Blarney Castle & Gardens

Situated 8 km from Cork City, this historic castle is most famous for it’s 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.

Blarney Castle’s gardens are one of the most visited in Ireland. The 60 acres are a joy to explore. Visit the prehistoric Fern Garden, a deadly Poison Garden, and our magical Rock Close with its ancient Yew trees and druidic stones. Make a wish on the famous wishing steps while the waterfall cascades alongside you. Stroll by the lake, river side and woodlands or in the dazingly beautiful arboretums. The gardens are a constantly changing and evolving environment and each visit is a new experience.

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Blarney Castle & Gardens
Admission Rates
Senior (Over 60) - €14
Adult - €18
Student - €14
Child - €8
Family (2 & 2) - €45
- Two souvenir shops.
- Bureau de Change.
- Coach House Café.
- The Court Exhibition Rooms.
- Refreshments.
- Restored stable yard.
- Blarney Lake and Wildlife.
- Arboretums and gardens.
- Garden and woodland walks.
Opening Times
Monday – Saturday
Jan – Feb: 9am–5pm (Last admission 4pm)
Mar - Apr: 9am – 6pm (Last admission 5pm)
May: 9am – 6.30pm ( Last admission 5.30pm)
June – Aug: 9am – 7pm (Last Admission 6pm)
Sept: 9am – 6.30pm (Last Admission 5.30pm)
Oct: 9am – 6pm ( Last Admission 5pm)
Nov – Dec: 9am – 5pm (Last Admission 4pm)

Sunday & Bank Holidays
Nov – Feb: 9am – 5pm (Last Admission)
Mar – Oct: 9am – 6pm (Last Admission)