Blarney Castle Blarney, Co. Cork Cork Castles/Gardens

Blarney Castle

Situated 8 km from Cork City, this historic castle is most famous for its stone, which has the traditional 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 curious place of ancient trees and far more ancient stones, by legend 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, Druids Cave and many other delights such as Lake Walk, Waterfall, Fern Garden, Ice-house and Lime Kiln, all telling a story of centuries past.


Three souvenir shops, Bureau de Change, refreshments, restored stable yard and old farm machinery, Blarney Lake and wildlife, arboretum and gardens, garden walk and woodland walks.

Opening Hours

May (9-6.30pm)

Jun-Jul-Aug (9am to 7pm)

Sept (9am to 6.30pm)

Oct-Apr(9am to 5.30pm or sundown),

Sundays- Summers 9am to 5.30pm and winters 9am to sundown.

Last admission is 30 minutes before closing

Admission Prices

Adult Admission: €12
Student/Seniors(over 60): €10
Children (8-14 years): €5
Family: €30

Cork City Centre follow signs for Limerick (N20). Travel for 7 km; exit left (sign-posted Blarney) . Arrive at Blarney 

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