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CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory

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Address: Blackrock Castle Castle Road | Blackrock Village, Cork, Ireland
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+353 21 435 7917
10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00

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The harbour needed protection from the pirates

This castle ist one of the best reserved in Cork. It is now hosting an observatory, a cosmic exhibition and a Café.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Hinner P
County Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 straight after had a guided tour of the museum - all included in the entrance... More 

Thank Amber T
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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
County Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This castle ist one of the best reserved in Cork. It is now hosting an observatory, a cosmic exhibition and a Café.

Thank Hinner P
Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A little way from the city centre but well worth it. Suitable for all ages and good interactive exhibits. Site within the castle is brilliant. Info is always current and well presented. Try not to rush through it. Enjoy (PS Great coastal walk form here. You do not need to go to restaurant. It is a bit pricey for families... More 

Thank Kathleen L
Waterford, Waterford, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a spontaneous adventure with friends on a Saturday afternoon. For 6.50 you get to learn a little about space and to climb to the top of the castle to see a beautiful view of the port and upriver to Cork city. Definitely worth a visit!

Thank Chantelle W
Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have always been fascinated by science, particularly astronomy and this is both accessible and interesting. Great work being done here by CIT but equally accessible for families and children of all ages. The attached restaurant is great stop off point for walkers coming from Rochestown

Thank ChrisDorgan
Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

Lovely food, lovely staff but just a bit pricey for what you get. Choice could be better too. I would try everything once but don't think i would go back here to be honest.

Thank shinnysin123
Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

We were looking to kill a few hours before catching our plane and came across a road sign for this place and decided it met our needs. It is quite an impressive structure as you approach it. We parked up for free and walked up to it. The entrance fee was very reasonable and inside there was an excellent interactive... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

I had friends over from abroad with 8 years old girl and I decided to take them and my 6 years old daughter to observatory. We like it castle but we weren't impressed with observatory. It's not too great place for kids in age 6 and 8, maybe more for teenagers. Exhibition was small enough and took us maybe 20... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

My review is about the restaurant there as opposed to the observatory itself. We love going for Sunday brunch here. It's one of the few places you can eat a fry and convince yourself that you ate something somewhat healthy. The meats they use taste like high quality ones. Definitely recommend it.

Thank Steve M

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