CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork

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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • Great place to go for a blend of history and science. Both tour of the castle and planetarium talk were informative and enjoyable. Would highly recommend for families. Limited access for people with mobility problems as you would expect with old buildings. Very reasonable price for entrance.
  • Beautiful spot to go for a walk along the Lee and stop off for a bite to eat. Friendly staff and delicious food. They serve food up and until 9pm. Expensive menu, but prime location. 2 coarse menu on offer from 5pm at 22 Euro. Nice little bar in house aswell. Has everything you need to accompany your meal. From craft right down to your wines.
  • Great place. More for science of space and planets than as a castle, since that is its purpose now in collaboration with the cork institute of technology. Good for all ages and we had a great guide, a very slim guy with a lot of black hair and a true talent for talking in lively fashion. When it gets poor reviews it tends to be people who thought they were go to wander around a giant old castle.
  • It's a little castle and easy to see in a few hours. The tour combines the history of the castle (from the middle ages to present) with astronomy because there is a telescope on the top of the castle. They project stars inside this inflatable bubble. My friend and I enjoyed the castle in our twenties and there were plenty of kids there having a great time.
  • Informative and friendly staff... our son loved it. Good cafe on site too to fuel up on.

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Where to stay in Cork

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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