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The word ‘Blarney’ was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as ‘pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending’. The stone is set in the wall below the battlements and, to kiss it, one has to lean backwards - grasping an iron railing - from the parapet walk.
In the grounds of the castle the Rock Close and its surroundings is a fascinating place of ancient trees and far more ancient stones which is believed to be a garden of druidic origin and a centre of worship in pre-Christian days. The place has an aura of magic and mystique with Wishing Steps, Witch's Kitchen, Druid's Cave and many other delights telling a story of centuries past.
Blarney Castle, set in acres of parkland filled with rare and unusual trees and plants, offers visitors the chance to stroll in one of the country's most spectacular gardens.
- The chance to kiss the world-famous Blarney Stone
- Historic Blarney Castle - magical and warlike all at once
- The new ‘Poison Garden’ where toxic plants are kept in cage-like structures
- The Fern Garden & Ice house, a Victorian version of a modern refrigerator!
- Rock Close, a centre of worship filled with ancient trees and stones
- Blarney Lake
Open Year Round
Monday to Saturday
Jan - Feb & Nov - Dec
09.00 to 17.00
Mar - Apr & Oct
09.00 to 18.00
May & Sept
09.00 to 18.30
June - Aug
09.00 to 19.00
Sundays & Bank Holidays
Nov - Feb
09.00 to 17.00
Mar - Oct
09.00 to 18.00
*Last admission – 1 hour before closing
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Blarney, Co. Cork
T: +353 (0) 21 438 5252
Closed: Closed on the 24th and 25th of December. On the 26th December 2019 and 1st of January 2020, we will be opening at 10.00 rather than 9.00.
Last admission: 1hr before closing
Approx. visit duration: 2 - 3 hours
See www.blarneycastle.ie for admission details.
Other Useful Information
Free leaflets and site-map available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin. Audio guides available in English (fee applies).
DINING / REFRESHMENTS
Cafe and take-away snack hut.
Several shops on-site selling souvenirs and Blarney Castle branded merchandise.
Car parking (paid) and coach parking on-site.
Castle is not wheelchair accessible but the Gardens are partially accessible
Guided tours available on request.
ACCOLADES & AWARDS
- TripAdvisor "Travellers Choice" Award 2013
- CIE Awards of Excellence 2011 to 2014
- CIE Award of excellence 2018
- TripAdvisor – Certificate of Excellence 2018
Blarney Castle is located 8km from Cork City, in the centre of Blarney Village.Blarney Castle and Gardens Nearby Attractions
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