The Gardens

The Gardens

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.

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Board Walk and Water Garden

Board Walk and Water 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…

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Carnivorous Courtyard

Carnivorous Courtyard

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…

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Fern Garden & Ice House

Fern Garden & Ice House

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,…

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Great Trees

Great Trees

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,…

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Herbaceous Border

Herbaceous Border

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…

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Himalayan Valley

Himalayan Valley

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…

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Poison Garden

Poison Garden

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…

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The Rock Close

The Rock Close

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…

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The Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters

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…

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Tropical Border

Tropical Border

Banana, yuccas and cordylines provide structure in a border filled with vibrant colours, including the Bird of Paradise plant (Strelitzia reginae) and other species.

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Vietnamese Woodland

Vietnamese Woodland

The Vietnamese woodland is an ex-situ conservation project that is aimed at preserving plant species from Northern Vietnam. Many of the plants growing in the…

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Ask the Expert

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!

Adam loves to share tips, answer questions and talk about all things garden related so – make him happy – post your tips or email them to [email protected] or tweet him at @Blarney_Castle

Head Gardeners Diary

Sculptures, Roses and Honey
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June

Sculptures, Roses and Honey

As we exit June, I find myself feeling very positive about the coming summer season. Our overseas visitors are starting…

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A Magnificent May
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June

A Magnificent May

May brought a sudden surge in growth throughout the grounds and gardens and we are surrounded by beautiful new growth,…

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A Hectic April
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April

A Hectic April

April has seen an absolute riot of colour in the gardens and the show is only just beginning! The colours…

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March into Spring
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March

March into Spring

I’m going to start by saying, if you haven’t visited Blarney Castle Gardens then you are truly missing out. The…

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A Floriferous February
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February

A Floriferous February

February has brought the promise of spring, and there are signs of it all through the gardens. Pockets of multicoloured…

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Garden Walking Trails

Garden Walking Trails
  • Woodland Walk

    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.

  • Lake Walk

    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.

  • Riverside Walk

    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.

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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!

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Sculpture at the Castle 2022

Blarney Castle and Gardens would like to welcome you to Sculpture at the Castle 2022, 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] .

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Our Horses

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.