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CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory

Closes in 22 min: 11:00 - 17:00
Open today: 11:00 - 17:00
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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 10 October 2018
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 18 September 2018
David S
Western Ireland, Ireland
via mobile
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Blackrock Castle Castle Road | Blackrock Village, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 435 7917
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All reviews interactive exhibits solar system all ages tour guide was very informative few hours nice walk beautiful building cork harbour science astronomy planets telescope dungeon cosmos tower information exhibition
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a kiddie castle for future astronauts. Highly disappointed with the tour. Compared to other castles In Ireland this one is not worth the trip at all. Unless you’re with a 3 year old, skip it and save $7.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 892jeffreyg
Reviewed 10 December 2018

I really enjoyed my time there, the tour gives us a glimpse of the past and the different "lives" that the castle had, the view from the tower is very nice. Then there is a moment spent in the planetarium to discover more about the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BenPoulpi
Reviewed 24 November 2018

We decided at the last minute to visit this castle: It was a nice decition, well taken care of and witha good restaurant:

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jet03752900222
Reviewed 19 November 2018 via mobile

Food here is average. Cork has much better to offer. What is off-putting is the management and staff attitude.

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank theman1245555
Reviewed 17 November 2018

Here for the first, near my guest house, I visit this old and ancient castel. The structure is huge and massive!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank MattR476
Reviewed 10 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 58sparrow
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank edmundguiry
Reviewed 18 September 2018 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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank David S
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

Date of experience: September 2018
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

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank heloisahss
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13 June 2018|
Response from MovannaS | Reviewed this property |
The science display downstairs is but the tour of the castle and tiwer is not.
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