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Blarney Castle tour

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Blarney Castle & Cork

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  • Kiss The Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle
  • Visit the Rock Of Cashel
  • Explore Cahir Castle

 

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

Departure Location: Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street  See Map

 

Adult  -  €60

Student (13-16) / Senior – €55

Children (5-12)  -  €30

Infants (0-4) –  Free

 

Add a meal back in Dublin at The Riddler Restaurant serving modern Irish Food.

( Add on our booking page  -  Your guide can drop you off at the restaurant  )

 

Overview

The Blarney Castle & Cork tour features a guided coach tour of the Irish countryside, a visit to the world famous Blarney castle with its Blarney Stone.  You will also visit the medieval Cahair Castle  as well as an introduction to a historically significant monastic site called the Rock of Cashel once the home of the King of Munster before it was given to the church.

Itinerary

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.
11:30pm - 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’.
 
3:30pm - Arrive at Cahir Castle
Cahair Castle was once the stronghold of the powerful Butler family, the castle retains its impressive keep, tower and much of its original defensive structure. It is one of Ireland’s largest and best preserved castles. It is situated on a rocky island on the River Suir.
 
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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cahir castle, Blarney tour

Cahir Castle

 Cahair Castle was once the stronghold of the powerful Butler family, the castle retains its impressive keep, tower and much of its original defensive structure. It is one of Ireland’s largest and best preserved castles. It is situated on a rocky island on the River Suir.

Reviews

Reviews

Blarney castle, Cashel and Cahill

Great day tour with Bobo. The trip was fun and informative with commentary by Bobo. If don’t want to kiss the Blarney Stone you really need (highly recommended) to tour the grounds it is extensive and it has a lot of surprising area. Love the Rock of cashel. Thanks for great tour.

Trip advisor July 2018

Blarney day tour

Our Bus driver Alec was absolutely incredible. Started off the morning with jokes to wake us up, very knowledgeable about almost everything we went by and added in some humor to keep us engaged in what he was saying, Rock of Cashel was awesome, he showed us around the cathedral and then we had time to do exploring of our own, Bus had a fan belt malfunction on our way to Blarney, but the Tour Company was quick to respond and the delay only ended up being for 45 minutes, where repairs usually take far longer, a person in our group had mobility issues, and our Bus Driver was very kind, as he drove the bus over to an easier to reach location so that she wouldn’t have to walk all the way to where the bus was previously, Cahr castle was awesome, and he once again moved the bus to an area that was easier for her to reach. Drive back was quick with a nice stop between Cahr and Dublin. Would highly recommend to anyone who has children, there’s wifi, and the rest stops between locations make the drive feel much shorter than it is. Thank you so much to Alec,

Trip advisor July 2018

Blarney Castle

We took the day trip from Dublin that included Blarney Castle, Rock of Cashel and Cahair Castle. Had no real expectations except for Blarney castle and all of them were blown out of the water. The drive was so peaceful and our driver gave an excellent bit of history on the way. Seeing the country was beautiful and the tours of each site was amazing. I stumbled across this company on Trip Advisor and it was a highlight of the entire trip. Fantastic company and well worth the price.

Trip Advisor June 2018

Rock of Cashel and Blarney Castle

While this tour was by far the biggest bus tour we took on our trip (bus with appx. 60+ people), it was still wonderfully organized and the sights were amazing. Blarney Castle was one of my favorites on my whole trip because it is intact and you can explore the whole thing almost! I definitely recommend beelining straight for the Blarney Stone upon arrival, otherwise you will be waiting a while. We were up and out from that part of the viewing in less than 20 minutes. The grounds at Blarneywere really fun to explore, too! Rock of Cashel was breathtaking. We visited a few other stops as well and also were given time to eat and shop at Blarney Woolen Mills. Highly recommend Irish Day Tours to visit these sites!

Trip advisor June 2018

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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