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.
Open Daily Year Round
April, May & September: Monday to Saturday 09:00-18:30
June to August: Monday to Saturday 09:00-19:00
October to April: Monday to Saturday 09:00-18:00 (or sundown)
Summer 9:00 – 18:00
Winter 09:00 – Sundown
Last admission: 60 minutes before closing
Visit duration: approx. 2 – 3 hours
Closed: December 24 and 25
Admission Prices 2018
Senior (aged 65+): €16.00
Student (with valid ID): €16.00
Child (aged 8-16): €8.00
Child (under 8): Free
Family (2 adults & 2 children): €45.00
LANGUAGES: 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.
SHOPPING: Several shops on-site selling souvenirs and Blarney Castle branded merchandise.
PARKING: Free car parking and coach parking on-site.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: The Castle is partially wheelchair accessible.
GUIDED TOURS: Guided tours available on request.
ACCOLADES & AWARDS:
Blarney Castle is located 8km from Cork City, in the centre of Blarney Village.
Blarney, Co. Cork, Ireland
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