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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
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Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
$80.03 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Incredible experience
Vincent was an absolutely amazing guide! Super knowledgable, funny and well-spoken. He shared plenty of interesting info about all of the stops and made the experience 10/10.
Kathryn_N, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Dublin

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Brian was our tour guide...
Ann_N, May 2022
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Brian was our tour guide and he was fantastic. The stops we made were perfect. He was very knowledgeable and had lots of history and stories to tell. He even sang us a song which we loved. I would do this tour again and when we come back we will most definitely be booking a tour with Paddywagon tours. Buses were clean and comfortable. Being able to sit and see the countryside go by while listening to history was worth every cent.
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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!
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Amazing tour and guide
VeredCecilio, May 2022
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Paul, our tour guide, kept us fully entertained during the whole trip with his witty commentary, history lessons and tall tales. This was our 2nd tour with Paddy Wagon and both were amazing experiences!! If you take a tour, go with Paddy Wagon!
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Amazing tour!
Mitchell_C, May 2022
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Tour guide was awesome, funny, and had a soothing voice lol. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone, just try not to get lost like I did!
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Enjoyable Outing
David_R, May 2022
Cobh (Cork) to Blarney Castle Half Day Shore Tour
We had a great experience visiting Blarney Castle and Cobh. Ian was our guide and bus driver. He was very informative.
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Fun day with best tour guide in Dunlin!
April_P, May 2022
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Vincent was very friendly, interactive, engaging, and informative. Enjoyed an upbeat day filled with history, culture and amazing sites!!! Will recommend the tour (and to ask for Vincent as well)! Thank you for the memories and great intro to Ireland!
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Blarney Castle
waysho57, May 2022
Cobh (Cork) to Blarney Castle & Kinsale - Shore Excursion
Kevin, our driver/guide was outstanding. He got us to Blarney Castle ahead of the ship tour buses so we got into the castle to kiss the stone before the crowds. The drive to Kinsale and the town itself were very nice. Got us back to the ship in plenty of time. I would definitely recommend this tour!
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Day trip to Blarney Castle
Douglas_E, May 2022
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
JJ the combined driver and tour guide did an excellent job providing us the details and background information for the tour activities. Enjoyed the tour highly recommend.
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Dublin
Louis_C, May 2022
Cobh (Cork) to Blarney Castle & Kinsale - Shore Excursion
John was an excellent tour guide. Educated, well spoken, polite and knowledgeable. I would be happy if all Viator guides were like John.
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Blarney Castle
Thomas_W, May 2022
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Best castle we've ever seen! Our tour guide was absolutely amazing and wonderful. Thank you for a wonderful wonderful day! Karen & Thom Phoenix Arizona
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I kissed it…
Dorothy_H, Apr 2022
Cork and Blarney Castle Rail Tour from Dublin
The walk up Blarney Castle is not for the faint of heart. The hopefulness that I felt after kissing the stone was worth the trip
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Beautiful part of Ireland...
SuAnne_B, May 2022
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Beautiful coutryside. We had enough time to walk around the castle and climb the MANY steps to kiss the stone. No time left for shopping...made the husband happy.

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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Blarney Castle & Gardens?
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As well as visiting the Blarney Castle & Gardens, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: