CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork

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  • August 16, 2017
    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 step...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    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.  more »
  • August 14, 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 ...  more »
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  • May 23, 2017
    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.
  • May 1, 2017
    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.
  • June 14, 2017
    Great tour guides. Wonderful setting. Informative,engaging and steeped in historical events. Good food served on site.
  • May 20, 2017
    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.
  • June 27, 2017
    Beautiful place but a little small. You could be done in 2 hours and I love science.

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