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Cork and Blarney Castle Rail Tour from Dublin

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    What to Expect
    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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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Heuston Station, St John's Rd W, Dublin, Ireland
    Departure Time
    7:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Host on trains
    • Information pack
    • Reserved seats on trains
    • Qualified driver-guide on coaches
    • All travel by rail and coach from Dublin
    • Entry/Admission - Blarney Castle & Gardens
    • Entry/Admission - Cobh Heritage Centre -The Queenstown Story
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • For infants 4 years and under, a fee of EUR15,00 per day is payable direct
    • Wheelchair accessibility: As long as the passenger has some mobility then this tour would be suitable. Trains in Ireland are wheelchair friendly. However, buses/coaches are not. The guest would have to be able to climb the steps onto the bus. Mobility Scooters cannot be accommodated on this tour.
    • This tour offers stops en route for photographs, shopping, etc
    • Due to operational reasons it may, on occasion, be necessary to alter certain itineraries
    • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Children U16 cannot book independently. They must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 53 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed October 24, 2018

    The transportation was taken care of but that was most of the trip. We went via train and then met a bus that took us to Blarney Castle and dropped us off for 3 hours. No tour of Blarney Castle was included. We then went...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
    3  Thank justme2Georgia
    Reviewed October 3, 2018

    Met us at Huston station and got us situated in the car. Had reserved sets. Trip was fine but train broke down and we had to switch to another train. This took about 20 minutes.. picked us up in Cork and took us to the...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    Thank K4247HXstephenc
    Reviewed October 2, 2018

    The tour started at the rail station in which the tour company had 3 different tours starting out together. The execution of the different destinations with the number of people attending was flawless and extremely well organized. The tour I was on was the Cork...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
    1  Thank Barb R
    Reviewed September 15, 2018

    So enjoyed the trip, our guides Norm and Margaret and only a minimal lineup to kiss the Blarney Stone. Loved every minute of the trip.

    Date of experience: September 2018
    1  Thank rhondawehrhahn
    InfoRTIFC, Manager at Cork and Blarney Castle Rail Tour from Dublin, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2018

    Thanks Rhonda, great to hear you had an amazing tour with Norman and Margaret! Kind Regards, Jennifer

    Reviewed September 3, 2018

    Kissing the Blarney Stone was very fun. Expect a long, tight climb to get to it. The surrounding gardens were also beautiful. This was a long day but included some shopping time in Blarney. Was disappointed in the bus as the air conditioning was not...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
    2  Thank Traci A
    InfoRTIFC, Manager at Cork and Blarney Castle Rail Tour from Dublin, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2018

    Hello, Thanks for your review. We appreciate your feedback as it enables us to improve. Firstly I am delighted to hear that you had a great time at Blarney Castle and Cobh. We were made aware that the air conditioning was not working on the...More

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    September 5, 2018|
    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.
    September 2, 2018|
    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
    Paul K
    July 29, 2018|
    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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