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Tour of Blarney Castle and Rock of Cashel we’re great. The weather was cold and rainy but that’s all part of it. The tour of Cork city was a little dry and I would’ve rather foregone that to have more time at Blarney Castle since that seemed a little rushed. Liam the driver was great. All in all it was a good tour and I’d do it again.
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A perfect “kiss” of Ireland!!
James, Mar 2020
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Excellent tour! Guide was prompt for pick-up. Very informative. Adequate stopping points for restrooms and coffee breaks. The scenery was beautiful!!
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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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Good day trip, only one thing , very cold and windy day with some snow. Very difficult to get on top of castle.
Svetlana_V, Feb 2020
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Really enjoy day tour, Rock of Cashel and Blearned Castle. Lots of history, very educational trip . We are like our tour guide/bus driver , knowledgeable.
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Tn traveler
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.
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Act of God
kenneth_s, Feb 2020
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Rob our tour guide was great. He maximised the time to pack in as much as possible. And when the weather had forced the closure of 2 sites, he came up with an alternative option which worked out nicely.
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Heavenly experience
Elby P, Oct 2019
Cork and Blarney Castle Rail Tour from Dublin
Excellent excursion. Tour guide Bob was fabulous. We never felt rushed. I highly recommend it. Way better than the last time I went to the Cliffs of Moher.
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Blarney Tour
Carlos_R, Feb 2020
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Richard was awesome. Knew his history, knew the areas and gave tips to maximize our experience. He gave suggestions to make our time in Cork enjoyable and made it easy to find the best spots at every stop.

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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