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CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory

Blackrock Castle Castle Road | Blackrock Village, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 435 7917
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our wedding

we had our wedding there omg it was amazing the staff that sort it all was brill they made the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Sam P
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Well worth the trip

I was quite impressed with the knowledge of the staff. It was most enjoyable. I will definitely be... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hoop73
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Cork, Ireland
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Blackrock Castle Castle Road | Blackrock Village, Cork, Ireland
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+353 21 435 7917
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"interactive exhibits"
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"solar system"
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"all ages"
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"tour guide was very informative"
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"great place for kids"
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"couple of hours"
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"few hours"
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"beautiful building"
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"nice walk"
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"great place to visit"
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

we had our wedding there omg it was amazing the staff that sort it all was brill they made the whole day fantastic we had our day in the old fire place room the room was full of fairy lights an candles it looked great...More

Thank Sam P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was quite impressed with the knowledge of the staff. It was most enjoyable. I will definitely be going back again.

Thank Hoop73
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is really a destination for teens or adolescents. Some things to know if you are "of a certain age" (don't you hate that euphemism!) This is a SMALL castle, renovated at one time to house government offices. It's "scenic" location no doubt at one...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This attraction is hyped as an observatory but I feel like it’s mostly for younger folks. The cafe in the entry looks good though.

Thank Travis L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We walked the trails near Blackrock castle and stopped at the castle afterwards to grab a coffee and hot cocoa and Hung out in the courtyard. The location is beautiful and we enjoyed sitting outside and taking in the views. Will definitely be back to...More

Thank Windy G
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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

For us, Blackrock Castle was hyped as an observatory but it wasn’t worth our time or the €6. Now perhaps this is because they were running a science camp the day we were driving thru Cork. Nonetheless we were all disappointed as we got to...More

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Reviewed 25 April 2018

Arrived in at Cork airport, then on our way to Castle restaurant for brunch, have been there several times always enjoyed the atmosphere, as well as food, and the staff are so welcoming, although were very busy some people had to wait for their table,...More

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Reviewed 7 April 2018

There is very little history about the castle and the only interesting thing was the planetarium. The actual exhibit is nothing special.

Thank Kate05082707
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We visited with our 16 year old daughter who is interested in the night sky. The interactive displays are wonderful...full of easily accessible information. The guided tour was interesting and witty and very well guaged for the mix of people. The planetarium is small and...More

Thank Movanna S
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Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

This is an adorable, picture-perfect castle! We came here for a little visit and decided to have lunch at the cafe. The food we had was amazing!! We shared a forest mushroom risotto (easily the best I’ve ever had) and soup and salad and wine....More

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robnoxrob
14 June 2018|
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Response from Movanna S | Reviewed this property |
The science display downstairs is but the tour of the castle and tiwer is not.
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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
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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
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