Blarney Castle & Gardens, Cork

#1 of 271 in Historic Sites in Province of Munster
Must see · Castle · Historic Site
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.
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  • I like these gardens and there is a lot to see. Blarney Castle looms large and it is impressive but nearly everyone goes there to kiss the blarney stone not the castle but there is much more to see...  more »
  • The castle itself is nothing special, but the gardens are extraordinary. If there are a lot of people, skip the castle and by all means the ridiculous blarney stone and enjoy the very inventive and...  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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