A 15-minute drive from Cork City, families can easily spend a few hours exploring Blarney Castle & Gardens. The main attraction is the world-famous Blarney Stone that gives those who kiss it the gift of eloquence. To kiss the stone, you must bend backwards at a dizzying height.
There are also gardens to explore, including a poison and bog garden, and Rock Close’s “Wishing Steps” and Fairy Glade. Family passes available (two adults and two children). Children under 8 are free.
January, February, November, December: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March, April, October: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
May and September: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
June, July, August: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Age or Height Restrictions
Children must be 8 years old to kiss the Blarney Stone.
Things to Know/Bring
Wear comfortable, closed toed shoes. Bring sunscreen, hats, jackets, and an umbrella.
The Stable Yard CafÃ© is a short walk from the castle and offers sandwiches and snacks.
There is free onsite parking.