Blarney & City Tour
Blarney Castle & City Tour
Collection time from stern Gangway 8.30am.
9.30 am Blarney Castle
On leaving Shandon it?s on towards Blarney and Blarney Castle with its beautifully maintained gardens and of course your chance to kiss the famous Blarney stone. In the village is Christies Blarney woollen mills shop a must stop for any visitor to Blarney and well worth a wonder around. This historic castle is most famous for its stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it. The word Blarney was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth 1st and is described as pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending. The stone is set in the wall below the battlements, and, to kiss it, one has to lean backwards from the parapet walk.
Blarney Castle has long been famous because of the Blarney Stone but the less known Rock Close and castle grounds are well worth a visit in their own right. The Rock Close is a mystical place where majestic yew and oak trees grow around an ancient druidic settlement. Follow the trail through giant Gunnera leaves and bamboo and you will find such features as a dolmen, wishing steps and a witch?s kitchen. A water garden with waterfalls is presently being constructed which will add the soothing sound of water to the visitor?s experience. Below the castle are mysterious caves and an arboretum filled with rare tree. There are pleasant walks along the riverbanks where you can sit and contemplate the reflections of the castle. In spring the castle grounds are filled with thousands of bulbs. In autumn the whole place glows as the leaves turn red, amber and gold.
OLD CITY GAOL
On the way back towards the city we call to the old city gaol heritage centre for you to see life through the eyes of a convict sent here in the nineteenth century. Looking across from the Gaol we can see University Collage Cork?s impressive campus and beyond it our next stop.
Our Next stop is St Annes church tower Shandon known locally as the 4 faced liar and the Cork Butter Exchange Museum and Craft centre now!! if you have a sweet tooth try a stroll down the street to cork?s only remaining traditional boiled sweet maker ?Danny Lenihans? where you can still buy a traditional Cork rock candy stick or even Bulls eyes and clove rocks being made or if you?re a little thirsty try a pint in one of the traditional local bars like the Chimes. You may be surprised by just who you meet there.
Next we drop you at one of Corks Famous landmark?s the English Market This is an enclosed market with entrances off Grand Parade, Patrick Street and Princes Street. The origin of the English Market may be traced back to James 1st in 1610 but the present building dates from 1786. Long recognized by locals as a place to meet, eat and shop, visitors can savor the atmosphere and choose from the wide range of goods that the traders have to offer in this unique market.
Lunch of your choice at one of the many great restaurants or pubs in the heart of the city
Leave at 3:45pm to return to ship
Arrive back at Cobh for 4:15pm
Sedan Car 320.00euro
8 seat mini bus 400.00euro