If your enquiry is of a general nature, the team here at Heritage Island will respond to you directly. If it is more appropriate for the attraction(s) to respond to you directly, we will request them to do so.
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
April, May & September
Monday - Saturday 09:00 - 18:30
June - August
Monday - Saturday 09:00 - 19:00
October - April
Monday - Saturday 09:00 - 18:00 (or sundown)
Summer 9:00 - 18:00
Winter 09:00 - Sundown
Closed: December 24 and 25
Last admission: 30 minutes 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.
Free car parking and coach parking on-site.
The Castle is partially wheelchair accessible.
Guided tours available on request.
ACCOLADES & AWARDS
- TripAdvisor "Travellers Choice" Award 2013
- CIE Awards of Excellence 2011 to 2014
Blarney Castle is located 8km from Cork City, in the centre of Blarney Village.Blarney Castle and Gardens Nearby Attractions