Situated 8km from Cork City, Blarney Castle Gardens are one of the most visited in Ireland.  

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Now Open

Situated 8 km from Cork City, Blarney Castle 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. The 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.

Special Features

  • 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.

Entrance Fee

Adults €18, Students/Seniors €14, Children 8-16 years €8, Children under 8 are free

Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) €45


Eircode T23 Y598
Blarney Castle is situated in Blarney Village which is 8 km north west of Cork city.

Opening Hours

Now Open

Open daily from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.  Last admission is 4.00 pm. 

Contact Details

Blarney Castle, Blarney Village, Co Cork
Tel: 021 – 438 5252

Facebook: @blarneycastleireland