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CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory

Blackrock Castle Castle Road | Blackrock Village, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 435 7917
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Best Tour and Exhibitions Ever!!

The receptionist said she was holding me to the 5 star review I promised so here it is! The tour... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kimberly S
via mobile
Surprising lunch venue!

If you are looking for a place to walk etc and then have a great tasty lunch - then this is it. We... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kilkenny Ireland
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  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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Blackrock Castle Castle Road | Blackrock Village, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 435 7917
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The receptionist said she was holding me to the 5 star review I promised so here it is! The tour was AMAZING! Our guide was very spunky and clearly showed working there is a fun experience! The interactive videos were also very fun and we...More

Thank Kimberly S
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking for a place to walk etc and then have a great tasty lunch - then this is it. We were luck to be asked here for a family lunch celebration, plenty of parking areas closeby, lovely walks to go on if...More

Thank KilkennyIrelandEbc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very scenic surroundings. Ideal for jogging/ dog-walking/ romantic strolls on a nice day. If you enter the exhibition, an experienced guide will explain to you the patterns of the stars/ planet.

Thank wenying566
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I'd read about the observatory online, but wanted to see the castle, too. I wish the tour had included more info about the history of the castle itself, or that we'd been able to see more of the castle, but it was still a very...More

Thank farscapeprincess
Reviewed 20 April 2017

The guide who takes you round is very knowledgeable with a passionate interest in astronomy.The planetarium show is included in the admission and should not be missed.

Thank Warren E
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Planetarium and castle history talk by a really knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and interesting guide (the guy with the pony tail and unpronounceable Irish name - sorry!) Also a whole wealth of exhibits about the cosmos etc - my only regret was that i had to leave...More

Thank Graham J
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

The observatory is set in a nice location. As for the visit itself, it's nice but only if you're in vicinity. Not worth a detour

Thank quintnico
Reviewed 2 April 2017

We stopped on our way into Cork to check out the castle, we originally had no idea it was an observatory. When we came there was very little for crowds so we had a private planetarium viewing and it was awesome. The way the skyline...More

Thank Raeftch
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

We came here as we saw it was a small castle so thought it was very cute. The history behind the castle is very interesting. The fact that it's been converted into an observatory makes it even better! We went to a planetarium show and...More

1  Thank Amber T
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Beautiful place on the river interesting and very popular bus takes you there good value for money interesting part of cork even from the old days

Thank Sasha C
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Katie C
How long does it take to tour the castle?
23 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
Linda B
Does Blackrock ever present indoor classical music concerts? Does Blackrock have a movie theater screen to show photos of space?
10 February 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