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Blarney Castle & Gardens
Blarney Castle & Gardens

Blarney Castle & Gardens

Daily: 9am–sunset
Monacnapa, Blarney, County Cork

The Basics

Rail and bus tours that showcase the best of the Irish western and southern coasts—including the Ring of Kerry scenic drive, the Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay, and the Burren—often includes a stop at Blarney Castle. Find an itinerary to suit your interests, and choose one with a tour guide to learn about the history of the castle and the stone. Make the most of your time with combination tours to other sites such as the Rock of Cashel, the Celtic Cathedral, the Hall of Vicars, the Galtee Mountains, and County Kildare.

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Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
$76.72 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Blarney Castle-don’t miss it!
Great trip-beautiful grounds, awesome guide-be sure to kiss the stone- well worth the time and money!
Dave_S, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Dublin

star-5
Great way to spend a day out of the city.
Richard_H, Jul 2021
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Great itinerary if you only have a day to get out of Dublin. The driver was great, very funny, personable and knowledgeable. Plenty of opportunities to stop, eat and walk around. Given COVID restriction we still got a lot out of our tour. Will take one of their other tours next time we are in Dublin.
star-5
Wonderful Experience
Rose_B, Oct 2021
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Paddy was a great driver, gave us plenty of time to see all the sites we wanted to see. I would definitely take another day trip like this in the future!
star-5
Amazing Castles
CYNTHIA_R, Sep 2021
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
It was very good! The castle was amazing and the guide gave us very useful tips to cover the most important stuff! The time in cork was short but very enjoyable as well !
star-5
Very interesting
susan_b, Sep 2021
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
The Blarney Castle was awesome. We enjoyed Cahir Castle and the tour there. The driver was very knowledgeable and enjoyed hearing the history.
star-5
Great day of castles/gardens
Laura_S, Sep 2021
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
A really well organised trip with a mixture of a self guided look round (rock of cashel), plenty of time to explore (blarney castle) and a short guided tour (cahir). I was surprised that the blarney stone was ‘open’, and I decided not to participate, but it was well worth walking up to the top of the castle to see it and enjoy the spectacular views. The castle gardens were another highlight - so varied and fun to explore. Barry was an entertaining and informative guide.
star-5
Great tour!
bouchardrob, Jan 2020
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
The driver, Jerry, was awesome. The bus was clean and comfortable. Cork is a cool city. I would definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
Cashel & Blarney
Jackie_W, Sep 2021
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Barry was an excellent guide. He shared stories along the way and provided information on each stop. We were given plenty of time to explore each attraction and breaks were planned out in timely fashions. I would highly recommend this tour for families.
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It was a well run tour - very...
Colleen S, Aug 2012
3-Day Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher Rail Tour
It was a well run tour - very pleased with everything from the tour guides - Bob B.,Eilish,Dennis M., and Jim. The train,bus, and cab connections were spot on also. The B and B accommodation was fabulous - the owner Eugene was friendly, helpful, And very personable and his Irish breakfasts were yummy. Plus, his home was very neat and clean and comforatable!
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Excellent!!! The tour guide was...
Andrea C, Sep 2012
3-Day Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher Rail Tour
Excellent!!! The tour guide was awesome, the food, the landscape, irish people were very friendly, the buses where always clean, the B and B the chose very very nice!!! Would totally recommend it!!!!!
star-5
I loved it. Beautiful day. Grounds...
Vicki S, Sep 2011
Cork and Blarney Castle Rail Tour from Dublin
I loved it. Beautiful day. Grounds were beautiful. Rail system great, clean, and on time. I would recommend it to everyone! :) Vicki
star-5
Great trip. Edmund, the guide was...
kathleen w, Oct 2010
Cork and Blarney Castle Rail Tour from Dublin
Great trip. Edmund, the guide was wonderful and informative. The train was nice and clean and we had a car reserved for the group. Food and beverages available on the train. Only downside, not enough time at the Castle and nearby shops.
star-5
Unforgettable Trip around Cork, Cobh and Kinsale
John_S, Oct 2021
Full-Day Private Tour of Blarney Castle, Cork City and Kinsale
We have been to many countries and have had many private tours since we have been married. Maurice was by far the best tour guide we have ever had. He was timely picking us up, and extremely friendly and funny the entire tour. He knew everyone at every stop, which showed us his character and authenticity. Having Maurice be our guide allowed us flexibility and uniqueness in traveling around. Anything we preferred to see, he tailored our day to fit it in. His knowledge of Blarney, Cobh, and Kinsale was unmatched. Lastly, we felt very safe with him, as a driver and during a pandemic. At the end of the day he felt like an old friend. We even joked how we missed him already at dinner! Thank you, Maurice! Until we meet again.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Come prepared with layers for Ireland's famously unpredictable weather.

  • Prepare to wait in line if you’d like to kiss the stone.

  • Stone kissing is best suited for those who are able-bodied, as the line winds up steep staircases to the castle’s top.

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How to Get to Blarney Castle

Located only 6 miles (10 km) northwest of the city of Cork, the Blarney Castle & Gardens are easy to reach on a simple afternoon trip from the city. The castle is also often experienced as a stop on a trip from Dublin to Cork, or vice versa. Blarney is 385 miles (620 km) from Dublin.

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When to Get There

The castle is open daily from 9am to sunset; as with most popular attractions, it’s best to get there early to beat the crowds. Although chilly, Christmas time is lovely at the castle, which is sumptuously decorated for the season.

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Exploring Cork City

A Cork day trip often includes time in the city as well as a visit to Blarney Castle. Stroll down St. Patrick Street and stop for lunch at the English Market, which hosted a visit from Queen Elizabeth II of England in 2011, or do some tax-free souvenir shopping at Blarney Woollen Mill. The Irish countryside throughout County Cork is picturesque and makes for a lovely drive.

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