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CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory

Blackrock Castle Castle Road | Blackrock Village, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 435 7917
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Not what you expect, but a great place for families

We arrived by bus and walked for a short way before arriving. The castle looks amazing from the... read more

Reviewed May 1, 2016
Plano, Texas
Very small castle... not impressed

Castle tours aren't frequent, most of the visitors are kids on day trips or adults coming to dine... read more

Reviewed April 30, 2016
Kari J
Thornton, Colorado
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Blackrock Castle Castle Road | Blackrock Village, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 435 7917
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Reviewed May 1, 2016

We arrived by bus and walked for a short way before arriving. The castle looks amazing from the exterior and is every bit what you would expect if Disney constructed it. However, it has been restored/reconstructed to creat the exterior. Kudos for a job well...More

Thank txmomofjandr
Reviewed April 30, 2016

Castle tours aren't frequent, most of the visitors are kids on day trips or adults coming to dine at the cafe there. I enjoyed the cafe, but decided not to wait an hour for the next tour of the castle.

Thank Kari J
Reviewed April 22, 2016 via mobile

very good info provided. there is a lot to do. comet chaser game, soma cubes, colour shadow, detailed info about space which you won't in any other science museum. and yes a planetarium too ... the science section was so good that we skipped seeing...More

Thank Sarah3062014
Reviewed April 21, 2016

I thought it would be more of a castle, but they have truly transformed it to the observatory. It would be neat for kids, and families but was not good for myself and friends (mid 20's, backpackers). They do have a great view of the...More

Thank Holly B
Reviewed March 28, 2016

We decided to visit since it was close to our hotel. The tour is nice, the guy was very nice and friendly, would answer any question and worried about every detail. But it would not be worthy the price only for this tour. All other...More

Thank judarvin
Reviewed March 27, 2016

It's not very big, but the history of it is, the guides are fantastic and fill you in on the hundreds of years worth of history of the building and let us in on what they do now at the observatory. We got to go...More

1  Thank munsterhouse
Reviewed March 25, 2016

My Fiance organised a surprise engagement on the top of Blackrock Castle and it was amazing, beautiful view and the staff had everything set up to perfection. A lovely red carpets lined with candles, glasses of Champagne just topped it off. To make it even...More

Thank LauraMca1989
Reviewed March 22, 2016

Blackrock castle has been restored to a high standard and is a familiar landmark in the city suburbs landscape. The obseratory is possibly more geared towards children but can be enjoyed as a family day out too. The restaurant is one of the best in...More

Thank johndaunt
Reviewed March 17, 2016

Visited here last weekend as I have been close to here without visiting before.Was not overwhelmed and felt the tour was padded out.To much Video media which appeared to be a bit hap hazard. This is not a quiet and relaxing exhibit.However did enjoy the...More

Thank jimhdublin
Reviewed March 8, 2016

A very good find although not advertised much. We caught the bus from Cork city centre a short trip and a 5min walk to the castle, whilst waiting for it to open went into the on site café absolutely fabulous a very impressive menu from...More

1  Thank Linda S
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Katie C
April 23, 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
Linda B
February 10, 2015|
Response from FoxWynne | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know, there has never been an indoor music concert. It does have an auditorium of sorts with maybe 30-40 seats, and a side room used for workshops, but although both have projectors and screens, they are quite... More