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Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin

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Overview

Enhance your experience of Ireland with a full-day excursion to three of the country’s top attractions. From the comfort of a luxury coach, travel through the Irish countryside to visit Blarney Castle, famed for the enchanting Blarney Stone, which grants those who kiss it the gift of gab. See, too, Cahir Castle and the Rock of Cashel Cathedral and gain insight into the region’s rich heritage from your guide.
  • See three top Ireland attractions in one day on a full-day trip from Dublin
  • Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
  • Tour the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary
  • Transport by luxury, air-conditioned coach

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Molly Malone Statue , Suffolk St, Dublin 2, D02 KX03, Ireland

Your driver/guide will meet you at the Molly Malone Statue. Please be there 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

6:50 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Greet your guide at a central Dublin location and climb aboard a luxury, air-conditioned coach destined for County Kildare. Gaze at the rolling green hills of the Irish countryside, and listen to commentary from your guide as you go. 

After passing through picturesque areas like County Tipperary and County Kildare, arrive at the ancient fortress of Blarney Castle, famed for one of Ireland’s best-loved treasures, the Blarney stone. Ascend to the castle’s tower to kiss the Blarney stone and receive, according to legend, the skill of speaking in a charming and eloquent manner. 

Travel onward to Cahir Castle and the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. Hear the legends that surround the imposing twin towers of the cathedral and take a guided tour of the structure’s Hall of Vicars and Cormac’s Chapel, home to the oldest Romanesque wall painting in Ireland. 

Return to the coach for the journey back to Dublin, where the tour concludes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Molly Malone Statue
We will meet in front of the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street. Our exciting day tour will begin by travelling through Ireland’s southern terrain. Before leaving you’ll meet your fun-loving and knowledgeable tour guide and your fellow travel companions!
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Rock of Cashel
The Rock of Cashel is a multi-period monastic site, which was a fortress before it became the seat of the bishop of the diocese of Cashel, and venue where the historical Synod of Cashel was held. Visit the Great Cathedral, the Hall of Vicars Choral, Cormack's Chapel (with one of Ireland's best preserved Irish frescoes and Romanesque architecture) and a Round tower, all perched on a solid rock ringed by a curtain wall- most of it dating back from before the Cambro-Norman conquerors came to Ireland in the late 12th Century.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Blarney Stone
Kiss the Blarney stone, situated on the parapets of the castle, to gain the gift of eloquence - that is the ability to persuade people and being able to talk yourself out of trouble… Discovery Travel Channel lists kissing the Blarney Stone amongst its 99 things to do before you die!
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Blarney Castle, built by the McCarthy clan over 600 years ago, still retains its old world charm with its towers, battlements and gated entrance built on a rocky outcrop. Rock close is a magical garden filled with enchanting druidic rock formations, water features and exotic plants. The grand Scottish baronial style Blarney House is reflects a bygone era of wealth and statesmanship.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cahir Castle
For our last stop of the day, we will arrive at Cahir Castle in County Tipperary. Cahir Castle is one of Ireland's most preserved castles still boasting a lot of its original structure. Originally built as a defensive castle it is situated on a rocky island on the River Suir. Enjoy a presentation on the history of the castle to begin your experience exploring the beautiful Cahir Castle.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Extreme Ireland
To finish off, we’ll arrive back in Dublin to reminisce about all of the exciting highlights!
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants are welcome, provided that customers bring their own safety seats
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please be at the meeting point 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Irish Day 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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin?
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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin?
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
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What is the social distancing policy during Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "Also at Blarney there was an enormous all things Irish gift shop, that is a must!" See review
  • "Blarney castle is beautiful and kissing the Blarney stone is a must!" See review

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star-5
Don't be late, lots of walking, absolutely worth it!
Emerence_L
, Aug 2022
Absolutely amazing trip. Keep in mind that there is a lot of walking and show up at the bus early or at the least on time because there is a limit and the bus driver does not have time to wait. It was a little scary to find the bus in the morning but most of the bus drivers are good at coming and making sure they get everyone on the correct bus! I would absolutely recommend this though! Absolutely beautiful and our driver was the best!
star-4
Tour to Blarney
Elisa_M
, Aug 2022
Barry was a great tour guide. Timing for all stops felt just right. Barry also gave a lot of interesting and helpful information about Dublin and the stops on our way to Blarney and the other stops. He had a nice mix of music in between talks.
star-5
Great day out. Driver David made it even better.
PHILIP_A
, Aug 2022
Our driver David was great, lovely man and made us all feel welcome. He was very knowledgeable and had some fun historical anecdotes and great groan worthy jokes :-) He was also very patient with some stragglers and went above and beyond to locate people.
star-5
We are SO GLAD we took this tour!
Glenn_H
, Aug 2022
Our family of four had a fantastic time on this day tour. Our driver and guide, Connor, met us exactly at the specified time and meeting place. The castles were amazing! Connor was informative and entertaining — he even sang some Irish tunes for us along the way. We have great memories of the day.
star-5
Great tour. Lots of walking
Jason_T
, Aug 2022
The tour for Blarney Castle, Rock of Cashil and Cahir castle is an all day event. ** Leaves early, make sure you plan a breakfast before you leave or bring snacks. ** Our guide Connor was an excellent and informative guide. He knows so much about Dublin and adds humour and fun for the long bus rides. Also to mention, he can drive a bus where I wouldn’t drive a smart car. Amazing to see the downtown Dublin, country side and castles. The tours are self guided except the Cahir castle. Connor explains everything you need to know and where to go before you get off the bus. Rock of Cashil is steep walk to get to it, but the views are outstanding. Worth the hike. Blarney castle and the surrounding attractions are amazing. Cahir castle is the easiest to get to and the guide was amazing.
star-5
Great guide makes for a great day!!
Laura_H
, Aug 2022
Awesome tour and guide!! Our guide, Connor, was not only incredibly knowledgeable, he was funny and quite entertaining! We had a wonderful day!!! Thank you Connor!!
star-5
Our Tour Guide/bus driver...
David_A
, Aug 2022
Our Tour Guide/bus driver was excellent! Castle visits were amazing. Would recommend this tour to everyone interested in tours in Dublin.
star-5
Blarney
MaryBeth_B
, Aug 2022
We really enjoyed touring the Blarney Castle. Barry was an excellent driver and guide. Great day trip.
star-5
3 unique sites in 1 day!
Kathleen_B
, Aug 2022
Great day visiting 3 castles! Joe was a great tour guide full of good craic and great driving! Would highly recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
wonderful day
Jennifer_K
, Aug 2022
Great tour. Aubrey was amazing! We saw everything we needed to see and then some. We would have lived another hour at the Blarney stone location to shop and walk into town - but the tour was great!
star-5
This was a very enjoyable...
Arlene_E
, Jul 2022
This was a very enjoyable tour. Our bus driver and tour guide, Finn, was excellent. He was very knowledgeable, fun and flexible on the tour. He added on a half hour at the Blarney Castle when some people needed food and wanted to buy souvenirs. It was busy the day we were there, so he adjusted our schedule to make sure everyone had a great experience. The Castle and grounds were beautiful. The entire drive seeing the countryside was beautiful. We did stop by a couple of other castles as well on this tour.
star-5
Exceeded my expectations
KayleaBrase
, Jul 2022
I thoroughly enjoyed the day trip to southern Ireland. Our guide, Derek, was delightful. He kept us on time, sang us an Irish song, and gave us important and interesting information about each place we visited. The bus was comfortable and I was able to catch a good nap in between the main sites. Rock of Cashel was definitely worth visiting. So much history and significance. And Blarney Castle exceeded my expectations with the whole experience: the castle, the stone, the cave, and the many gardens. I hadn't heard of the Cahir Castle before, but I learned a lot from the guided tour. We only had a few minutes to walk through the rest of the castle on our own after the tour, but I didn't mind since we had already spent enough time at Rock of Cashel and Blarney. A wonderful tour all in all, and I came home with many good stories to tell
star-5
Wonderful Castle Tour!
Robyn_O
, Jul 2022
We visited the Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle, and Blarney Castle. All were amazing but my favorite was the Rock of Cashel. Highly recommend! Garand (I am sure I am mispelling his name!) was great and shared a lot of interesting facts throughout the tour.
star-5
Our tour guide Aiden was...
Anita_O
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide Aiden was great. He told fun stories. Awesome day. We enjoyed getting to kiss the Blarney Stone.
star-5
Great trip enjoyed by all
LonnieJoe_S
, Jul 2022
Guide was very informative and funny. Great experience but needed a little more time at the Blarney castle to shop😉
star-5
Great day!
Stacey_P
, Jul 2022
Very fun day! Our tour guide was great. I would definitely recommend this trip if you want to see castles because you go to 3 in one day, which I haven't seen offered anywhere else.
star-5
Barry did a great job as...
Kathrine_P
, Jul 2022
Barry did a great job as driver and tour guide. The coach was clean and the views were awesome. Would have liked a little more time for shopping at Blarney castle as it took almost the entire time just to kiss the stone.
star-5
Barry was a superb driver...
Joe_M
, Jul 2022
Barry was a superb driver and guide. He was informative and entertaining, and kept us on schedule with plenty of time for on-site activities.
star-5
Kissing the blarney stone
Joyce_B
, Jul 2022
Well the most memorable was my picture of me kissing the Blarneystone! Something I dreamed about for a long time. But we had two other really interesting castle experiences as well on this trip. Our driver, and I don’t remember his name, was very knowledgeable and gave us lots of information before we went to each site. He also played Irish music when he was not giving us information. I appreciated the times he did talk because he also allowed us to enjoy the music and the scenery along our drive. It was a very good day for all five of us. I got to see my two grandkids also kiss the Blarney Stone!
star-5
Great experience
PoeziaMicandra_D
, Jul 2022
Great knowledgeable and funny guide, Barry! Enjoyed the the ride, the sites and and historical information. Will be back for more tours.

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