About Blarney Castle & Gardens
Situated 8 km from Cork City, Blarney Castle’s gardens are one of the most visited in Ireland. The 60 acres are a joy to explore. Visit the prehistoric Fern Garden, a deadly Poison Garden, and our magical Rock Close with its ancient Yew trees and druidic stones.
Make a wish on the famous wishing steps while the waterfall cascades alongside you. Stroll by the lake, river side and woodlands or in the dazzlingly beautiful arboretums. The gardens are a constantly changing and evolving environment and each visit is a new experience. This historic castle is most famous for its stone, which has the traditional power of conferring
eloquence on all who kiss it.
The word Blarney was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending. The stone is set in the wall below the battlements, and to kiss it, one has to lean backwards from the parapet walk..
18th century Rock Close gardens with witch’s kitchen, wishing steps and druids cave. 100m double herbaceous border with rose pergola. Tropical and jungle borders, Himalayan walk, winter borders, extensive azalea and rhododendron beds. Sculptures, Cafés and shops on site. Partial disabled access.
Monday to Saturday
Jan, Feb, Nov and Dec 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 pm
Mar, Apr and Oct 9.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
May and Sept 9.00 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.
June, July and Aug 9.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.
Sundays & Bank Holidays
Nov to Feb 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Mar to Oct 9.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Last admission always one hour before closing
PLEASE NOTE: Closed on the 24th and 25th of December. On the 26th December 2020 and 1st of January 2021 we will be opening at 10.00 a.m. rather than 9.00 a.m.
Adults €18, Students/
Seniors €14, Children (8-16 years / under 8 free) €8, Family (2 adults + 2 children) €45
T23 Y598 with Google Maps.
Blarney Castle is situated in Blarney Village
which is 8 km northwest from Cork city.
Blarney Castle, Blarney Village, Co. Cork
Tel. 021 4385252