Plan Visit

Castle & Gardens Open All Year Round!

Built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftans, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention ever since. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney making it a world landmark and one of Ireland’s greatest treasures.

Now that might have something to do with the Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of our tower. Kiss it and you’ll never again be lost for words.

Blarney Castle is situated in Blarney Village which is 8 km northwest from Cork city in the South of Ireland. See the map below for more details.

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    Opening Times

    Castle & Gardens Open All Year Round!

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    Tickets & Prices

    Buy in advance online.

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    Getting Here

    Our locations is easy to spot from most parts of the city

Opening Times

Explore the entire gardens, mystical rock close, dungeons, caves, lake walk & much more!

Jan/Feb/Mar 9.00am - 5.00pm (Last Admission 4.00pm)
Apr 9.00am to 5.30pm (Last Admission 4.30pm)
May/Jun/Jul/Aug/Sep 9.00am to 6.00pm (Last Admission 5.00pm)
Oct 9.00am to 5.30pm (Last Admission 4.30pm)
Nov/Dec 9.00am to 5.00pm (Last Admission 4.00pm)
Dec 24th & Dec 25th Closed
Dec 26th & Jan 1st 10.00am to 5.00pm (Last Admission 4.00pm)

Book your Tickets!

Buy tickets in advance online or at our ticket office on arrival. We do not have timed slots.

Adult Admission €18
Student/Seniors (60 years and over) €14
Children (8-16 years / under 8 free) €8
Family (2 adults + 2 children) €45
Souvenir Audio Guide €6
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Directions & Travel Information

Blarney Castle is situated in Blarney Village which is 8 km northwest from Cork city in the South of Ireland. See the map below for more details.

Directions from Cork Airport

  • From Airport follow signs for City Centre
  • From City Centre follow signs for Limerick (N20)
  • Travel for 7 km; exit left (signposted Blarney)
  • Arrive at Blarney

Directions from Shannon

  • By Car: Follow the road to Limerick. Then follow signs for Mallow and take the turn off before Cork City to Blarney.
  • By Bus: There is a direct bus from Shannon Airport to Cork City, check out www.buseireann.ie for information on bus timetables.

There are no direct routes via train from Shannon to Cork.

Directions from Dublin

  • By Car: It takes 3-4 hours to get from Dublin to Cork. Take the N8 motorway and follow the signs south for Cork, then on to Blarney.
  • Public Transport: Trains leave for Cork on a regular basis. Check www.irishrail.ie for further information on timetables. Or phone Kent Train Station, Cork; Telephone + 353 21 456 766 www.buseireann.ie for bus timetables Aircoach: a bus leaves Dublin airport eight times a day directly for Cork, it is the cheapest way but can take anywhere from 5-7 hours depending on traffic. See www.aircoach.ie for more information.

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Need To Know More?

If you have a question or comment that is not listed below, feel free to email
[email protected] for more information.

  • Q. Do you have to buy tickets online?

    A. No, tickets can be bought online or on arrival at our ticket office

  • Q. Do you have timed slots?

    A. No, we do not have timed slots. You can visit any time during our opening hours.

  • Q. Do you accept credit cards?

    A. Yes we accept Visa and Mastercard.

  • Q. How long does it take to visit the Castle & Gardens?

    A. We would recommend 3 hours to visit both the Castle & Gardens.

  • Q. Do you have guide maps available?

    A. Maps are available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Chinese. Please ask our staff if you require a map other than English.

  • Q. Do you have audio guides available?

    A. We have audio guides available in English. Cost €6.

  • Q. Do you have a cafe on site?

    A. Yes, we have a cafe, (no.12 on your map) and a coffee hut just inside this entrance.

  • Q. Are the Castle & Gardens wheelchair accessible?

    A. The Castle is not accessible but a portion of the grounds/gardens are. If you have a disability, please alert our staff as there is no charge for entry.

  • Q. Is a student/college I.D. required?

    A. Yes to purchase a student ticket.

  • Q. What age qualifies for a child ticket?

    A. Anyone aged 8-16

  • Q. Can Children kiss the stone?

    A. Yes, but kids under the age of 8 are up to the discretion of the staff member.

  • Q. Are dogs allowed?

    A. No. Dogs are not allowed except for guide dogs/assistance dogs.

  • Q. Are bicycles allowed?

    A. No, bicycles, scooters, roller blades or any ball games are not allowed within the park.

  • Q. Can you fly drones?

    A. No. As a private estate this is not allowed.

  • Q. Are tickets refundable?

    A. No, we offer a change of date only.

  • Q. Do you have a car park on site?

    A. Yes, its is a €2 flat fee for the duration of your visit. Our car park closes at our designated closing time. Any cars released after this will incur a €40 penalty.