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Blarney Things to Do

  • Kiss the Blarney Stone

    If you decide to be a real tourist and kiss the stone you have to pay admission to tour the castle. Thats the easy part. Then you have to climb to the top of the castle. Thats the hard part! As it is with any old castle or ruin, the steps in the towers are very narrow and steep. And this castle is quite tall. Its a big of a task to take the climb,...

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  • You might get dizzy kissing the stone

    For all of its mythical magical qualities, the main thing I noticed after kissing the stone, was that I was a little dizzy. Keep in mind, I had to remove my glasses which at my age I seldom allow to happen. Then I had to lay down on my back and tip my head downward from the top of a very tall tower. So of course the blood ran right to my head. So...

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  • Visit Blarney Castle

    Blarney is a very beautiful little village in Ireland. If there were not castle or stone in Blarney, it would still be a nice place for a day trip. But there is a castle, and there is a Blarney Stone, which are the main attractions to see in Blarney. The castle is over 600 years old and is one of Irelands big tourist attractions. There is lot of...

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  • Blarney Castle

    It is unlikely that you will be visiting Blarney if you don't have intentions to visit Blarney Castle. Originally built nearly six hundred years ago as the home of Chieftain Cormac McCarthy, the Castle is the home of the Blarney Stone (also called the Stone of Eloquence), said to give the "gift of the gab" and leave a person who kisses it never...

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  • Blarney Castle

    Although I was told by some people to avoid Blarney Castle because it was a bit of a tourist trap, I went anyway since we were staying within walking distance of the castle. We timed our visit to get there shortly after it opened at 9 am which was a good decision as there were only about 10 or so other people at the top of the castle and no line at...

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  • Blarney House

    After visiting the Castle and smooching the stone, we toured the grounds for a bit and ran across Blarney House. The current house was built in 1874 by Sir James St. John Jefferyes, long after the MacCarthy's had relinquished control of the land.According to the website it contains "a fine collection of early furniture, family portraits, tapestries...

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  • Blarney Castle Close and Castle Grounds

    After visiting the Castle, we took a stroll around the Castle grounds, if you pick up a map of the grounds when you enter or from the attached website, you'll see that there are a couple of walks of the grounds, one that goes by the lake and another through the woods.There's also another section called the Close which was landscaped by the...

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  • Romancing the Stone

    If you've made it all the way to Blarney Castle, forked over 10€, walked up all the stairs to the top, you can't say no to kissing the Blarney Stone, can you? Or at least pretend to if you are a germaphobe, as it was recently voted as the #1 germiest world attractions on a Trip Advisor poll, it's estimated that 400,000 people planted their lips on...

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  • Blarney Castle - Getting In

    For entrance into the Castle and grounds, you first need to purchase your ticket!Handing over 10 Euros entitled me to enter the castle, kiss the Blarney Stone and wander around Rock Close. We had a short while to wait at the turnstyles - I can't imagine how long this would take when it's busy!Prices and conditions are displayed, so you can read...

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  • The Village Green

    The Village Green and its surrounding houses were part of James St John Jefferyes model estate village, considered at its time to be one of the finest of its kind in Ireland.In 1703, his Grand Father, Sir James Jefferyes, who was the Governer of Cork, bought 'the Castle, Village, Mills, Customs, all lands and the park thereto belonging, containing...

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  • Blarney Village

    Most visitors to Blarney head straight for the famous castle or The Blarney Woollen Mills. The village itself is worth a look around too. (well if you miss your bus back to Cork, like Gillybob and I did, you make the most of your 2 hours!) I should imagine that in the height of Summer, the place is crammed with day trippers, arriving as part of a...

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  • Blarney Village

    The Tudor-style village of Blarney is very charming and has a well-preserved village square which is maintained by Blarney Castle. In the eighteenth century a landlord created a village adjacent to his estate for his workers, supplying housing for the workers and their families and creating industry so that they would prosper. Today Blarney Village...

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Blarney Restaurants

  • BLARNEY CASTLE HOTEL

    Had a great breakfast here really good excellent choice. The pancakes were devine with the blueberrys and the brown soda bread was fabulous. I LOVE THE SMOKED HADDOCK ON THE BED OF CHAMP. IT IS REALLY EXCELLENT AND THE HADDOCK WHICH IS SOURCED LOCALLY ALSO THEIR VEGETABLES.

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  • Great selection!

    Dark wood, open fireplaces, nooks and crannies, timber beams - the interior of this pub has a great feel to it and is certainly a lovely place to be on a damp autumn day!This local pub offers a great selection of dishes on its menu. You can choose from traditional Irish dishes through to fusion dishes. There's something on the menu to suit all...

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  • Sporting pub!

    After exploring Blarney Castle (and kissing the stone) and its' grounds, Gillybob and I ventured into this welcoming hostellery for a spot of lunch, and to escape from the rain, which had turned from a 'soft rain' to a 'Wet rain'! Sadly, we'd had to leave Martha (nomad7890) at the nearby bus stop as she had to return to Cork for her flight home....

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Blarney Transportation

  • Easy & Inexpensive Bus

    Traveling to Blarney by public bus is quite easy, inexpensive, and relatively quick. The bus leaves right in front (river side - near bus station) of the Merchant Quay Shopping Center. The bus number is #224, and leaves from a sign on the first pole on that block. The sign lists the time schedule. You may purchase a ticket (€2.30 o/w or €5.60...

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  • The Bus Eireann

    The best way I have found to get around while in Ireland is the bus (when I'm not walking). I usually stay in Kinsale, so I will just hop on the bus and ride it into Cork, then switch busses to go to Blarney. It isn't very hard to do, and it is an easy way to get around.

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  • From Cork to Blarney

    Gillybob (Gillian) Nomad 7890 (Martha) and myself caught the 10.30 bus from Cork. The bus usually leaves from Merchants Quay (MQ), which is just across the road from the Parnell Place Bus Station. (in front of the Dunnes Store)Check the timetable boards, as they sometimes leave from Parnell Place. (Usually after 18.30 hours) Buses run daily except...

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Blarney Shopping

  • Where you get the Sweathers

    The World famous Blarney Woolen Mills is one of the largest family owned and run gift and craft centers in the World. Besides the store, there is a branch of the A.I.B Bank, Christys Bar and Hotel. There is a fine self- service restaurant and parking facilities. This 30,000 square foot retail store is housed in one of Ireland's oldest and most...

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  • Nothing Special

    Research had suggested that a bargain or two could be obtained at this converted mill. However, I was totally disappointed to find a very commercial store containing mass-made clothing, household items and souvenirs.If you have time to kill, then feel free to visit but, in my opinion, its not worth going out of the way for. Anything mass-produced...

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  • Blarney Woolen Mills

    You can find all kinds of things in the Blarney Woolen Mills. They offer a vast variety of Sweaters, crystal, china, pottery, linens, teas, candies, and souveniers. They have 3 floors of merchandise to find your treasures to bring back home! Sweaters made in Ireland, artwork of Blarney, pottery, candies, linens and teas. Sweaters run from 49 euro...

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Blarney Local Customs

  • Where did the word Blarney come from?

    It's said that Queen Elizabeth I coined the phrase "blarney" during the lengthy negotiations for control of Blarney Castle. The owner, Cormac McCarthy, Earl of Blarney, in negotiations with the Queen's emissary is said to have made long and eloquent protestations of loyalty and flattery to the Queen without agreeing to relinquish the land to the...

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  • Lucky Or Unlucky

    Ireland is well known for the belief in superstitions. Below are some examples of some superstitions that many believe.Never give a knife as a gift unless you attatch a coin to it, to prevent cutting off friendly ties.Break a mirror and you'll have 7 years bad luckCrossed knives on a countertop will lead to an arguementIt is bad luck to walk under...

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  • The Holy Wells

    It is claimed there are as many as 3,000 holy wells in Ireland - more than in any other country in the world. Where once a pagan sacrifice may have taken place, today a bride might look into the waters for good luck ,or a cripple might bathe in them, hoping for a cure. It was believed that drinking from these holy waters or bathing in them would...

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Blarney Warnings and Dangers

  • ALWAYS CARRY ADEQUATE TRAVEL INSURANCE

    IRELAND When travelling to and in this lovely picturesque country make sure that your Travel Insurance is covered. As lovely and scenic as this country is it is not without its dangers. When formulating my travel plans through Europe I made sure that I had the neccesary travel Insurance cover that I needed for my journey. As I don't jump off...

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  • Getting a picture of the Blarney Stone

    On the particular day that we visited, the camera next to the Blarney Stone was broken. The attendant, who would be later holding onto me while I kissed it, apologized but we were relieved as we were then allowed to take our own photos as we had seen the signs for the 10 € photos that they produce with that broken camera. I'm not sure if they let...

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  • Slippery Steps

    We visited Blarney Castle when it was raining. The castle is open to the elements, and so some of the stone steps were quite wet. These could be quite slippery in parts. Even where the steps are inside they can be narrow, and there are parts where visitors are going up and down the staircases.Also walking around Rock Close, there are pathways and...

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Blarney Tourist Traps

  • FALE IMAGE CASTLE

    dont be fooled by the irishness of blarney castle, it is owned by an anglo irish man named colthurst, most of his staff hate him and high court action has been taken by a long time photographer at the castle to prevent him from loosing his livlehood . The poet who sat otside ,charlie was told to leave even though he was of far more interest than...

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  • Poet outside the gate of the castle

    There is a poet outside of the entrance gate of the castle that will try to sell you a poem he wrote. Some don't mind, but some people just don't like to be solicited. He is a nice man if you would like to talk with him a bit, but if you don't want to be bothered, just detour around. Not so much a trap, as it is a person trying to sell...

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Blarney What to Pack

  • Things to Bring to Blarney in October

    If visiting for the day, a light day-sac to carry your camera, guide book etc. Leave room for all the tacky souvenirs!!If the left luggage in Cork bus station is closed, you can leave your case/ ruck sack etc at the ticket office at the Castle. In October, as most months in Ireland, there is a good chance of rain, so come prepared with a...

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  • In case of a drizzling day and umbrella

    Clothing you can layer is best. Some days are cooler than others, and some start out cool but get warmer. A rain jacket is nice as well. Comfy walking shoes are a must. You will have so many photo opportunities, so be sure and bring your camera and plenty of film or a nice sized memory card and plenty of batteries! Ireland gets a lot of rain,...

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    by Dabs Written Jul 25, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Unfortunately Blarney Castle was one of two castles I visited that weren't on the Heritage Card that I purchased but you can use one of the other cards that offer discounted admission, the Heritage Island Card which offers 2 for 1 or discounted admission to many attractions throughout the country.

    From their website it appears that you purchase a touring guide for 5.99€ and then you can get 2 for 1 admission into Blarney Castle. At 10€ per person, even if this is the only attraction you visit, you still save a little money, more if you are visiting some of the other attractions on the list. It appears that you can either purchase online, give yourself at least a week for the post, or you can purchase at Dublin or Shannon airport or some tourist offices.

    The Heritage Card that I bought was valid at a lot more places that I visited, you might also have a look at that card for other tourist sites in Ireland.

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