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CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory

Blackrock Castle Castle Road | Blackrock Village, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 435 7917
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Visited there with some friends. We decided to walk from Cork city to the castle. It took us about... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Hannah C
Really enjoyable experience

Definitely one to do - great interactive experience for young and old. Staff are exceptionally... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2017
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Blackrock Castle Castle Road | Blackrock Village, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 435 7917
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visited there with some friends. We decided to walk from Cork city to the castle. It took us about an hour but it was a nice walk. We learned a lot from the visit and the guide is very friendly and lively!

Thank Hannah C
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

Definitely one to do - great interactive experience for young and old. Staff are exceptionally friendly. The tour guide was very informative and would recommend both the castle and planetarium tours. My 5 year old loved it. The attached restaurant is very good too.

Thank Sorcha321
Reviewed 20 October 2017

The castle is part cafe, part observatory, part history lesson. There is a nice walking loop that the castle sits on. They put on great science camps for kids during the breaks, but they book up fast. The tour of the observatory is interesting, as...More

1  Thank Keri V
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

I went in with low expectations. It's a Castle after all and we have all been in castles. This was something else. It is an observatory. And the guide have an excellent account of the history of the castle along with a show on the...More

Thank 675karolm
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

A fantastic 2 hours of pleasure, overpriced restaurant but the exhibition and tour is well worth the reasonable entry price, the time flew , brilliant collection of space voyages badge's. Good tour guide and friendly staff

Thank skinner b
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Great venue, combining visit to the historic Blackrock Castle, and BCO 'Astronomy' exhibition, and great food in the cafe, followed by one of the best walks in the City along the shoreside of Mahon.

Thank OCreagh
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Interesting, educational but a lot smaller than we had imagined. The hands on learning displays were excellent and the best feature was the inflatable planetarium. All of our group were fascinated

Thank DebzKestrel
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Tour lasts approximately an hour. Starts with a discussion about a fire place which is unrelated to the castle. Followed by an 85 step climb to the top of the tower. After this you climb down 100 steps to a cannon room where children have...More

Thank Mum2leo
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Nice little place. A good way to pass an hour on a rainy day. Not huge but for those who are interested in the solar system an informative hour.

Thank silenone
Reviewed 14 August 2017

I didn't know what to expect as Ireland is hardly the world leader in space but boy was I impressed. They pack a lot into this small space and the interactive exhibits are great at engaging kids. The staff were lovely and really knowledgeable.

Thank munchkinmh
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Katie C
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
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