Between the entrance gates and the distant lake lie 60 acres of surprises, delights and mysteries waiting to be discovered. There is a network of paths that lead visitors through various gardens, arboretums, and avenues, which are a constantly changing and evolving environment throughout the seasons.
Explore the Garden
The raised board walk, surrounded by Gunnera manicata and water loving plants growing in profusion. The numerous waterfalls add a coolness and calm to this…Read More
Carnivorous plants are plants that derive some or most of their nutrients from trapping or consuming animals, typically insects and other arthropods but in some…Read More
One of our visitor’s favourite gardens is The Fern Garden. The tall Dicksonias (tree ferns) growing here, brought from the other side of the world,…Read More
The gardens at Blarney Castle contain an exceptional collection of specimen trees, some the largest of their kind in Ireland. Many of the rare trees,…Read More
A 100-metre-long double herbaceous border, topped off with an 80m rose pergola is certainly a sight to behold. A display of floral magnificence awaits you…Read More
A glorious spring garden, full of rhododendrons, magnolias, and other Himalayan species, that captures the spirit of the wild Himalayas. A 150-year-old giant Rhododendron arboreum…Read More
This garden was created with the purpose of educating visitors about the poisonous plants that can be found both in the wild and in our…Read More
Perhaps the most extraordinary part of the garden is its oldest, the Rock Close, the first stop on the circuit on the eastern side of…Read More
The Blarney Stone is not the only stone with legends attached to it. Just northeast of the Castle can be found a circle of nine…Read More
Banana, yuccas and cordylines provide structure in a border filled with vibrant colours, including the Bird of Paradise plant (Strelitzia reginae) and other species.Read More
Ask the Expert
Adam Whitbourn, Blarney Castle’s head gardener has over 25 years experience as a professional gardener. Working in gardens of all sizes and types (as well as his own), Adam has acquired a level of knowledge and expertise second to none. He really does have green fingers!
Head Gardeners Diary
November has been an incredibly mild month overall, and we are still waiting for any period of prolonged frost to…Read More
I am writing this in my office whilst the rain hammers against the windows. It has become a very familiar…Read More
As September finishes, I can already see signs of autumn, with a drop in temperature, our first real storm of…Read More
August has been another busy month for us, and I think we are starting to see the first signs of…Read More
July has been extremely busy, and I am delighted to see so many visitors exploring the full extent of the…Read More
June has flown by in a blur of watering, weeding and generally juggling jobs as we try to keep everything…Read More
I think May saw the garden shake off it’s spring coat and move firmly into summer dress mode! The growth…Read More
The gardens are looking truly fabulous right now. Every turn reveals another beautiful vista, be it drifts of tulips by…Read More
The colour in the gardens is amazing at the moment, with magnolias, cherries, rhododendron and various spring bulbs all competing…Read More
As we move into March, we can see that spring has arrived here in the gardens. In every corner there…Read More
I think that January is often seen as a slow month, but that is certainly not so for us here…Read More
December is now behind us and as we enter 2023, I find myself looking forward to what I hope will…Read More
The Autumn colour around the gardens is magnificent right now, and well worth a trip in to see. I love…Read More
October saw the start of autumn and the first hints of colour through the trees in the arboretums. The reds…Read More
September simply flew by, and autumn is on its way. I can see the colours starting to change in the…Read More
August was a very busy and interesting month for us here in the gardens. We launched this year’s sculpture trail,…Read More
As we exit June, I find myself feeling very positive about the coming summer season. Our overseas visitors are starting…Read More
May brought a sudden surge in growth throughout the grounds and gardens and we are surrounded by beautiful new growth,…Read More
April has seen an absolute riot of colour in the gardens and the show is only just beginning! The colours…Read More
I’m going to start by saying, if you haven’t visited Blarney Castle Gardens then you are truly missing out. The…Read More
Garden Walking Trails
The peaceful woodland walk is a quiet secluded area that leads to a circuit of the 21-acre Blarney Lake. Throughout the walk, you may hear the rustling from the red Squirrels and Jays that call the woodlands home.
Our 22 acre lake provides one of the most beautiful walks that is on offer on the estate! Taking about 45 mins to complete, this walk provides several opportunities to stop and admire the beauty of the lake but also the many waterfowl that call it home. On the lake be sure to look out for the resident family of swans.
This walk which runs west from the entrance to the Badgers Cave, follows the river Martin to the far end of our estate. Covered in a dense canopy, this walk accompanied by the sound of flowing river offers the chance of seeing the otters and kingfishers that call our estate home.
Conservation, Biodiversity and Wildlife
The estate boasts an impressive range of native wildlife. Blarney Castle & Gardens are the first estate in Ireland to be awarded the prestigious title of ‘Wildlife Estate’ from the European Landowners’ Organisation.
The native woodlands, rivers and lake within the inner estate and also in the separate pockets of ground around the village area, provide support for many increasingly rare species including otters, red squirrels, badgers, barn owls, buzzards, kingfishers, river lampreys, trout and salmon.
Thanks to Frank Brady for the wonderful photos!
Sculpture at the Castle 2023
Blarney Castle and Gardens would like to welcome you to Sculpture at the Castle 2023, an exhibition of contemporary sculpture in the picturesque surroundings of Blarney Castle’s Rock Close, Seven Sisters, Herbaceous Border, and Stable Yard.
We would like to thank the Sculptors for all their hard work over the past year to create this year’s showcase. Their enthusiasm, creativity and endeavour is an ongoing inspiration to us and we feel privileged to represent them.
Many hours have gone into the installation and maintenance of the sculptures. I would like to acknowledge Adam Whitbourne, Sean Brady, Stephen, Paul and everyone at Blarney Castle who have been generous with their time. Most importantly, I would like to thank Sir Charles and Lady Caroline Colthurst for their generous support and opening the gardens and hosting this exhibition.
We hope you enjoy the exhibition. If you would like more information about the exhibition or any particular piece of sculpture, please contact Kate at [email protected] .
Blarney Castle has a very strong history with equestrian. Visitors love to see the many horses and donkeys that we have on site.
The old stables can be seen at our Coach House Café but now the stables are located on the avenue as you walk towards the lake. Historically the estate was a venue for International Horse Trials and in more recent years was a host for a Irish Draft Horse event.