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CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork

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  • Great place to visit information was very good and at time quite funny, shame it was raining after climbing all the steps to the top of the tower cannot remember the number of steps but coming down ad...  more »
  • This small, ancient castle on the banks of the River Lee has been repurposed into an observatory/science center on one side and a cafe on the other, with a lovely courtyard between the two. The observ...  more »
  • We were surprised to see that this was an actual observatory but, the history and our very well spoken tour guide made this a very interesting stop.  more »
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  • A charming old restored castle overlooking the River Lee and Cork harbour, it has an on-site (somewhat expensive!) restaurant and an out-door seating area for eating or simply having a cup of coffee. There's a small courtyard, not too sure if they are very dog friendly however. Inside from recollection (almost a decade ago now) they have various displays and a small little theater with comfy chairs which screens a short space related documentary which either seemed to be on a loop or could be self started. They also had a gadget inside the castle itself which allowed you send a free message out into space! How cool is that! Didn't get to the top of the castle to observe the view from above but I'm told it's pretty good. All in all a great place to pop into whether just in the courtyard for a coffee or inside to see what they have to offer, just bear in mind that entry into the castle itself, which is now primarily an observatory, isn't free. Blackrock Castle however do offer annual memberships at reasonable enough rates.
  • We stopped for the castle tour and ended up loving the observatory part of the tour more. It was educational and entertaining. If you have kids, it would be a really great stop. It's a perfect marriage of preserving the past while looking to the scientific future.
  • Great tour guides. Wonderful setting. Informative,engaging and steeped in historical events. Good food served on site.
  • Came on a Saturday but the exhibition and castle were closed for a wedding. We were three minutes after twelve which is the cut off point for the kitchens breakfast so no food. Coffee is ok. Three stars for a lovely setting and as it may be a lot better at a different time.
  • Nothing much to see apart from a castle. The observatory is small and suited to small groups. The restaurant is small but has outdoor seating.