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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Cork, Blarney and Rock of Cashel
Hubby and I loved this tour!! Our guide, Tony, was wonderful!! He told great stories and sang songs to amuse us during the long bus ride and his tales brought the history of Ireland alive for us. The stop at Cork was a bit disappointing because we didn’t know when we booked the tour that most things are closed on Sundays but we had a nice lunch at Thomond pub. The grounds of Blarney Castle are stunning. I only wish it had not been so cold and windy so we could have explored more. One of the kids on our tour lost his iPad there and Tony went to great lengths to get it back for him. There is a terrific gift shop as you exit the castle grounds and an even better shop Blarney Woollen where the bus was parked. I highly recommend this tour, although during a warmer time would make it much better. I cannot say enough nice things about Tony. He really made our day!!!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.