Blarney castle is situated in the countryside just outside Blarney Town. The castle is one of the oldest castles in Ireland and was built about a thousand years ago. It was and was originally a hunting lodge,then in the early 13th century it was rebuilt in stone, then later it was demolished and rebuilt again in the middle of the fifteen century by Dermot McCarthy.

picture of Blarney castle

Blarney castle (pictured left) is famous for the legendary Blarney stone, which is located up in the battlements. It is a major tourist attraction and thousands of people climb up to the parapet, to hang backwoods to kiss the blarney stone and gain the gift of eloquence speech. It is said to be half of the Stone of Scone, an ancient stone with magical powers which belonged to Scotland.


When the King of Munster sent several thousand men to assist Robert the Bruce in his fight with the English, part of the stone was given in gratitued by the Scotts to the Irish.

Blarney is steeped in history and has many treasures within it's walls. It is well worth taking a guided tour around the castle and it's surroundings, including the castle dungeons, Rock close and the witches kitchen.

Visiting times and Rates:

May: Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 6.30pm, Sunday 9.00am to 5.30pm

June, July and August: Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 7pm, Sunday 9.00am to 5.30pm

September: Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 6.30pm, Sunday 9.00am to 5.30pm or sundown.

October to April: 9.00am to sundown, Sunday 9.30 to sundown.

Closed on Christmas Eve and Chistmas day.

Lakeland walk and Gardens are open April to August 10.00am to 4.00pm except Sunday.

Admission Rates:

Adults Euro 10, Senior citizens and Students Euro 8, Children Euro 3.50.

Family ticket 2 adults and 2 children Euro 23.50

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