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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 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
    Reviewed June 19, 2019

    We took this day trip in mid June while on vacation in Ireland. It's a long day at 13 hours but so worth it. We had rented a car and were driving around Ireland, so this was a nice break where we could all sit...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Diane S
    Reviewed June 9, 2019

    We discovers Irish Rail Tours in searching a way to visit Cork and Ring of Kerry within the time frame available to us. Advertised as "first class" it was everything promised and more. From the time we met our guide at Heuston station until the...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank DWS-Toronto
    Reviewed January 1, 2019

    This is a 13 hr trip. Be prepared. It was a great trip though. My favorite part was Blarney Castle and Woolen Mills. They have really made it into a great tourist attraction. It is a 4 story climb up a steep, spiral staircase with...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
    1  Thank srl4803
    Reviewed November 18, 2018

    Enjoyed my day out with Irish rail tours. Met as usual at Heuston station and escorted by Andy who is always a laugh and very helpful with any information. Andy was also our guide for the day. Arrived at Cork and boarded a coach Spent...More

    Date of experience: November 2018
    2  Thank puffinphilly
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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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