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Shore Excursion From Cork: Including Blarney Castle and Kinsale

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Shore Excursion From Cork: Including Blarney Castle and Kinsale

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icon8 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Maximize your time in the beautiful city of Cork on an enriching full-day shore excursion to Blarney Castle and other historical highlights. Greet your courteous guide at Cork Harbour and travel through the splendid Irish countryside to the ancient structure of Blarney Castle. Gain free admission to the 13th-century landmark and kiss the world-renowned Blarney Stone for good luck. Return to Cork for a panoramic coach tour of the city’s sights; visit the charming town of Kinsale; and make a brief stop in Cobh, famed for being the departure point of the ill-fated Titanic, before returning to Cork Harbour.
  • Explore the best of County Cork on a shore excursion
  • Visit the world-famous Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone
  • Stop in Kinsale and Cobh for free time
  • All entrance fees and round-trip port transfers included
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Driver/guide
Live commentary on board
Port pickup and drop-off
Blarney Castle and Gardens Entry Fee included
Air-conditioned vehicle
WiFi on board
Back at port 1 hour before last boarding.
Gratuities
Lunch
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Port of Cobh , Kilgarvan, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland

Cobh (Cork) Cruise Ship Terminal - We collect passengers from the cruise ship at 07:30 for departure @ 08:00. If your ship docks later than 07:30, don't worry! The tour will begin 30 minutes after disembarkation commences.

  • Cobh Port
  • Ringaskiddy Port
  • 8:00 AM
    This activity will end right where it started.We collect passengers from the cruise ship at 07:30 for departure @ 08:00. If your ship docks later than 07:30, don't worry! The tour will begin 30 minutes after disembarkation commences. Example. If you dock at 11:00 am, we will operate the tour as soon as customers have disembarked the liner.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Booster/Baby seats required, and available. Please advise if you require at booking.
    • Collapsible scooters and wheelchairs can be stored under coach. Responsibility for the passenger for the day.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 58 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Paddywagon Tours
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Shore Excursion From Cork: Including Blarney Castle and Kinsale?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    See all safety measures taken by Shore Excursion From Cork: Including Blarney Castle and Kinsale.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Shore Excursion From Cork: Including Blarney Castle and Kinsale?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Shore Excursion From Cork: Including Blarney Castle and Kinsale.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Shore Excursion From Cork: Including Blarney Castle and Kinsale?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Shore Excursion From Cork: Including Blarney Castle and Kinsale.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Shore Excursion From Cork: Including Blarney Castle and Kinsale?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    See all safety measures taken by Shore Excursion From Cork: Including Blarney Castle and Kinsale.

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    • "Don't miss exploring everything else here because it's absolutely worth it." See review
    • "This is a wonderful deal and well worth the money!" See review
    • "The tour allows three hours at Blarney which seems like a lot but if you are wanting to kiss the stone be prepared to wait in line for 1+ hours." See review

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    star-4
    The guide was hilarious...
    Michael_P
    , Jun 2022
    The guide was hilarious and very courteous …,.,,,….,,,,,hahahahahsxhchxhxxhxhxxhxhxhucucuufuucjxjcjvjcjcjjcncnfnc n Jeff m nxnccnn cnfmm. Mom mcm mcm. Mcm mcmmcmcmvmcmcmcmcmv
    star-4
    Blarney
    Brenda_T
    , Jun 2022
    Blarney castle was breathtaking. Did not see Kinsale as worth it. Nothing there. Line to get in at castle was 1 hr long. Guide made special efforts to be ahead of crowds.
    star-5
    Love the Blerney Stone tour. Paddywagon tours are great!
    Chris_P
    , May 2022
    We loved this tour. We weren't going to go up all the way to kiss the Blarney Stone but we did it and we're so glad we did. It was great experience. The tour guide was great and it was a fun experience.
    star-5
    Blarney Castle Fun!
    d2gredvig
    , May 2022
    Paddywagon and our driver, Aidan, made the tour enjoyable! We were able to see Blarney Castle, kiss the Blarney Stone, which has enhanced our eloquence (lol), woolen mills, and great recommendation for lunch in Kinsale. Wonderful Day! Thank you!
    star-5
    Beautiful Ireland Countryside & Blarney Castle
    designerdeb7
    , May 2022
    Our friendly & Informative coach driver was prompt, gave us interesting history and stories and got us back to port on time. Blarney Castle and grounds are beautiful and worth seeing.. The line to The Blarney Stone held up the only negative was the line to Blarney Stone was too long and we had hit traffic on the ride to the castle. We skipped this part as we had been there before years earlier. Everything else was as expected.
    star-5
    Nice day out and excellent tour guide!
    kupton2019
    , Oct 2019
    Blarney Castle and grounds were beatuiful. Mike, our guide with Paddywagon tours was entertaining and talked to us a lot. He was humorous and interesting throughout.
    star-4
    Great tour company
    Tim_T
    , Sep 2019
    Paddy-wagon was the best. I would have giving 5 out of 5 but they changed kissing the stone, line was way too long, and they now charge you for the certificate after. Could have used at least 1 if not 2 more hours there.
    star-5
    Outstanding!
    Terri_S
    , Sep 2019
    We booked Paddy Wagon independent of our ship offering. Bus was easy to find, driver/guide was super informative and entertaining. Really recommend this group. (We used it in Dublin too and were just as satisfied.)
    star-5
    Funniest tour guide ever!
    Yoeri L
    , Sep 2019
    Great tour, comfortable, funny tour guide who also actually sang Irish songs along the way (and quite good!!). Nice experience with paddywagon, we were the first to arrive at Blarney Castle, avoiding the long lines which formed after our arrival. Would recommend. Back in Port with an hour to spare, felt relaxed about making it back to the ship throughout the excursion.
    star-5
    Cork Tour Kinsale and Blarney Castle
    Daniel_A
    , Aug 2019
    Nice tour of Irish countryside and Blarney Castle. The tour allows three hours at Blarney which seems like a lot but if you are wanting to kiss the stone be prepared to wait in line for 1+ hours. which won't leave much time to see the gardens and mansion. The tour was nice with stops at a few locations.
    star-5
    Best driver ever!
    JoAnna_K
    , Aug 2019
    Loved Gabriel our driver, lots of stories about the history of Ireland and he has a wonderful singing voice as he graced us with 2 beautiful ballads. The castle was great and the stop for lunch in Kinsale was a nice treat
    star-5
    Great Tour and Guide
    suncoast52
    , Aug 2019
    Gabriel, our tour guide/bus driver was fantastic. He sang, told stories, and provided excellent information. He took us to Blarney Castle first so we didn't have to wait in line. We went up the stairs in the castle without waiting. The drive and information provided through Cobh and Cork was interesting and Gabriel provided a lot of information. Unfortunately, because of a change in the cruise line schedule we unable to go to Kinsale.
    icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
    Hey there, Thank you for taking the time to review our CORK SHORE EXCURSION. We're delighted to hear you had a 5-star experience! We'll be sure to pass your kind comments to your guide, Gabriel. You were very lucky to make it to Blarney Castle with no queues to kiss the most famous stone in THE WORLD! Hopefully, we'll see you on another Paddywagon tour in the future! PW Team
    star-4
    Great Guide and driver. Shorted on tour
    Richard_R
    , Aug 2019
    Would have given this a rating of five were it not that a good portion of our tour was canceled. We never had the chance to go or see any part of Kinsale. While I know that these things are beyond the control (Viator) nonetheless we did not get what we paid for! Had I booked a tour with or through the ship and that happened they would have refunded part or all of our money. As mentioned in the subject the driver that we had on this particular bus and acting as a tour guide was terrific
    icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
    Hey guys, Thank you for your review of our CORK SHORE EXCURSION. We're delighted to hear you had a great experience with our guide visiting Blarney Castle & Gardens and Cork City. Unfortunately, due to the ship leaving Cobh port at 3:00 pm, we could not visit Kinsale as we needed to have you guys back to the ship on time. This is a very rare occurrence as liners usually dock until evening which gives us ample time to visit all areas. Hopefully, we'll see you again in the future! PW Team
    star-5
    Fun, informative
    Nancy_G
    , Jul 2019
    Blarney castle and gardens were interesting, beautiful and rich with history. Our tour guide Gabriel was the best tour guide that we have ever had. He was passionate about his roots and history, he was funny and engaging. He even sang us some Gaelic songs about the Irish history. It was fabulous!
    star-5
    Great Day Tour
    Gary_S
    , Jul 2019
    We had a truly enjoyable trip to Blarney Castle. What we loved was the fact that we got there early, before the lines formed, so we were able to kiss the Blarney Stone and still have plenty of time to tour the castle grounds, which are the best part of the visit. Later tours were trapped in long lines to kiss the stone and they would have had little time to see the beautiful gardens and grounds.
    star-5
    Cork shore excursio. Including kinsale and blarney castle
    Carmelita_M
    , Jun 2019
    Very nice castle the tour guide was nice. Explain everything.the service was good the driver is polite e enjoy the rides.
    star-5
    Excellent
    wing l
    , Jun 2019
    The Driver/Tour guide, Val was fantastic. Enjoyable day, despite the rain. I would recommend without hesitation.
    star-5
    One of the best times on our vacation
    mcginthy
    , Jun 2019
    I think I liked this tour the best on our vacation. The Castle was amazing and we made the climb to kiss the Blarney Stone. We toured the countryside and had a nice lunch in Kinsale, and took a walking look see around the quaint town. On the return, we took a very scenic route and enjoyable city tour.
    star-5
    Great Guide to Blarny Castle
    paul_f
    , May 2019
    Value our guide encouranged by our busload of tourists gave a great commentary about Ireland, it's people and the attractions visited Blarny Castle, Kinsdale ( a quaint lovely old small seaport
    star-5
    Blarney Castle
    David_D
    , May 2019
    First off we had great weather with mostly clear blue skies. This made our photos and our trip really worth it. The problem is time to see the castle, kiss the Blarney stone, and see the amazing gardens.

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