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CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork

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  • This is an observatory before anything else. The history of the castle itself seems to be swallowed up in all the stars and interactive videos. Entry price was very reasonable. The quick tour giving a...  more »
  • You can visit not only ancient murals with great view around but a modern science temple - an astronomical observatory.  more »
  • There's a lovely cafe on site. This would be a great day out for the family as they do a lovely section in a dome shaped tent about space.  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.
  • Beautiful place but a little small. You could be done in 2 hours and I love science.

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A destination in and of itself, Cork City has a dense center with plenty of hotels and hostels. Head north of the city center for affordable options like mid-range hotels and guesthouses. From here, you can walk or bike to all of the sights in the heart of the city. If everything is booked, or if you've simply come to explore the city's surrounding nature, check out the campgrounds about ten minutes from the center of town by car. There are also a number of charming bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, and other pensions in the outskirts, which can be a good option if you're using the city as a base for exploring the sights of Cork County.
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