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Blarney Stone, Cork

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To receive the gift of great skill at flattery, kiss Blarney Stone. A block of Carboniferous limestone set into the Blarney castle, the stone was built into the battlements in 1446. Admire the castle and its gorgeous gardens, but don't leave without honoring the old legend that anyone who kisses the limestone will become excellent at persuasion. Though the task is difficult, as you must lean over the parapet's edge backwards to reach the stone, millions of visitors have taken part in the age-old tradition. A visit to Blarney Stone represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Cork visit planning site to plot your vacation.
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  • It's a tourist trap. Not terrible but a bit disappointing. Go if you feel you need to say you did it but skip it otherwise. 
    It's a tourist trap. Not terrible but a bit disappointing. Go if you feel you need to say you did it but skip it otherwise.  more »
  • Even being scared of heights, both my partner and myself were able to work up the courage to do this. An 86 year old woman in front of us did it too, so you can get over being 8 stories above the... 
    Even being scared of heights, both my partner and myself were able to work up the courage to do this. An 86 year old woman in front of us did it too, so you can get over being 8 stories above the...  more »
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  • Kissing the Blarney stone is a ONCE in a lifetime adventure..Beautiful access to the castle and seeing the awesome view from the top. Gardens are beautiful and in full summer bloom. Loads to see and little adventure s for the kids. Cafe inside grounds. Definitely a must visit all year round. We'll done to all involved to make this gem so clean and tidy.
  • At €18 per adult this seemed quite pricey, however we wanted to visit the Blarney Stone and so we went. We got there for opening and were first up the tower to the stone so no queuing for us! You can buy official photos of you kissing the Blarney stone but at €10 for one and €18 for two we just took our own pictures, though of course they aren't as good as the official ones! After we had a wander round the castle and gardens. Honestly the gardens are amazing, there's various different walks, caves, stones, waterfalls, stone circles, lake, rivers, all sorts. We clocked over five miles in a few hours and could have walked further had we not been continuing travelling round Ireland in the afternoon. There's no dogs in the place so only two of us came. The other two adults went elsewhere where they could take the dog. There's shops and cafes. We had food in the courtyard cafe and it was fab. Scones were lovely. I would definitely recommend this place. It was well worth the money we spent and of course we now have the gift of eloquence... apparently!

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