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Cork and Blarney Castle Rail Tour from Dublin

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    Leave bright and early from Dublin Heuston Station on a morning train to Cork to begin your day trip. Have a leisurely breakfast on board as you traverse picturesque southern Ireland (all food and drinks are at your own expense), and then disembark in Cork and head straight to Blarney Castle, just a short coach jaunt from the city.  
    Tour the grounds and look for marked attractions such as rock formations fancifully named ‘Witch’s Kitchen’ and a ‘Poison Garden,’ housing a collection of poisonous plants. Then explore the castle ruins and learn a bit about the site’s beguiling and chaptered history. Climb to the top to visit the ‘Stone of Eloquence,’ known by many as the Blarney Stone; if you — like many others — wish to acquire the gift of eloquence, take your turn giving the stone a kiss.
    Next, take your newly refined speaking ability and head into the village of Blarney. Explore the colorful architecture, do a little shopping and enjoy lunch before heading back to Cork for a city tour.
    Your historical excursion concludes with a visit to Cobh and the Queenstown Story Heritage Center.  Explore the beautifully restored Victorian railway station that was the largest embarkation point for emigration in Irish history, and hear the harrowing and hopeful story of Annie, the first Irish emigrant to reach Ellis Island, as well as others like her. Then board the train for a relaxing return journey to Dublin, where your day trip ends at the station.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    This tour was great...plenty of time to do everything..never felt rushed. Four adults, two children...train was clean and comfortable, wifi, snacks and drinks.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Chris C
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    A lovely morning train ride complete with snacks trolley. It was a 2 1/2 hour trip to Cork, where our guide, David, safely transferred us from train to bus for the short trip to Blarney Castle. We had ample time here to explore the castle,...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank cruzenby21
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    My husband and I recently took this tour and we had a GREAT time! It was outstanding! Our guide Ian was absolutely fantastic! He took such good care of all of us. He was informative regarding the area's history, made sure to let us know...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank Shondra
    Reviewed June 24, 2019 via mobile

    This tour was excellent! The sights were beautiful and the trip was well-organized, but I think the best thing was the guide. Jonathan was unbelievably knowledgeable about Irish history, genealogy, and language, and he took the time to share some of what he knew. I’m...More

    2  Thank jasbah
    Reviewed June 23, 2019 via mobile

    Lovely gardens and the castle is a great tour unless you don’t like heights. In the castle The stairway is very steep and continues all the way to the top of the castle. People kiss the sone at the top and then pay for their...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Samantha K
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    September 5, 2018|
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    Response from Traci A | Reviewed this property |
    Yes, there is a cart that goes around with snacks, but don't plan on getting a meal on the train. Basically, drinks, danishes and some sandwiches are available along with some other snacks.
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    September 2, 2018|
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    Response from Roxanne J | Reviewed this property |
    I'm sure you can take and stow a folding wheelchair on the train and coach, however, you will get quite a workout pushing over uneven surfaces at Blarney. It is a little bit of a walk to get out to the castle and steps to... More
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    Paul K
    July 29, 2018|
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    Response from Roxanne J | Reviewed this property |
    Hey Paul, Do you have a question about this tour? I got an email stating you have a question but nothing shows up. I did this tour back in April and would be happy to answer any questions you have.
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