Expect rain and you'll be pleasantly surprised if it stays dry.
Arrive early to try and beat the lines.
There are food options onsite. However, to save money consider bringing your own food, as there are plenty of lovely spots on the grounds for a picnic lunch.
About This Day
Enjoy this half-day itinerary at the Blarney Castle, home of the famous Blarney Stone. A visit to the Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland offers adventure and enchantment. Be one of the many who've sought the gift of eloquence by kissing the Blarney Stone. It's a rather touristy thing to do, but nevertheless, our entire family loved the visit. Be sure to explore everything from Blarney Castle itself to the castle's beautiful gardens and grounds. The castle grounds offer family-friendly walking trails, cottages, caves, a unique poison garden and more. Whether at the end of the visit or just for a break, head to the Stable Yard Café for some fine fare and relaxation.
For more than 200 years, people from all walks of life have climbed to the top of Blarney Castle and kissed the stone hoping to gain the gift of eloquence. The climb up through the castle to kiss the stone provides lovely views of the surrounding countryside. The castle grounds are beautiful, with extensive gardens including a poison garden, creeks and walkways.
DIRECTIONS It takes three to four hours to get from Dublin to Cork. Take the N8 motorway and follow the signs south for Cork, then on to Blarney.
TIP Allow time to visit the castle's beautiful and extensive grounds and gardens.