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Cobh (Cork) to Blarney Castle Half Day Shore Tour

Cobh (Cork) to Blarney Castle Half Day Shore Tour

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Cobh, Ireland
icon4 hours  (approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
icon4 hours  (approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Maximize your time in Cork on a half-day shore excursion from Cobh, and benefit from departure times tailored to your time in port. Discover regional highlights such as Blarney Castle, the Blarney Stone, and the city of Cork, and hear regional insights provided by your driver-guide. Relax with round-trip transfer from your port and free time to shop at Blarney Woolen Mills.
  • Avoid hidden costs with included admission to Blarney Castle and Gardens
  • Maximize your time with a comprehensive sightseeing itinerary
  • Travel between dispersed locations with ease via bus
  • Gain insight into the region from your driver-guide
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Live commentary on board from local experienced guides
Pick up from your ship and return to same
Storage for wheelchairs, scooters, etc
Entry To Blarney Castle and Gardens
Free Time To Visit Blarney Woollen Mills
Air-conditioned vehicle
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Port of Cobh , Kilgarvan, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland

This tour will depart at 8am or 30 minutes after disembarkation begins - which ever is later. When you get off your ship, turn right for the gates which will be in view. Look for our uniformed team holding signs with "Butlers Shore Tours" on it.

8:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Front seats can be reserved if you have mobility issues (let us know after you book)
  • Good agility is required for kissing The Blarney stone which has lots of challenging steps up to it
  • Live commentary is while on the bus only - Blarney Castle is a self guided tour.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Butlers Shore 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.

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  • "I'd recommend this tour, but the train to Cork leaves from dock and arrives at Cork station with bus to Blarney castle that may afford you the added time to kiss and shop." See review
  • "One must traverse the narrow halls to climb to the top of the castle." See review

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star-5
Excellent
Mythili_S
, Jul 2022
The guide was truly funny. Blarney castle was a blast!! Great gardens too. Would highly recommend this tour
star-5
good trip - did what it said on the tin!
Carol_Y
, Jul 2022
The politeness of the tour guide and driver, and the knowledge of the tour guide. The trip was exactly as described and well run.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for your review Carol. I am delighted our tour was exactly as you expected
star-5
Great tour round Cork 🇮🇪
Geoff_D
, Jun 2022
Really enjoyable day out Kevin was knowledgeable and funny. Good organised tour with lots of local info Much better than the Ships tours booked on line, the coach was ready and waiting and easy to find Many Thanks
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We love to think we are much better than the ships tours but thanks for the confirmation.
star-5
Amusing but informative commentary.
Jean_G
, May 2022
Blare castle was super. We were delighted with our guide, Kevin who was extremely knowledgable and highly entertaining.
star-5
Kissing the Blarney Stone is worth the wait.
Jennifer_M
, May 2022
May 2022 - IIan was great! Very informative and nice. Punctual. Kissing the Blarney Stone was fun and worth the 30-minute wait in line. There are quite a few stairs, but it’s not bad since you are in line - you don’t have to walk it all at one time. There are places to take pictures inside the castle on the way up as you wait in line. And after you kiss the stone - which is at the top - there are more places in the castle to take pictures on the way down. They will take pics as you miss the Stone and you can have someone take pics or a video as well. Their pics are available for purchase for a small fee of once you exit the castle. Beautiful grounds.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your lovely review Jennifer - I am delighted you had a great shore tour to Blarney Castle which is deservedly rated as one of Ireland's top attractions.
star-5
Enjoyable Outing
David_R
, May 2022
We had a great experience visiting Blarney Castle and Cobh. Ian was our guide and bus driver. He was very informative.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your review. I am delighted you enjoyed your shore tour to Blarney. Look us again next time you are here.
star-5
Blarney Castle
William_W
, Nov 2019
It was a beautiful day to visit & our driver was very knowledgeable. The walk up the stairs to the Blarney stone was challenging if you are not in fairly good physical condition.
star-4
I have Gift of Gab! Blarney castle was interesting.!
Climber782875
, Oct 2019
One must traverse the narrow halls to climb to the top of the castle. Scenery is lovely! Pictures explain rooms. Bus driver great & knowledgeable!!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you so much for your great review, we are delighted you enjoyed our tour. I hope to have you on board again in the future, Warm regards, Louise and all at Butlers
star-5
Great talking
Pam W
, Sep 2019
Very informative and many jokes along the way. Our guide loved to talk and kept up the conversations with good knowledge of the areas.
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star-4
Delayed start meant longer line to kiss the Blarney Stone
DANIEL_E
, Aug 2019
Nice to have the Irish Coffee provided at stop in Cobh on the way back. Driver was also the tour guide and was excellent. Learned a lot. Tour left a bit late waiting for 9 person group. Broke their own rules of no more than 30 minutes between departures. I'd recommend this tour, but the train to Cork leaves from dock and arrives at Cork station with bus to Blarney castle that may afford you the added time to kiss and shop. I like booking with Viator, good outfit. I rescheduled a tour and it was no issue.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Dear DE, I'm delighted you enjoyed the tour overall and I know our Driver/Guide will be happy you enjoyed you day. Warmest regards, Louise and all at Butlers
star-5
Fantastic experience
Danny_W
, Aug 2019
Not one to do bus tours as a rule but trip advisor ratings were top reason to do it. We had a fantastic time and the driver Ian was the best tour guide ever commentary was exceptional . Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Dear Shell, Thank you so much for your great review. We are really do have the most amazing team, Ian will be thrilled to read your kind words. Warmest regards, Louise and all at Butlers
star-4
Blarney Castle
GAYLEA_V
, Aug 2019
Everything worked as explained in tour description, found bus and guide with no problem and timetable was as explained. Because we were there in August (high tourist season) we could have used more time at the castle. Same tour through cruise ship would have cost twice the price, worked out well for us. Our guide/bus driver Ran was great.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Hi Gayle, Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed your tour with us. I hope to see you on board again in the future, Warmest regards, Louise and all at Butlers
star-5
Great Tour
Karen_D
, Aug 2019
Thoroughly enjoyed this tour at a fraction of the price of the ship's shore excursion. We had plenty of time at Blarney Castle and wandered the beautiful gardens. We did not do the Blarney Stone as there was a 90 minute wait. Viewed the castle from the exterior. Great tour.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Hi Karen, We are delighted you enjoyed your tour with us. Thank you so much for your kind review, Warm regards, Louise and all at Butlers
star-5
Blarney Castle
Jean V
, Aug 2019
The tour guide was very knowledgeable with a great sense of humor. Was great being able to kiss the Blarney stone.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Hi Jean, Thank you so much for your review. That's great to hear, I will pass on your regards to the team. Go raibh míle maith agaibh, Louise and all at eCoach by Butlers
star-5
Great visit to Blarney Castle and Cork
Alice D
, Jul 2019
Kevin was super friendly and led an amazing tour to Blarney Castle and Cork. Highly recommend this stress free tour.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thanks so much for your great review. Kevin will be delighted to hear you all enjoyed your tour so much. We hope to have you all on board in the future. Warmest regards, Louise and all at eCoach by Butlers
star-5
Blarney Castle and Cork City
Marilyn_B
, Jul 2019
This trip was exactly as advertised. On time pick up heading to the castle. Directed to go directly to the line to "kiss the blarney stone" as the entire time can merely be standing in a long line. Able to do the castle and also enjoy the gardens. The city tour of Cobh ended with a stop and visit to St. Colman's Cathedral. GREAT 1st day in Ireland.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thank you so much for this wonderful review. I have to agree Blarney Gardens are absolutely stunning and we highly recommend a leisurely stroll around them. Also, Kinsale is such a beautiful town for some lunch. We hope to have you onboard eCoach or our sister brand Butlers Tours should you visit our shores again. Warmest regards, Louise and all at eCoach by Butlers
star-5
excursions for cruisers
Gerardo_G
, Jul 2019
we had a great time.The driver (Ian) was very friendly and punctual. We definitely recommend this company for your excursions
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Hi Don, Thank you so much for your kind words. Ian is thrilled you enjoyed it so much. We genuinely try to ensure all our guests make the most of their short visit on our shores so reading this review has made our week. We hope to see you on board again soon, Warm regards, Louise and all at eCoach
star-5
Fun and full of background history
Teresa_K
, Jul 2019
We enjoyed this tour very much. The bus driver was the guide and full of the knowledge of the Ireland history. We did not go up to kiss the rock at Blarney's castle because of the long line. However we enjoyed the walking in the beautiful garden. I highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear Tckan, Thank you for your review. We are thrilled you enjoyed the tour with us at eCoach. We hope to have you on board again in the future. Warmest regards. Louise and all at eCoach by Butlers
star-5
Blarney Stone
dancores
, Jul 2019
Excursion was great. Ian the guide/bus driver was fantastic. Weather cooperated. We arrived early at the Blarney Stone and still had to wait about 45 minutes. It was a pretty steep climb up the castle to kiss the stone. I would think the steps would be slippery if it was raining. The grounds of the castle were beautiful.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear Dancores, Thank you so much for your kind words and recommendations. We genuinely strive to ensure you enjoy every minute of your short time on our shores. We hope to have you on board again in the future. Go raibh míle maith agaibh. Louise and all at Butlers
star-5
Great Tour
Timothy_J
, Jul 2019
Kevin was a great guide, knew the area very well, excellent driver and tour guide for sure, better price than the cruise line for the area and I think we saw more. Pickup at the cruise port was great would highly recommend this tour
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thank you so much for your great review, we are delighted you had so much fun on our shore tour. We hope to have you on-board again, Go raibh míle maith agaibh Louise and all at Butlers.

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