Recent Searches
Clear
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Blarney Castle & Gardens

Blarney Castle & Gardens

Daily: 9am–sunset
Monacnapa, Blarney, County Cork

The Basics

Rail and bus tours that showcase the best of the Irish western and southern coasts—including the Ring of Kerry scenic drive, the Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay, and the Burren—often includes a stop at Blarney Castle. Find an itinerary to suit your interests, and choose one with a tour guide to learn about the history of the castle and the stone. Make the most of your time with combination tours to other sites such as the Rock of Cashel, the Celtic Cathedral, the Hall of Vicars, the Galtee Mountains, and County Kildare.

Show all
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
US$76.73 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Amazing tour of three beautiful places
This was a fantastic tour. From our morning stop at the Rock of Cashel, to Blarney Castle and the beautiful gardens surrounding it, and then Cahir Castle on the way back to Dublin, we enjoyed every second of it. Our guide, Derek, was lovely- informative, friendly, and helpful. So much history and beauty in one day tour.
Jean_E, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Dublin

star-5
Great way to spend a day out of the city.
Richard_H, Jul 2021
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Great itinerary if you only have a day to get out of Dublin. The driver was great, very funny, personable and knowledgeable. Plenty of opportunities to stop, eat and walk around. Given COVID restriction we still got a lot out of our tour. Will take one of their other tours next time we are in Dublin.
star-5
Book it now!
Jasmin_R, Oct 2021
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
I came out of this trip with 12 new friends! We had a tour bus about 19 people and I had Philip as my tour guide again! We had an absolutely perfect day! The weather was beautiful, all 3 castles we visited were picturesque. Philip again was an absolute joy to have guide us around. He made the trip even better than it was! The only thing I wish we would of done is cork city but besides that, book this tour!
star-5
Blarney Castle-don’t miss it!
Dave_S, Oct 2021
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Great trip-beautiful grounds, awesome guide-be sure to kiss the stone- well worth the time and money!
star-5
Amazing Castles
CYNTHIA_R, Sep 2021
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
It was very good! The castle was amazing and the guide gave us very useful tips to cover the most important stuff! The time in cork was short but very enjoyable as well !
star-5
Wonderful Experience
Rose_B, Oct 2021
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Paddy was a great driver, gave us plenty of time to see all the sites we wanted to see. I would definitely take another day trip like this in the future!
star-5
Great tour!
bouchardrob, Jan 2020
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
The driver, Jerry, was awesome. The bus was clean and comfortable. Cork is a cool city. I would definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
Very interesting
susan_b, Sep 2021
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
The Blarney Castle was awesome. We enjoyed Cahir Castle and the tour there. The driver was very knowledgeable and enjoyed hearing the history.
star-5
Unforgettable Trip around Cork, Cobh and Kinsale
John_S, Oct 2021
Full-Day Private Tour of Blarney Castle, Cork City and Kinsale
We have been to many countries and have had many private tours since we have been married. Maurice was by far the best tour guide we have ever had. He was timely picking us up, and extremely friendly and funny the entire tour. He knew everyone at every stop, which showed us his character and authenticity. Having Maurice be our guide allowed us flexibility and uniqueness in traveling around. Anything we preferred to see, he tailored our day to fit it in. His knowledge of Blarney, Cobh, and Kinsale was unmatched. Lastly, we felt very safe with him, as a driver and during a pandemic. At the end of the day he felt like an old friend. We even joked how we missed him already at dinner! Thank you, Maurice! Until we meet again.
star-5
Great day of castles/gardens
Laura_S, Sep 2021
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
A really well organised trip with a mixture of a self guided look round (rock of cashel), plenty of time to explore (blarney castle) and a short guided tour (cahir). I was surprised that the blarney stone was ‘open’, and I decided not to participate, but it was well worth walking up to the top of the castle to see it and enjoy the spectacular views. The castle gardens were another highlight - so varied and fun to explore. Barry was an entertaining and informative guide.
star-5
Excellent guide and tour!
Curiosity65434083569, Dec 2019
Cobh (Cork) to Blarney Castle & Kinsale - Shore Excursion
Full day tour and it was not rushed. Had time for lunch in the lovely little town of Kinsale! Castle was good to see, but very long line to enter, so we chose not to do so. Instead walked the grounds and viewed other points of interest. Very good choice for seeing some of the Irish countryside.
star-5
Blarney Castle Tour from Cork including Cobh
Departure656015, Nov 2019
Blarney Castle Tour from Cork including Cobh
Run by locals. Got us there just before the crowds. The grounds of Blarney Castle are beautiful. Loved the walk out to the lake. Trip to Cobh also interesting and very scenic.
star-5
Cashel & Blarney
Jackie_W, Sep 2021
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
Barry was an excellent guide. He shared stories along the way and provided information on each stop. We were given plenty of time to explore each attraction and breaks were planned out in timely fashions. I would highly recommend this tour for families.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Come prepared with layers for Ireland's famously unpredictable weather.

  • Prepare to wait in line if you’d like to kiss the stone.

  • Stone kissing is best suited for those who are able-bodied, as the line winds up steep staircases to the castle’s top.

Show all

How to Get to Blarney Castle

Located only 6 miles (10 km) northwest of the city of Cork, the Blarney Castle & Gardens are easy to reach on a simple afternoon trip from the city. The castle is also often experienced as a stop on a trip from Dublin to Cork, or vice versa. Blarney is 385 miles (620 km) from Dublin.

Show all

Trip ideas

Giant's Causeway Virtual Tour in Ireland

Giant's Causeway Virtual Tour in Ireland

National Gallery of Ireland Virtual Tour in Dublin

National Gallery of Ireland Virtual Tour in Dublin


When to Get There

The castle is open daily from 9am to sunset; as with most popular attractions, it’s best to get there early to beat the crowds. Although chilly, Christmas time is lovely at the castle, which is sumptuously decorated for the season.

Show all

Exploring Cork City

A Cork day trip often includes time in the city as well as a visit to Blarney Castle. Stroll down St. Patrick Street and stop for lunch at the English Market, which hosted a visit from Queen Elizabeth II of England in 2011, or do some tax-free souvenir shopping at Blarney Woollen Mill. The Irish countryside throughout County Cork is picturesque and makes for a lovely drive.

Show all