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Welcome to Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle is one of Ireland's oldest and most historic castles, built around 1446. An ancient stronghold of the MacCarthys, Lords of Muskerry and one of the strongest fortresses in Munster, its walls are 18ft (5m) thick in places. Located on the parapet of the castle is the famous 'Blarney Stone'. According to local legend, after kissing this stone, one will have the gift of eternal eloquence, or 'the gift of the gab'. To do this, visitors must first position themselves on their back, then lean their head back and downwards over the edge of the battlements, with the help of an attendant, in order to kiss the underside of the stone. The last admission to the castle and grounds is 30 minutes before closing.

Information & Facts

Five miles (8km) from Cork
EUR10 (adults), EUR3.50 (children 8-14). Concessions available.
English, Irish (Gaelic) is spoken in some Western areas.

The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR). Currency can be exchanged at banks and bureaux de change and ATMs are widely available. Credit and debit cards, as well as travellers cheques, are widely accepted.

Opening Times
Monday to Saturday 9am-6:30pm (May and September), 9am-7pm (June to August), 9am to sunset(October to April). Sundays 9:30am-5:30pm (until sunset in winter).
GMT (GMT +1 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October).
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