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Blarney Castle & Gardens Tours

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Blarney Castle & Gardens
The famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle & Gardens is officially called the Stone of Eloquence, with a legend that states if you kiss the stone, you will never be at a loss for words. People travel from all over the world to kiss this mystical stone, which can only be done by hanging upside down over a sheer drop from the castle's tower. In addition to the draw of the stone, the 600-year-old fortress also boasts an array of handsome gardens and several interesting rock formations known collectively as Rock Close and given whimsical names such as Wishing Steps and Witch's Cave. Take your turn to kiss the stone, but don't leave the castle without exploring the grounds a bit too.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Address: Blarney, County Cork, Ireland
Hours: Daily: 9am–sunset
Admission: Adults: € 10
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Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin

Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin

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Enhance your experience of Ireland with a full-day excursion to three of the country’s top attractions. From the comfort of a luxury coach, travel through the Irish countryside to visit Blarney Castle, famed for the enchanting Blarney Stone, which grants those who kiss it the gift of gab. See, too, Cahir Castle and the Rock of Cashel Cathedral and gain insight into the region’s rich heritage from your guide.
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Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City

Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City

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Explore hidden gems and popular attractions around County Cork on this Blarney day tour from Dublin. Travel deep into the Golden Vale of County Cork with your guide and soak up some free time in Cork to explore at your leisure, before exploring the famous Rock of Cashel. Then, visit Blarney Castle and follow in time-honored tradition by kissing the Blarney Stone. Top off the trip with tax-free shopping in the Woollen Mills before returning to Dublin.
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3-Day Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher Rail Tour

3-Day Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher Rail Tour

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Discover the natural and cultural highlights of Ireland on an unforgettable 3-day tour to Cork, the Ring of Kerry, and the Cliffs of Moher from Dublin. Relish the romance of traveling by train and coach through the stunning natural scenery of Ireland as you visit iconic attractions like Blarney Castle and the UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher. Delve into the rich culture of Cork on a city tour; enjoy spectacular coastal vistas as you travel along the Ring of Kerry; and enjoy traditional Irish hospitality during overnight stays in Killarney.     
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2-Day Cork, Blarney Castle and Ring of Kerry Rail Trip from Dublin

2-Day Cork, Blarney Castle and Ring of Kerry Rail Trip from Dublin

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Enhance your experience of Ireland’s stunning coastal scenery on a relaxed 2-day trip to Cork and the Ring of Kerry from Dublin. Travel through Ireland’s beautiful countryside and visit iconic attractions like Blarney Castle, home to the famous Blarney Stone, and the gorgeous Dingle Bay. Enjoy an overnight stay in the convivial town of Killarney; revitalize with a fulfilling full Irish breakfast; and learn about the rich culture and history of the region from a professional guide.   
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6-Day All Ireland Tour from Dublin

6-Day All Ireland Tour from Dublin

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Visit some of Ireland’s most popular attractions during this 6-day tour from Dublin. Choose from three different lodging options, and have your accommodations and transport taken care of for five nights and six days. Pass the Peace Wall in Belfast, visit Giant’s Causeway, and kiss the Blarney Stone in Cork. Travel along the Ring of Kerry, and see the Cliffs of Moher, and the Dark Hedges, made famous by 'Game of Thrones.'
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2-Day Cork and Blarney Castle Rail Tour from Dublin

2-Day Cork and Blarney Castle Rail Tour from Dublin

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Journey from Dublin on a two-day rail and coach tour through Irish countryside and Ireland's Ancient East en route to some of the country’s most beloved attractions. You’ll visit Blarney Castle and its very kissable Blarney Stone as well as Queenstown Story Heritage Center at Cobh’s Victoria Station, where generations of Ireland emigrants set off for new lands. This getaway excursion includes an overnight stay at a four-start lodging. It also features a city tour of Cork with a trip to its English Market, an 18th-century covered food market that’s easily one of the country’s best.
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Cork and Blarney Castle Rail Tour from Dublin

Cork and Blarney Castle Rail Tour from Dublin

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Take a Dublin rail tour to Blarney Castle, the medieval stronghold of southern Ireland. On this historical and cultural day trip, you’ll course through Ireland by train and coach, enjoying views of the lush countryside on your way to tour the castle grounds and plant a kiss on the Blarney Stone. Then take a city tour of Cork and visit the Queenstown Story Heritage Center in Cobh, Ireland’s largest emigration port.
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5-Day Escape to the South West Small-Group Tour from Dublin

5-Day Escape to the South West Small-Group Tour from Dublin

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Ireland’s dramatic west coast can be difficult for visitors to navigate, but this 5-day tour from Dublin makes it easy to see the country’s spectacular Atlantic scenery, from the Cliffs of Moher and Dingle Peninsula to Killarney’s Ring of Kerry. Along the way, tour a renowned whiskey distillery, pop into authentic Irish pubs, and kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Hotel stays and all other details are arranged for a stress-free adventure with a small group of fellow travelers.
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4-Day Cork, Ring of Kerry, Dingle, Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay Rail Tour

4-Day Cork, Ring of Kerry, Dingle, Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay Rail Tour

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Spend four days exploring southwest Ireland, with visits to the Blarney Stone, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle and more, on this rail and coach tour from Dublin. Travel by rail to Cork city, and visit Blarney Castle to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone. Continue by train to Killarney for a 3-night stay, and trace the scenic ring of Dingle and stunning Ring of Kerry by coach. Then, visit the epic Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay before returning to Dublin. B&B accommodation with breakfast and all rail and coach transport are included (unless hotel upgrade for extra cost is selected).
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4-Day Ring of Kerry, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway and Connemara Rail Tour

4-Day Ring of Kerry, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway and Connemara Rail Tour

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Enjoy Ireland’s spectacular southern and western coastlines on this 4-day rail and coach tour from Dublin. Visit highlights including Cork city, the Blarney Stone and Limerick; and take coach trips around the beautiful Ring of Kerry and Galway Bay, and to the epic Cliffs of Moher and Connemara. See wild beaches and fjord-like bays; visit pretty villages and castles, and absorb Ireland’s traditional rural charms en route. Three nights’ accommodation in Killarney, plus daily breakfasts, and all rail travel and coach trips are included.
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6-Day South of Ireland Tour from Dublin

6-Day South of Ireland Tour from Dublin

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Journey across Southern Ireland on this 6-day tour that lets you choose from three accommodation options. This tour provides you with accommodations and transport for five nights and six days. Some of the stops along the way include Adare, Inch Beach, the Dingle Peninsula, Cork, Cobh, Cong, and Killarney. Travel around the Ring of Kerry, see Blarney Castle and Bunratty Castle, and make a visit to the Cliffs of Moher. Go to the Guinness Storehouse brewery, and down a pint of beer, and take pictures at the 13th-century Corcomroe Abbey.
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9-Day All Ireland Tour from Dublin

9-Day All Ireland Tour from Dublin

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Immerse yourself in the rich culture and visual wonders of Ireland on an enriching 9-day tour from Dublin. Alongside a hospitable guide, explore the magical kingdom of Kerry, home to the staggering 750-foot (228-meter) Cliffs of Moher, and capture the wild spirit of the rural Connemara region. See historical monuments in Derry; gaze at the mystifying rock sculptures at Giant’s Causeway; and gain fascinating insight into the rich culture and history of Ireland from your knowledgeable guide. Spend eight nights in comfortable accommodation and enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast every day.
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3-Day Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula Rail Tour

3-Day Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula Rail Tour

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See the highlights of southwest Ireland on a 3-day Cork City, Ring of Kerry, and Dingle Peninsula tour from Dublin. Travel by train to Cork, and visit the Cobh Heritage Centre and Blarney Castle, home to the Blarney Stone—said to bless you with eloquence. Continue by rail to spend two nights in pretty Killarney, and admire the stunning scenery of the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula by coach before returning by rail to Dublin. All coach and rail transport and two nights’ accommodation in Killarney are included.
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Private 7 Day Customized Luxury Chauffeur Tour Of The South West Ireland

Private 7 Day Customized Luxury Chauffeur Tour Of The South West Ireland

Private Chauffeur tour from Dublin / Shannon / Limerick Multiple choices of where to start and end your tour. Flexible touring hours each day. Private Chauffeur Car Air-conditioned Black Mercedes Benz E220 with black leather... First Aid Kit Fire extinguisher Safety kit Android Phone Charger Provided During Your Journey iPhone Charger Provided During Your Journey 2 passengers max. Number of passengers to be confirmed at time of booking. Pick-Up and Drop-Off address required at time of booking
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The Grand Tour

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The Grand Tour is a slower paced tour allowing clients to visit more national landmarks as well as those truly magical places only you will get to see! For a whole week, our tour guide will be on hand to enable you to explore the magical parts of Ireland you have dreamt about. This tour is for 7 days and 6 nights, starting and finishing in Dublin city. Meet the locals, sample Irish cuisine and take part in a traditional Irish music session. This tour covers areas from the south-east to Cork and Kerry, before making its way north to the Burren region and the Cliffs of Moher and returning to Dublin via Athlone on the evening of last day. Staying in quaint country lodges, Bed and breakfasts and hotels, visitors are sure to experience true Irish hospitality as well as the charming scenery. Several rest stops include displays of traditional craftsmanship, historic lodgings, and monuments as well as a chance to meet local merchants and craft experts.
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13-Day Full Irish Experience Small-Group Tour from Dublin

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This is an extension of our 10 Day tour, combined with the amazing highlights of Northern Ireland. This is an epic trip that will truly take you beyond the guidebooks. This tour ensures you delve into every Irish myth. You will see all the beautiful coastlines, experience local pubs boisterous from noon until midnight to the wildest and remote parts of Ireland. So, join this full Giant Irish tour, while going further off the beaten track.
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10 Day Wild Irish Experience Small Group Tour From Dublin

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8 Day Wild Irish Experience Small Group Tour From Dublin

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Self-Drive of Ireland - The Greenway Tour

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Self-Drive of Ireland - The Coast to Coast Tour

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Self-Drive of Ireland - The Ancient East Tour

Self-Drive of Ireland - The Ancient East Tour

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Self-Drive of Ireland - The High Life Tour

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  • 8 days
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Self-Drive of Ireland - The Emerald Tour

Self-Drive of Ireland - The Emerald Tour

We promise that your 7-day Emerald Route self-drive tour of Ireland will bring you on an unforgettable journey, encapsulating and exploring Ireland with a diverse range of scenery, castles, adventure, history, heritage, culture and wildlife along the way. Enjoy some exciting experiences yet feel as though you’re gliding through the days at a smooth pace. This unique self-drive experience to Ireland is powered by our bespoke app. Paddy the Pocket Pilot has hours of information pre-loaded about Ireland’s most famous sites and off the beaten track locations. Learn Gaelic on the go and have 24/7 access to a professional guide via the app. The app connects to google maps with all your destinations pre-loaded so all you need to do is show up and drive! Passes for activities and experiences throughout the tour will be at your fingertips through the app. All the freedom of a self-drive road trip safe in the knowledge that Paddy the Pocket Pilot is on hand whenever you need him!
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5-Day Spectacular South and West Small-Group Tour of Ireland from Dublin

5-Day Spectacular South and West Small-Group Tour of Ireland from Dublin

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Discover the windswept landscapes and cultural charm of south and west Ireland on an enriching 5-day tour from Dublin. In a small-group, you’ll follow the rugged curve of Wild Atlantic Way, gaze at the UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher and kayak alongside dolphins in Dingle Bay. Capture the bohemian spirit of Galway and admire the dramatic features of the Ring of Kerry before battling the crashing waves of Lahinch. Four nights’ accommodation, round-trip transport from Dublin and select activities are included.   
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Blarney Castle & Gardens hours of operation?
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Blarney Castle & Gardens hours of operation: Daily: 9am–sunset. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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