• Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
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Take a Dublin rail tour to Blarney Castle, the medieval stronghold of southern Ireland. On this historical and cultural day trip, you’ll course through Ireland by train and coach, enjoying views of the lush countryside on your way to tour the castle grounds and plant a kiss on the Blarney Stone. Then take a city tour of Cork and visit the Queenstown Story Heritage Center in Cobh, Ireland’s largest emigration port.

Highlights

  • Full-day train and coach trip from Dublin to Cork, Blarney Castle and Cobh
  • Travel through Ireland's scenic countryside
  • Kiss the famous Blarney Stone
  • Free time to shop and have lunch in Blarney village
  • Short city tour of Cork
  • Moving Queenstown Story Heritage Center in Cobh
  • Hosted train travel
  • Information pack
  • Friendly, professional tour guide

What You Can Expect

Cork and Blarney Castle Rail Trip from Dublin

The Queenstown Story in Cork

Leave bright and early from Dublin Heuston Station on a morning train to Cork to begin your day trip. Have a leisurely breakfast on board as you traverse picturesque southern Ireland (all food and drinks are at your own expense), and then disembark in Cork and head straight to Blarney Castle, just a short coach jaunt from the city.  

Tour the grounds and look for marked attractions such as rock formations fancifully named ‘Witch’s Kitchen’ and a ‘Poison Garden,’ housing a collection of poisonous plants. Then explore the castle ruins and learn a bit about the site’s beguiling and chaptered history. Climb to the top to visit the ‘Stone of Eloquence,’ known by many as the Blarney Stone; if you — like many others — wish to acquire the gift of eloquence, take your turn giving the stone a kiss.

Next, take your newly refined speaking ability and head into the village of Blarney. Explore the colorful architecture, do a little shopping and enjoy lunch before heading back to Cork for a city tour.

Your historical excursion concludes with a visit to Cobh and the Queenstown Story Heritage Center.  Explore the beautifully restored Victorian railway station that was the largest embarkation point for emigration in Irish history, and hear the harrowing and hopeful story of Annie, the first Irish emigrant to reach Ellis Island, as well as others like her. Then board the train for a relaxing return journey to Dublin, where your day trip ends at the station.

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Customer Reviews

Beth C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

I thought this was the perfect tour for us since we were just spending a long weekend in Ireland. This easily got us out to the countryside to see more than just Dublin. The only disappointment was that there was some road construction or another reason why we could not spend time in Cork but we went to a port city and spent more time there and it was great. The guide was fantastic and was familiar to one of the fellow tourists and she definitely was keen on him. They are very organized which is helpful given the timing of the day. The bus driver was also fantastic and that is always good. Our tour groups two together had an entire train car to ourselves and the two guides made us feel very comfortable and they came around and talked to each of the groups/couples/singletons which is a nice touch, I think. The price was reasonable, too.

kmsd512

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Excellent all around. Tour guide was wonderful! No changes needed. We also had beautiful weather which was so appreciated although beyond anyone's control.

Fredric K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

We had a fabulous time on our trip. Andy our guide was very helpful, informative, and funny. He even sang some songs for us. The tour was extremely organized from the start to the end. It was a long day but so well worth it. We would definitely recommend this trip to anyone going to Ireland for the first time. We loved the comfort of the train with the bathrooms which is important on a long trip. We absolutely loved the beautiful scenery, and we loved the amazing history. It is now a wonderful memory for us. Thank you!!

Donna T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Great tour...don't forget to kiss the Blarney Stone!

Pamela P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

The train ride was pleasant and we got there early enough so the line wasn't too long. Was able to kiss the Blarney stone without too much difficulty just FYI it was not as I expected. Had time to eat lunch at a restaurant. Would've like a little more time to wander through the shops, but all in all, it was a great trip. Tour guides were very knowledgeable and helpful.

Daniel B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Amazing trip! Blarney castle and grounds were beautiful. We thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Jon Visser

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This tour was amazing!

Arlo M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The rail trip from Dublin to Cork is a comfortable and efficient way to travel the countryside. Blarney Castle is much more than kissing the stone. We enjoyed exploring the rooms off the spiral stairway, hiking the lake trail to get a real feel for the Irish shades of green, and taking photos around the grounds. The stop at the Queenstown Story in Cobh Harbour was a special treat for our family because our grandfather sailed from that port. Family history and castles and beautiful scenery all in one smooth trip!

Carol G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

It was wonderful to start out by train and wake up and relax while seeing the beautiful countryside along the way to the multiple destinations. My favorite by far is Blarney Castle! Magnificent!
Not only was the castle stunning but the countryside around was so memorable. I highly recommend this tour!

Brian M M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Great trip. Well organized and the guides were very knowledgeable and fun to go with. Only a few of us went back to Dublin on the train and Sally was great and got us home.

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