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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
$74.94 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great experience!
Our guide was very knowledgeable and polite. He took us to 3 different castles and spoke about the landscape along the way. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone! My only regret was I didn’t give him a bigger tip :/
Paul_M, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Dublin

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Great Castle Tour
Edward_S, Dec 2021
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Great trip to Cahir Castle, Blarney Castle, and Rock of Cashel. The bus was clean, comfortable and new. Philip our guide and driver was simply amazing!
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
Very great
Tatjana_S, Jan 2022
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
A great tour with a nice guide and amazing attractions. I highly recommand it even if you sit in the bus a lot.
star-5
Dream Come True
Heidi_H, Dec 2021
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
I always dreamed of kissing the Blarney Stone and I finally did it!! The area around the castle was breathtaking. Cork was beautiful and it was exciting to see the Christmas Market. Rock of Cashel was more than I expected. Aemon was a fantastic tour guide and his knowledge truly made the tour amazing!
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Stunning Blarney Castle
Jillian_M, Nov 2021
Cork and Blarney Castle Rail Tour from Dublin
Branden was an excellent guide - great storyteller & very laid back. Some of the stops are things you would never see if you were on your own. We lucked out with perfect weather & low crowds. Highly recommend!
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Blarney Castle tour
Neil_P, Jan 2022
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Harry, our driver and tour guide is very accommodating and friendly. It’s a long day to stay in the coach but he’s really good company. The tour is so interesting and informative.
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Awesome Trip ....
Steffy_M, Jan 2022
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Awesome Trip . Thanks a lot Tony for making our trip beautiful and being an awesome tour guide.We really enjoyed the trip.
star-5
Alex was an amazing tour...
Caleigh_H, Dec 2021
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Alex was an amazing tour guide! Great stories and great sense of humor! He was very knowledgeable and I learned a lot
star-5
Great Tour
Darnell_N, Dec 2021
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Harry is a great tour guide! He is very friendly and provided a lot of information on Ireland’s history.
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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.
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Mark was an awesome tour...
Deanna_H, Dec 2021
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Mark was an awesome tour guide, thank you for all the great information! Loved the Blarney castle and the Cahir castle.
star-5
Good value
Mark_E, Nov 2021
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Great trip with plenty of time at Blarney and Cashel. Cork City was ok, not a lot of time there to explore. Overall well worth it.

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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