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Blarney Castle & Cork Day tour from Dublin

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Blarney Castle & Cork

 

Departure Time: 6:50AM (Arrive 10mins before)

Departure Location: Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street  See Map

Adult  -  €55

Student (13-16) / Senior – €50

Children (5-12)  -  €27.50

Infants (0-4) –  Free

 

Overview

Cork is known as Ireland’s second city, although the people that reside there believe that it is the “real” capital! Located right at the southern tip of Ireland, Cork is known for its historical landmarks and vibrant cultural scene.  This tour will take you on a voyage through history as you visit a castle, a monastery and Cork city itself. We provide time for you to explore Blarney Castle and the Rock of Cashel and to walk or relax in the surrounding gardens.  Our Cork and Blarney tour leaves Dublin daily at 6:50am and we arrive back in Dublin at about 7:00pm.  The detailed itinerary is below.

 

Itinerary

6:50am - Departing from Dublin
We depart early from the Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street. Your guide will do a quick introduction of the tour and we will be passing by the Guinness Factory as we head out of Dublin. On the way, we will tell you more about the sights that we pass in the city centre, and maybe advise on the weather you can expect for the day. Irish weather isn’t always our friend but we will certainly have a fantastic day regardless! As we leave Dublin behind, the urban landscape changes to that of the rolling hills and hedges of the Irish countryside. We’ll pass an area called The Curragh in County Kildare. This area is ideal for training horses, due to the sandy soil that creates excellent drainage. Not surprisingly, the Curragh race track is situated nearby. County Kildare is also well known for horse breeding and vast tracks of lands today are owned by the likes of the Agha Khan and Sheik Mohammed.
9:00am - Arrive at the Rock of Cashel
At the infamous Rock of Cashel, we visit the impressive Celtic Cathedral, which includes the Hall of Vicars, Cormack’s Chapel, which has one of Ireland’s oldest Romanesque wall paintings and the Round tower. All are perched on a solid rock ringed by a curtain wall, offering stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The Rock of Cashel is the seat of the archbishop of the diocese of Cashel and is the site of the historical synod of Cashel. It dates back from before the Anglo-Norman conquerors and contains an amazing collection of architecture, history and Romanesque art.
11:30am - Arrive in Cork City
We pass alongside the Knockmealdown Mountains, made famous by the folk song “Kitty Borne O’Brien”. This song is a lover’s lament for a young woman who emigrates from Ireland to Canada. Like most Irish songs, it is either about a broken heart or fighting with the English! Further along, we will see the Galtee  Mountains, Ireland’s highest inland mountain range. Its stony, scree-covered summit and the surrounding area provides stunning views. Cork city awaits us - a vibrant city filled with shops, great restaurants and pubs.  You have 90 minutes of free time to explore Cork – perhaps have lunch, visit the English Market or St Anne’s Church to ring the Shandon Bells.
1:15pm - Blarney Castle
We arrive at Blarney Castle, famous for its Blarney Stone. Blarney is more than this though; there are lovely wooded walks, splendid views and gardens to explore such as the Rock Close – a garden filled with Druidic rock formations, believed to date back to pre-historic times. To kiss the Blarney stone, you have to bend backwards when on the parrifits of the castle, holding onto iron railings- basically hanging upside down. The reward for your efforts: to be bestowed with the so-called ‘gift of the gab’.
4:45pm - Depart the Blarney Stone
We depart the Blarney Stone and return to Dublin, maybe listening to some Irish music and reflecting on the day’s experiences.
07:00pm - Back in Dublin
We arrive back in the capital of Dublin around 7 pm after an exciting and informative day.

Highlights

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

Blarney castle, Blarney tour

Blarney castle is a Medieval fort in Co. Cork, it was built by the Mac Carthy Clan in 1446. It is most famous for the Blarney stone, It is said that if you kiss the Blarney stone you receive the gift of eloquence. To kiss the Blarney stone you climb to the high parapet lean over the edge backwards and kiss the stone (not for those who are afraid of heights). The gardens are spectacular and are where I would recommend spending the Majority of your time.

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Rock Of Cashel

Cork Blarney Tour, The Rock Of Cashel

The Rock Of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel is in the county of Tipperary , It was originally  the seat of the King of Munster but in 1101 Muirchertach Ua Briain handed it over to the church. Most of the structure that is there today was built in the 12 and 13th century It is a very unique building for Ireland with Germanic influences on the Medieval Romanesque architecture. Discover the unique features and the fantastic collection of Celtic Art housed here.

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The English Market

The English Market, Cork and Blarney Day Tour

The English Market

One of the highlights that has to be visited in Cork is the English Market. Enjoy beautiful artisan food  it the beautiful surroundings of this stunning indoor food market. The Market dates back to 1788 but was seriously damaged by fire in 1980. It was painstakingly refurbished and returned to its former glory in 1993-94 and is a beautiful place to visit

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Shandon Bells

Shandon Bells  Cork and Blarney tour

Ring the Bells at St Annes

While in Cork take the opportunity to ring the Bells in St Anne’s Church .  Follow the instructions to play a tune on the Famous Shandon bells then climb the bell tower for a spectacular 360 degree view of Cork City

 

Reviews

Reviews

Cork, Blarney Castle

This tour was the highlight of our Dublin trip. Joey was the most awesome guide! We loved his singing and his stories. He is also an amazing cow whisperer. We highly recommend this tour!

Trip Advisor April 2017

Blarney Castle & Cork Day Trip

I had great day trip out of Dublin to Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle (yes, kissed the stone!) and a brief visit to Cork. The adventure was a long day but made so enjoyable by our guide Phil. He has a wonderful sense of humor imparting tons of history and facts! Honestly he made the trip! Thanks again Phil!

Trip advisor January 2017

Day trip to Cork, Blarney and Rock of Cashel

We booked this tour via Tourism Office (opposite Trinity College). Boarded the bus at 6:45AM, Bud (aka Patrick) is an awesome tour guide. He is a son of the soil, and very funny, affable and helpful fella. One of the best parts of the tour was his great witty saying, some quite subtle but if you get it rib splitting funny. I am still chuckling. We land at Rock of Castle, it was drizzling a bit, also got a long shot picture of the castle from the highway, thanks to Bud. The curios shop is manned by a very friendly, kind and the politest woman you will ever meet. Good prices. Next stop Blarney - once in a lifetime experience. You will go up a steep stairway, frighteningly good, then get to kiss the stone (I won’t say more, you have to do it yourself to truly experience this unique trip). The restaurant in the parking (cafe) is fantastic beyond words. The food the ambience, the servers just so good. The crowd was truly European, very nice, well dressed people with families, kids, babies etc. Very warm and fuzzy feeling, with Christmas decoration all over. Words cannot describe the good feeling. Then we stopped at the ‘Worlds largest Irish Shop” it might just be, another great stop. Very classy. Kids all over the place, well behaved and locals too, they looked well off. Next off to Cork, very short stay not even an hour, then went to an excellent cafe called Cork Coffee, then did the English Market. On the way back to Dublin we stopped at an old Irish town/ hamlet called Abbelleix, went to a 250 yr old pub. Excellent day, long though. Bud is an excellent bus tour guide. Highly recommended.

Trip advisor December 2016

Amazing day trip Dublin to Cork/Blarney Castle

We had quite the good time with our guide, Owen. He was very nice and made the trip entertaining. Blarney was a great site for us tourists. Cork was nice too, but especially for those who love shopping.

The ride is a bit long (but hey, can’t change the speed limit on the roads). Thanks once again to Owen who made it a great trip for us.

Visited October 2016

Trip advisor October 2016

Blarney Castle Tour is a must-do

Bud the tour guide took us to a couple of stops, including the BlarneyCastle. I had fun learning about Irish culture from him and listening to his music. This is a great way to see the countryside without renting a car or worrying about public transportation.

Trip advisor June 2016

FAQ

How long is the tour?  The tour takes between 12 and 12.5 hours .

Do we stop for lunch? .Yes, we factor your lunch break into your stop in Cork. Lunch is not included however feel free to bring a packed lunch if you wish.

Are all entrance fees covered?  Yes, the customer has no extra expense except for lunch.

What should I wear ?   We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing, a rain jacket and good footwear  as we spend a lot of time off the bus. Ground can be wet and muddy due to Ireland’s weather so we recommend suitable shoes are always worn.

Is there a reduction for student / seniors?  There is a €5 reduction for students and seniors.

Is there a reduction for children ?  Yes, children between 5yrs and 12yrs are half price.  Infants between 0yrs and 4yrs are Free.  Infant seats are available to add on the booking page at a cost of €15 each.  ( not compulsory ).

Is there a reduction for multiple bookings?  There is €5 reduction when you book a second tour and another €7 reduction on booking of a third tour.

Can we book this day tour as a private tour ?  Yes,  all our tours are available as private bookings for any group size.  For prices and further information please call our sales team at +00353 1 4100 700.

How Old is Blarney castle ?  It originated as a wooden fort but the building as we know it today dates to 1446.

Does the tour from Dublin to Blarney castle run every day? Yes, we run our day tour from Dublin to Blarney castle and Cork every day except Christmas Day.

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