If you’re from Blarney like myself it’s a rare occurrence that you’ll venture into the Blarney Castle and Gardens. “That place is only for the Americans” me and my friends would say as teenagers. We were dragged here on School Tours or as part of the local Kids Summer Camp but we never really saw the appealing side of it that I’ve fallen in love with recently. Now that I’m older, I can appreciate The Castle through new eyes. We were mad not to step inside the magical grounds of The Castle all those years ago. It’s amazing how much hard work has gone into beautifying the gardens over the recent years. I may be biased because I’m a Blarney girl, but I have to admit that Blarney Castle and Gardens is one of my favourite places in Cork.
I couldn’t help taking photos all day, the Castle grounds are trully a photographers dream. Tip: if you see a queue of people waiting to kiss the stone, that’s your chance to stroll around the gardens and snap plenty of people-free photographs.
Everywhere is so green, it’s no wonder the tourists flock here in their thousands every year. It’s one of the top tourist destinations in all of Ireland. It gets very busy in the Summer months so be prepared for that, you may be queuing for the stone and to enter especially at the weekends.
If you love to walk, there are numerous routes you can take through the grounds some a lot longer than others. The Castle’s grounds sprawl across 60 acres, so, you can easily spend the whole day here.
Did you know? The famous Blarney Stone was originally known as Lia Fáil or the Stone of Destiny, and its mysterious powers were first revealed to the McCarthy family (the family who originally built the Castle) by a witch they had saved from drowning. As you know, it’s said to give anyone who kisses it ‘the gift of the gab’.
The Castle is open year-round to visitors and cost of entry is 15euro for adults, 6euro for children aged 8-16, children under 8 are free and students/pensioners are 12euro.
Did you know? You can purchase a Season Pass for the Blarney Castle Grounds, the price for an adult for a year pass is 75euro, a student is 60euro and a family pass is 170euro. Absolute bargain! You can find more pricing information here
Want to know more? You can find more information about the Blarney Castle and Gardens here