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Overview

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.
  • 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
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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D
, Aug 2018

Had a great time on this tour featuring Blarney Castle and Cobh. Our tour guide, Peter C., was funny, knowledgeable and accommodating, and our bus driver, Kevin, was very courteous and helpful. Enjoyed the views of the Irish countryside from our reserved train seats during the 2.5 hr trip from Dublin to Cork and back, and the bus travel between Cork, Blarney Castle, and Cobh was comfortable and provided great views. This was a great value for the price, I look forward to my next tour with this company.

n
, Aug 2018

Had an amazing time. The tour guides were great, very knowledgeable of the area.

R
, Jul 2018

Sites were amazing. Blarney castle and Cove Emigration center was a must see! We spent minimal time in Cork. Train ride was fun and relaxing. One suggestion - The tour company ran 4 tours simultaneously on the outbound train (1/2 day tour, full day tour, 3 day tour and 7 day tour), so this made some of the logistics a little confusing, and made the initial tour size pretty large and not very personal.

A
, Jun 2018

this tour runs ilke a well oiled machine. their team gets you where you need to go. Ok, if you're going to X, stand over there, those of you going to Y, follow that guy, etc... and although you're bound by strict train schedules, at no point do you feel herded like sheep through an area because you're low on time.

L
, Jun 2018

This is a great taste of Ireland. Reserved group train seating is convenient and comfortable an the coach was equally comfortable. Long day out, but worth it.

R
, Jun 2018

Great experience!

N
, Jun 2018

We had an excellent time on this trip! Our guides were very organized and expert at shepherding a large group of people from train to bus, and made sure to count heads before leaving each location. We enjoyed the train ride, especially on the way back after a long day of visiting Blarney Castle and the town of Blarney for lunch and shopping, and seeing the other sights in Cobh. I highly recommend this tour.

K
, Apr 2018

Spectacular tour. From beginning to end, this full one day tour was an experience we will never forget.
We went in October but still had decent weather... it must have been my Luck O thee Irish!
I finally kissed the Blarney Stone! It's a MUST do and so enjoyable!!

j
, Mar 2018

Our trip was wonderful. Our guide Jonathan was extremely knowledgeable about the area and the history which made the tour that much more enjoyable. Highly recommend this trip!

k
, Mar 2018

We would have liked to spend more time in Cork. Bob, our guide was great and very attentive to all of us on the tour. The trip to Cobh was very enjoyable as well.


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