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Blarney Castle Full-Day Tour from Dublin

1. Blarney Castle Full-Day Tour from Dublin

Visit Ireland’s most famous castle on a full-day tour from Dublin. Enjoy free time to explore the city of Cork and visit Blarney Castle. Stroll in the footsteps of St Patrick at the Celtic Crosses and Round Tower. Meet your guide at Paddy's Palace in Dublin and hop aboard a comfortable and climate-controlled van for a scenic drive through green fields and dairy farms of the Golden Vale of County Cork. Enjoy panoramic views of the Galtee Mountains and County Tipperary. Stop in Cork on banks of the River Lee and spend an hour of free time exploring the city at your own pace. Have the option to visit the historic English Market, or marvel at the architecture of St. Finbarre’s Cathedral. Drive on to Blarney Castle, home of the legendary Blarney Stone. It’s said that if you kiss the stone you will receive the “gift of the gab” for 7 years. Pucker up and kiss the stone or snap a picture.  Explore the castle grounds and gardens to discover the Witch's Cave. Take advantage of the tax free shopping at the Blarney Woollen Mills and craft shop. Step back in time at the evocative Celtic Crosses and Round Tower. Depart for Dublin on a path through the Golden Vale of County Tipperary and arrive back in the city at night. 

Cork: Guided Historical Walking Tour

2. Cork: Guided Historical Walking Tour

Set out on a walking tour accompanied by a local guide. In a one-hour stroll through the city centre you will learn about Cork's history as a transatlantic and European trading hub. Walk along the curved main street, following the route of the river beneath it. Marvel at Cork Opera House and across the river, see the shape of Shandon church, with its distinctive red and white brick bell tower and clockfaces. Next, stroll down Carey's Lane to visit the Hugenot cemetery, before heading to the Coal Quay and Cornmarket Street. Along the widest street in Cork, Grand Parade, see Bishop Lucy Park, the Berwick fountain and the National memorial. Hear about Nano Nagle and her extensive humanitarian work in bringing education to the poorest classes while standing on a footbridge named in her honour. Then, explore St Finbar's Cathedral, the South Gate Bridge and Elizabeth Fort. See the boathouse entrances in the leading business quarter of the city known as South Mall. Finish the tour in Princes Street, at the main entrance to Cork's fascinating English Market.

Cork: Guided City Ebike Tour

3. Cork: Guided City Ebike Tour

Cork City, nestled on the banks of the River Lee in Ireland, is a captivating blend of rich history and mesmerizing sights. With a heritage spanning centuries, this vibrant city showcases a tapestry of architectural marvels and cultural treasures. Its most iconic landmark, the imposing St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, stands as a testament to Gothic Revival architecture, while the nearby Shandon Church with its distinctive red sandstone spire offers panoramic views of the city. Cycling through the narrow lanes, one encounters the remnants of ancient fortifications like Elizabeth Fort, evoking tales of battles and conquests. The city's medieval heart, the English Market, entices visitors with its vibrant stalls, brimming with fresh produce and artisanal delights. Steeped in tradition, this market has delighted locals and visitors alike for over two centuries. Cork City is also known for its renowned educational institutions, including University College Cork, founded in 1845. The university's beautiful grounds, adorned with elegant buildings and lush gardens, are a haven for scholars and seekers of knowledge. From its storied past to its vibrant present, Cork City stands as a captivating destination that seamlessly blends history, culture, and natural beauty. Whether strolling along its bustling streets or delving into its intriguing museums, this city captivates the hearts of all who visit.

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This was my first time spending quality time in cork, and my first time to do a walking tour in cork. I must say it was the best experience I have had and how lucky to meet Noel Welch. What a treasure you have with Noel, a man who was born and reared in Cork. He loves this city, and knows so much about it. The way he imparts the words in wisdom and experience in cork was memorable. We’ll be back Margarita and Peadar

You get approx 30 min at Cashel, 90 min in Cork, and 2 hours at Blarney Castle. It was the perfect amount of time in my opinion. 2 hours is more than enough to visit the park and the castle and kiss the stone if you want. We visited in November, so there was no waiting time for the stone. The guide was awesome! Told us some nice bits about Irish history.

Alex was excellent. He had tons of knowledge of the area, its history and points of interest. Everything was well organized and ran smoothly. Blarney was a highlight of our vacation, I definitely recommend this tour.

Fun tour stopping at rock of cashel, Blarney castle and a pub. Bus driver was entertaining. He helped make the dismally, rainy day fun!

Great tour! Our guide was what made it so special--thank you, Paul! We had ample time at each stop and learned a lot.