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Fast Facts

  • Location: Situated in Blarney Village, 8 km northwest of Cork city in the south of Ireland.
  • Best Time to Visit: May through September.
  • Preferred timings: 10.00 a.m. to 05.00 p.m.
  • Admission fee:
    Adult: €10.00
    Student/Seniors: €8.00
    Children (8-14 years): €3.50
    Family (2 Adults, 2 Children): €23.50
    Notes: Students must be accompanied by tour leaders. Guide books are available in English, French and German.
  • How to reach:
    Air:
    The nearest airport is Cork Airport (ORK), located 8 km south of Cork City. The airport serves flights to more than 40 destinations in Ireland, UK, and other European destinations. From airport, follow the signs to reach City Centre.
    From City Centre:
    Follow the signs for Limerick (N20). After traveling about 7 km, take left exit to reach Blarney.
  • Nearest Airport: Cork Airport (ORK)
Have you ever wondered how far can one go for a Kiss? Yes, don't get surprised with the word 'Kiss', as a huge number of tourists from all the parts of the world head towards the Republic of Ireland just for a kiss! Believe it or not, Blarney Castle has made it true! They say, you kiss the Blarney Stone, and you will be empowered with eloquence and never again be at a loss of words in your life. And the place where Blarney Stone has been laid is the Blarney Castle.

Blarney Castle is one of the most popular castles in Europe located in Blarney, near Cork, Ireland. Once a medieval stronghold and currently a partial ruin with some accessible rooms and battlements, Blarney Castle, though originally dates before AD 1200, was destroyed in 1446 and again was rebuilt by the King of Munster — Cormac MacCarthy. The top of the castle has got the Stone of Eloquence, popularly known as the 'Blarney Stone' which has made this castle one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world.



Though kissing the Blarney Stone is the biggest attraction of the Blarney Castle, yet the visitors have many other things to see while they visit Blarney Castle. The Blarney Castle is set up amidst beautiful and extensive gardens. The signs pointing out various attractions along the path are quite helpful for the tourists. The other attractions of Blarney Castle include the Castle itself, Rock Close, Badgers Cave, The Court, The Dungeon, The Witch Stone, The Estate, Gardens and Flowers, The Battlements View, Witch's Kitchen, The North Wall and The Lake.

The Castle

The biggest highlight of the Castle is its architecture. The inward slopes of the castle walls make it a wonderful thing to see as it may appear even higher than it actually is. And you must make it a note to watch the castle from different angles, as from one angle the castle may look like warlike, while from another, it may look just miraculous.

Kissing the Blarney Stone

The biggest attraction of the Blarney Castle and the reason the Blarney Castle is known world-wide for is Kissing the Blarney Stone. Blarney Stone is a stone that is placed on the top of the castle. It is believed that a kiss to the Blarney Stone could come as a gift of eloquence. Visitors have to hang upside-down over a sheer drop in order to kiss the stone. Photographs are also taken to capture the memorable moments. Since the last 200 years, a number of visitors including Sir Walter Scott, a host of American Presidents, numerous world leaders, world statesmen, legends and millions of tourists paid a visit here to make this place world-famous.

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday

May & September: 09.00 a.m. to 06.30 p.m.
June through August: 09.00 a.m. to 07.00 p.m.
October through April: 09.00 a.m. to sundown

Sundays

Summer: 09.00 a.m. to 05.30 p.m.
Winter: 09.00 a.m. to sundown

Sundays

Closed: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Last Admission: 30 minutes before closing.

The Gardens and Lakeland Walk:

April to September — Monday to Saturday: 10.00 a.m. to 04.00 p.m.

Blarney House:

April to mid June — Monday to Saturday: 10.00 a.m. to 02.00 p.m.

To experience the sublime beauty of the Blarney Castle and see the kissing the stone activity, click on the following links:

http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=i7G8fA29BHc: This video has a wonderful slideshow that beautifully capture the spectacular beauty of the Blarney Castle. Enjoy!

http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=i7G8fA29BHc: To view some great pictures of the Blarney Castle, click on this link.

http://www.travelblog.org/Europe/Ireland/County-Cork/Blarney/blog-347197.html: For an informative and interesting traveler's account of a visit to the Blarney Castle, watch this video!


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