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CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory

Blackrock Castle Castle Road | Blackrock Village, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 435 7917
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Fabulous coffee at the cafe

We walked the trails near Blackrock castle and stopped at the castle afterwards to grab a coffee... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Windy G
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Wasn’t worth it!

For us, Blackrock Castle was hyped as an observatory but it wasn’t worth our time or the €6. Now... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
bcrouse2013
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Cary, North Carolina
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“solar system” (5 reviews)
“all ages” (15 reviews)
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Blackrock Castle Castle Road | Blackrock Village, Cork, Ireland
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+353 21 435 7917
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Reviewed 3 days 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 1 week ago 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

Thank bcrouse2013
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 April 6, 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 April 6, 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 March 26, 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

Thank CignoNero
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Reviewed March 25, 2018

Visited this place in September 2017, had a blast! Went in to go on the tour and jokingly introduced myself as Buzz Aldrin at which point the lady (Who knew perfectly well I wasn't) raised her voice "Where the heck were you in July?" This...More

Thank Robert N
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Reviewed March 21, 2018

Visited this site back in 2012, and it was a really beautiful day in September. Didn't go in though - I believe it was closed. The castle used to be a form of a fort in the 1600s, and you can see it is situated...More

Thank Steve Y
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Reviewed February 27, 2018 via mobile

A stunning castle with a difference. My 3 kids, aged 5, 9 & 12 absolutely loved their visit and myself and my husband also enjoyed. Definitely something for all the family and reasonably priced.

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Reviewed February 22, 2018

We went late in the afternoon so we ended up missing the tour but we still was aloud to walk around and have a look and take photos. What impressed us was the meteor in the court yard.

Thank Brian J
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hannah o
March 3, 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
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
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Linda B
February 10, 2015|
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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
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