Friday, March 28, 2014

Family Day Out - Blarney Castle & Gardens ♥


On Wednesday my boys and I had one of our family days out and once again we went to a historic site, this time being Blarney Castle and it's amazing gardens. Blarney Castle is famous around the world for the Blarney stone which people come from far and wide to kiss it and gain the gift of the gab, well I already talk to much so I thought I better not give it a kiss and save people's ears! The castle grounds boast so many interesting places such as a fairy garden, fern garden and poison garden which contains lots of strange and wonderful plants such as salvia, wolfsbane, mandrake (yes, like in Harry Potter!) opium and cannabis. We walked around the whole grounds and had so much fun. It was a bit of trial and error working out where we probably shouldn't have taken the buggy... *cough* Fern Garden *cough* but hey, we had a laugh and Tyler Lee found the whole thing positively hilarious but really, you shouldn't take a buggy to a place with dozens of step, small stone steps, ever. Spring has most definitely sprung in the castle gardens and the place is awash with gorgeous colour, Jacek couldn't stop taking pictures of all the blooms, I was particularly interested in the bluebells and daffodils - my favourite spring flowers and as you can see from the pictures above I had a field day taking pictures of my little fairy man amongst all the yellow daffodils, I seriously love these pictures, I wish I could frame them all.

We took a long walk around the grounds and the lake where a lone swan came right up to us, I bolted before it had time to attack me - childhood memories, before ending up at the playground which we gladly had all to ourselves. My little babe loved being on the swing and wouldn't get out of it, his best friend PupPup joined him on the swing too, it was so adorable, my heart melted, a lot. We even got a family selfie by the swings, we never get pictured as a three so it was fun to get this shot, I'm so glad we're all looking at the camera. My heart melted even more when my babe took my hand and began to walk along next to me. He's not walking yet without holding onto things and this was the first time he ever wanted to hold my hand and walk alongside me, I was so proud that I nearly cried - super emotional mama for sure. Days like this are to be treasured.

Blarney Castle and it's grounds is a must-see place if you ever travel to County Cork, it is truly breathtaking and so much fun, there's so much to see and lots of places for children to explore and run around and of course it boasts a lovely little playground and picnic area. I will say though that the downside is the price - €12 for adults is very steep in my opinion, it's €5 for children and luckily Tyler Lee was free as he's an infant but €24 for two adults to explore a national heritage site is outrageous. The cafe's are quite expensive too - a cup of coffee, a bottle of lucozade and a chicken and pesto sandwich cost €10! I would suggest bringing a nice homemade picnic to enjoy on the grounds and if we go back during the summer we shall definitely be doing that. I highly recommend a visit to Blarney Castle and it's beautiful grounds, it has everything - history, beauty, legend and some fabulous photographic opportunities!

If you would like to see more places around Ireland that my family and I have visited then click here.



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  1. Always wanted to go here. Must make it my business to visit this year!

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    1. Definitely visit Nora, it's beautiful there. I've been there three times already and could never be bored of it!

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  2. So beautyful!! Really love it!! The flowers are amazing. Fairytale landscapes <3

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    1. It really is like a fairytale Alexandra :)

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  3. You really do take some lovely pictures, looks like you all had an lovely day xx

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    1. Thank you so much Leighanne, I'm really into photography now so I'm trying to get the best shots I can. We had a wonderful day :)

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    1. Thank you Charlotte, we had an amazing day, I want to go back :)

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  5. How lovely to see so much sun! I love the photograph of the swan, it's so beautifully framed! x

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    1. I know, summer is surely on it's way, lets hope it's a good one. My fiance took that shot, he has a good eye for photography :)

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  6. This looks like a great place to visit for a day out especially for families.

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    1. It is Nayna, it's absolutely amazing!

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  7. We went to Ireland on our honeymoon, it is lovely to see this post, as we spent a lovely day there x

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    1. Oh how lovely, I'm so glad to got to visit this amazing place!

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  8. I went years ago, pre baby but would love to go back because Cork and the surrounding areas are absolutely beautiful.

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    1. How great that you visited the county, definitely visit again sometime, lots of family friendly places in Cork and the surrounding areas :)

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  9. I loved the pictures! They are amazing!! Tyler Lee looks so cute with his bunny hat between the flowers *-*

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    1. Thank you Silvia. Haha yes, he's my little spring bunny! :)

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  10. This looks beautiful. Great photos. Thanks for linking up #binkylinky

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  11. I love places like this I turn into such a tourist!! Beautiful grounds by the looks of it..though I am biased as I do love a good daffodil xx

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    1. The grounds are stunning and lots and lots of tourists, especially from America. Daffodils are so pretty aren't they? :)

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  12. What beautiful photos, I have only visited Ireland once but I adored it and would love to go back! X

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    1. Thank you Katie! You should definitely visit again, so much to explore :)

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  13. These are such gorgeous photos, Tyler lee has grown up so much! I can remember reading your blog before you had him :)

    Gem
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    1. Thank you Gemma and oh how that seems like such a long time ago, I can barely remember being pregnant now! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment :)

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  14. I love so many things about this post like the rabbit hat and awesome place but mostly i love your family selfie. It made me realized how long ago me and my fam had a photo together =)

    #binkylinky

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    1. Thank you so much. It's so hard to get a family photo isn't it? Someone always has to be missing to take the picture!

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  15. Amazing photos!! I'd love to visit here, and it looks like a great time of year to go! xxx

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    1. Thanks Hayley! Yes a perfect time to go but may have to go there again in the summer, I can't get enough of the place :)

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  16. Gorgeous photographs. That bunny hat is just too cute!
    Thank you for linking up with #BinkyLinky

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    1. Thank you so much! That bunny hat may well just be one of the most popular buys I've ever gotten for TL, we get so many compliments on it :)

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  17. Such gorgeous photos looks like a really nice day out

    AliceMegan

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    1. Thank you so much, we had a great day! :)

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    1. It is Lix, such a 'must-see' place :)

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  19. Amazing place and the cutest baby ever !

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  20. Your kid is enjoying a lot :)
    I love him so much :)

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  21. You are so lucky that you live close enough to a real castle that you can go visit it like this. We don't have castles here in the US!

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  22. That is absolutely gorgeous. I have a lot of Irish and Scottish in me. I mean with my beard and my hair, all I need is a kilt, really. It's always been my dream to visit Ireland and Scotland.

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  23. That is on my bucket list for sure. We went to Rome this past year and I have been bitten by the international travel bug for sure. Ireland is up next.

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  24. How beautiful! I would love to visit a place like this. If I ever get to travel I would love to see this!

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  25. OMgosh. That is simply stunning! This will absolutely be going on my must travel list!

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  26. Those daffodils are absolutely gorgeous, I love those too. And his hat is adorable, love the ears!

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  27. I live in the US and I envy your ability to visit such a glorious place. The hat on your son cracked me up!

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  28. I've seen the Blarney stone but never Blarney Castle, it's gorgeous! I would love to visit at this time of the year, the flowers are blooming so beautifully!

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  29. This looks like a beautiful place to visit! Family days like that are so much fun and creating those memories.

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  30. That is an amazingly beautiful place, and your photos are gorgeous! It looks like an amazing family trip.

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  31. I totally love it and I so want to go to see the blarney castle someday. Of course, I don't live anywhere near there since I'm way at the bottom of the lower 48, but one day I'll make it!

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  32. Oooh, I definitely want to visit Blarney Castle! Hope to have the time this year!

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  33. The first on our list of countries abroad to visit is definitely Ireland. My husband has an Irish blood and he wants to see the country. Me too actually. I've seen photos of how gorgeous Ireland is - just like your photos here. :)

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  34. What an amazingly beautiful place to visit. You got some really great pictures!

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  35. Ireland looks like a beautiful place! I love the pictures you took, especially the ones with your child in all those flowers. Those are frameable!

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  36. The photos makes me want to visit the garden. I grew up with gardens with my parents. Beautiful captures.

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  37. This looks beautiful, what a fun experience! I have always wanted to see Ireland, my family is from there.

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  38. What beautiful photos. I would LOVE to one day visit a place like this. It sort of looks like something from a movie. I want to see that castle in real life!!!

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