Blarney Castle & Gardens, Cork

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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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  • We drove from Limerick as it was on my bucket list to kiss the Blarney Stone. There were many people already at the Castle when we got there and more coaches still arriving! We hot footed it straight....  more
    We drove from Limerick as it was on my bucket list to kiss the Blarney Stone. There were many people already at the Castle when we got there and more coaches still arriving! We hot footed it straight....  more »
  • We visited the castle and gardens yesterday. We took the 215 bus from Cork, which takes you a short walk to the castle entrance. We made our way to the castle and stone first. There is a tight... 
    We visited the castle and gardens yesterday. We took the 215 bus from Cork, which takes you a short walk to the castle entrance. We made our way to the castle and stone first. There is a tight...  more »
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  • The gardens at Blarney castle are even more impressive than the castle and Blarney stone. The Jurassic fern garden is incredibly magical and shouldn't be missed. The poison garden is very informative. The lime kiln and ice house are well documented, and quite interesting. The boardwalks are nice, but the stone features like the druid circle and witches stove inspire the imagination.
  • We were staying at the blarney woollen Mills Hotel so we had a wonderful walk in the garden which is across the road from the hotel. We enjoyed it very much

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