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Blarney Castle

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AN ANCIENT FORTRESS WITH A FAMOUS STONE

Located on the outskirts of Cork, in the South of Ireland, lovers of historic fortresses will want to visit Blarney Castle.

Traces of earlier, ruined fortifications on the site date back to before 1200. But this medieval stronghold was built in 1446 by Cormac MacCarthy, the Lord of Muscry. His family lineage included the rulers of Munster and the Kingdom of Desmond.

The fortress stands amidst lush woodlands so it’s no wonder the castle is such a popular attraction. Walk the grounds, see its standing stones, and learn about the history of this ancient building for a historic Irish experience.

One of the main highlights of visiting Blarney Castle is the famous Blarney Stone. It was known as the Stone of Eloquence, and visitors can find it still at the top of the tower. It is said that if you kiss the stone, you will never be lost for words again.

There are also so many other features to see and visit, such as the Badger’s Cave, the Wishing Steps, the Witch Stone, or the dungeon.

Nearby, you can also visit the Court, or what is left of it. You can still see the ruins of a Gothic mansion, the grand residence to the Castle, that was destroyed by fire in 1920.

There is an entrance fee to visit the castle and gardens. Purchase in advance to take advantage of the online discount.

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