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Blarney

Visit this charming town in County Cork and see a famous woolen mill and a 15th-century military stronghold with stunning gardens.

Blarney is steeped in Irish history and bounded by natural beauty. Tour a medieval stronghold, known for its legendary Stone of Eloquence. Wander through the castle’s gardens and see a vast collection of rare plant specimens.

Stroll along a walking trail and enjoy the surroundings of this small village. With a number of golf courses and fishing spots, this peaceful town is great for outdoor activities.

Tour the Blarney Castle and its striking gardens. Climb the castle steps and kiss the Stone of Eloquence. Legend says that doing this will give you the gift of expression. The impressive three-story castle court is at the eastern end of the site. Wander through twisting underground passages and discover the castle’s dungeon.

Take a relaxing stroll through the Blarney Castle Gardens. This large area includes several different gardens, arboretums and waterways. Find a limestone cliff at the end of a grassy path and view the wonderful fern garden. Enter the poison garden and discover a fascinating collection of poisonous plants.

Visit the famous Blarney Woollen Mills, one of the largest craft outlets in Ireland. This building was once a water-powered mill that produced tweeds and woolens. Purchase hand-knit sweaters, crystal glassware and Celtic jewelry on-site. This renowned brand, established in the early 19th century, ships crafts around the world.

Catch a brown trout on the Owennageragh River. The River Martin which flows through the small town is another great fishing spot. Admire the stunning rolling countryside from a number of Blarney’s scenic walking and running trails, including the Martin Valley Trail.

Travel to this small village about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Cork. A range of hotels, guesthouses and farmhouses are available. This quaint town also features a camping and RV park.

If you are visiting Blarney in the summer, tour Blarney House, an outstanding Scottish Baronial mansion built in the late 19th century.

Top hotels in Blarney

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel
Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel
3 out of 5
Blarney Village, Blarney, Cork
The price is €109 per night

This family-friendly Blarney hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Blarney Woolen Mills, Blarney Castle and Blarney Stone. Church of ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (683 reviews)

"Such a wonderful location, amazing eateries and shopping attached. My only complaint is that there was a band playing downstairs till 1 am and they were so loud we could not sleep."…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel
Muskerry Arms
Muskerry Arms
3 out of 5
The Square, Blarney, Cork
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €118 per night

Situated in the historical district, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Church of the Resurrection, Blarney Castle and Blarney Stone. Church of the ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (345 reviews)
Overall very nice

"Overall very nice. Food good"…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2020

Muskerry Arms
Blarney Castle Hotel
Blarney Castle Hotel
3 out of 5
Village Green, Blarney, Cork
The price is €159 per night

Situated in Blarney, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of the Resurrection, Blarney Castle and Blarney Stone. Church of the Immaculate Conception ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (311 reviews)

"Such a quaint little hotel, with a friendly staff and clean, updated amenities! The receptionist went out of her way to give my wife and I local suggestions for food and sites to see. At night we enjoyed traditional Irish music in the hotel's very cool pub!"…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020

Blarney Castle Hotel

Popular places to visit in Blarney

Blarney Castle
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Blarney Castle

4.5/5(40 reviews)

Walk in the footsteps of ancient kings, wander amid mystical gardens and kiss the venerated Blarney Stone at this centuries-old castle.

Fota Wildlife Park
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Fota Wildlife Park

4.5/5(16 reviews)

Watch cheetahs running at full speed for their lunch and feed penguins and lemurs in this large nature reserve on an island.

English Market
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English Market

4.5/5(70 reviews)

Shop for fresh produce from around the world and sample traditional Cork dishes at this historic food market inside a grand Victorian building.

Cork City Gaol
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Cork City Gaol

4.5/5(19 reviews)

Experience the harshness of Irish penal life in the 19th century as you wander amid the cells of this architecturally impressive former prison.

Fitzgerald Park
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Fitzgerald Park

4/5(22 reviews)

Enjoy picnics on landscaped lawns, visit a city history museum and attend free summer concerts at this attractive riverfront park.

St. Patrick's Bridge
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St. Patrick's Bridge

4/5(12 reviews)

Take in views of the River Lee from this 18th-century bridge and wander through Cork’s city center via one of the city’s most historic streets.

Top things to do in Blarney

Cork, Cobh & Blarney Castle 1-Day Rail Tour
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Cork, Cobh & Blarney Castle 1-Day Rail Tour

€119
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle (Blarney Stone)& Cork City
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Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle (Blarney Stone)& Cork City

€65
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Shore Excursion: Cork (Cobh) Highlights and Blarney Castle
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Shore Excursion: Cork (Cobh) Highlights and Blarney Castle

€68
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Magical Cork Self-Guided Audio Tour
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Magical Cork Self-Guided Audio Tour

€12
Per adult
In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course
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In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course

€81
Per adult
Vacation Photographer in Cork
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Vacation Photographer in Cork

€222
Per adult

Reviews of Blarney

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5/5 - Excellent

Don

9 Dec 2019

Beautiful hotel and friendly staff.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

10 Jun 2019

Go to the castle early or late as I imagine it gets very, very busy at times. Circular steps up and down to the top are challenging and would be quite difficult for some in long queues - wear suitable shoes too!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Apr 2019

Will be back.

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