Historic Blarney Castle is most famous for its stone, which legend tells has the power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it

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 Daily Year Round

March, April, & October: Monday to Saturday 09:00-18:00
May & September: Monday to Saturday 09:00-18:30
June to August: Monday to Saturday 09:00-19:00
November to February: Monday to Saturday 09:00-17:00

Sundays & Bank Holidays
March to October: 09:00 – 18:00
November to February: 09:00 – 17:00

Last admission: 60 minutes before closing
Visit duration: approx. 2 – 3 hours
Closed: December 24 and 25


Admission Prices 2020:

Adult: €18.00
Senior (aged 65+): €14.00
Student (with valid ID): €14.00
Child (aged 8-16): €8.00
Child (under 8): Free
Family (2 adults & 2 children): €45.00

Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility, and other useful information.

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.


  • TripAdvisor “Travellers Choice” Award 2013
  • CIE Awards of Excellence 2011 to 2014
Getting There

Blarney Castle is located 8km from Cork City, in the centre of Blarney Village.

Map Location: 51.929116, -8.570714
Contact Blarney Castle and Gardens

Blarney, Co. Cork, Ireland

Eircode: T23 Y598
T: +353 (0)21 438 5252
E: info@blarneycastle.ie
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