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Blarney Castle

Blarney is a village in County Cork.

Get in[edit]

You can go there on buses from Cork or take the Blarney sightseeing bus from the bus station in Cork. There are Taxi ranks located at tne train station, Airport and throughout the city.

By sightseeing tour from Dublin[edit]

Several Dublin based tour operators such as Kennedy & Carr Travel [2] offer daily tours from Dublin city to Blarney Castle, often including other areas of interest along the way such as Cork and Cobh- Titanic's last port of call. Typically tours depart around 08:30 in the morning. Tickets generally cost around €50. For many travellers such tours can provide the independence they want with the structure and local insight that makes for a relaxing tour. Such operators also offer private hire services upon request both from Dublin and from Cork.

Get around[edit]

Blarney is a relatively small town and does not necessarily require any use of vehicles; in fact, it is highly recommended that all visitors walk rather than drive as the roads are already narrow and can be easily congested by incoming tourist buses/cars. Furthermore, walking would also allow visitors to visit the town's many shops hassle-free.

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  • Blarney Castle [3], is an old ruin famous for the Blarney stone that supposedly gives the gift of eloquence to all those who kiss it. You have to bend over backwards on the top of the castle to kiss it. It is all very touristy, you can even buy a certificate to prove you kissed the stone. But the surroundings are really nice. Admission to the castle and gardens is €18/14/8 for adults/seniors/children.

It is situated just on the periphery of Blarney village which is a few miles outside Cork City.Though it's believed a settlement was established here as early as the 10th Century, the castle was built around 1446 for the MacCarthy Chieftains of Munster. The MacCarthys had influence over Blarney and Munster throughout the many centuries of Anglo-Irish conflict until the defeat of the old Irish nobles by the forces of King William of Orange at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. At this point, the Lord of Blarney was exiled and the castle was abandoned.

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Outside of the castle walls, the surrounding gardens are particularly beautiful. The castle sits on 60 acres of parklands, including six different garden exhibits.

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There are plenty of tourist shops in the village of Blarney, which sell souvenirs. For grocery shopping there is a local Super Valu. There is also a Post Office, which sells postcards and souvenirs as well as stamps!

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Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Blarney Village has a few pubs.

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  • Blarney Caravan Park is about 2km up a lovely country road from Blarney. The walk between the bus station and the park is an absolute killer but well worth it for the price (about 9 euro per night for a campsite). Full amentities were included.
  • Blarney Vale B&B (Blarney Vale), Sheanlower (5 minutes walk from Blarney Castle), 021 4381511, [1]. checkin: 3.00; checkout: 11.00. Blarney Vale is ideally located 5 minutes walk from Blarney Castle. Blarney Woolen Mills is 3 minute walk. (51.932598,-8.557991) edit

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