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CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory

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Autumn break in Ireland

Easy to find with parking outside and a good price. Most informative about the history and use of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ascot, United Kingdom
Cork Harbour Views

Great spot to view the river and Cork Harbour and an easy drive through the historic Blackrock area... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Western Ireland, Ireland
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Blackrock Castle Castle Road | Blackrock Village, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 435 7917
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy to find with parking outside and a good price. Most informative about the history and use of Blackrock Castle up to the present day as an observatory. The tour guide was very clearly spoken even for my deaf husband, however did just talk for...More

Thank 58sparrow
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was OK, bit overcrowded, service was good and dessert was good. Just a bit cramped for my liking.

Thank edmundguiry
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great spot to view the river and Cork Harbour and an easy drive through the historic Blackrock area of Cork. Good size car park although it does get busy, short walk from there to Castle entrance and it's courtyard. Decent cafe here with outside seating...More

Thank ExpatKL88
Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

I'd seen this place advertised on Cork tourism sites and thought it sounded worth a visit. However, it fell far short of expectations. There wasn't really much of anything to see inside and hardly anything was working - not very good considering it's a working...More

3  Thank Emma W
Reviewed 29 August 2018

The view from the top of the castle is wonderfull, I recommend going for the view of the sunset. For being away, going by car is the best option

Thank heloisahss
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

We went here last week with our 3 and a half year old and she really enjoyed it! Its a small tour but plenty of information and short videos which our daughter gladly sat down and enjoyed! She really enjoyed the interactive "send a message...More

Thank Craighoggy33
Reviewed 27 August 2018

The observatory has a small but interesting exhibition on astronomy and relevant celestial topics. The inflatable planetarium is compact but does the job for small groups. The audio-visual displays are interesting and there is some interactive elements to keep the childrens' attention. The setting is...More

Thank Kerryclan
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

This is not a castle tour what so ever. I’m sure if I read the reviews I would have known that, but alas. I went early enough that it was just me and a few other people going through the tour. It’s a science tour...More

Thank Autumn1226
Reviewed 16 August 2018

Situated at the end of the very pleasant Marina walk this makes a nice destination on foot on a fine day. Car parking also available. Interesting history. Admission is reasonable and there is a good cafe and the observatory on site.

Thank John B
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

This is another must do activity when visiting Cork. Amazing old Fort converted to a working Observatory with small inflatable planetarium. Fun tour explaining the history of the building and something to feed young imaginations. Super friendly staff and well thought out tours.

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14 June 2018|
Response from MovannaS | Reviewed this property |
The science display downstairs is but the tour of the castle and tiwer is not.
hannah o
4 March 2018|
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Response from BlackrockCastle | Property representative |
Hi Hannah, Yes the summer is busy but we run castle tours and planetarium shows throughout the day so everyone is always catered to. Dee
Katie C
24 April 2017|
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Response from Graham J | Reviewed this property |
I think the tours start every fifteen or thirty minutes. The planetarium talk was around 30 minutes, and then the castle talk straight after on the battlements was around another 20-30 minutes. On top of that there are a... More