Blackrock Castle Observatory

Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
  • Address: Castle Road, Blackrock, Co. Cork, Ireland
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +353 -214326120
  • Ticket Price: 7 EUR
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs

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The Blackrock Castle is a 16th century castle. Known for its authentic Irish stone buildings, the castle was originally built on Queen Elizabeth’s orders after the locals requested her for a fort to protect the city from Pirates.

Today the fort has an Observatory on its highest round tower and is known to host some of the most interesting events and workshops for children. The fort is also used as a base for getting adults and children more interested in science. Blackrock Castle houses Ireland's first interactive astronomy center developed by the award-winning multimedia company Martello Media.

A must visit if you are visiting with your kids!

Blackrock Castle Observatory Information

  • Do try to attend a star gazing event or workshop if you are lucky to catch one.

Blackrock Castle Observatory Ticket Prices

  • Adults: €6.50
  • Students, Seniors and Children (5-14 years): €4.50
  • Family (2 Adults, 2 Children): €18
  • Groups (10 and more) €5.50
  • Children under 5 are free with families and admission is always free for members.

Blackrock Castle Observatory Opening and Closing Hours

  • Please note last admission is 4.00 pm. The castle closes at 5.00 pm and viewing the exhibits takes approximately 1 hour.
  • The exhibit is open by special arrangement for groups of 10 or more after hours. (See Group Admission for more details.)

How To reach Blackrock Castle Observatory by Public Transport

  • The nearest bus stop is at Ferney Rd (St Lukes Home)
  • Bus number- 202

Restaurants Near Blackrock Castle Observatory

  • Pizza take-away
  • Taste of Italy

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  • Blackrock Castle Observatory Address: Castle Road, Blackrock, Co. Cork, Ireland
  • Blackrock Castle Observatory Contact Number: +353 -214326120
  • Blackrock Castle Observatory Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Blackrock Castle Observatory Price: 7 EUR
  • Best time to visit Blackrock Castle Observatory(preferred time): 11:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Blackrock Castle Observatory: 01:00 Hrs
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  • 71.87% of people who visit Cork include Blackrock Castle Observatory in their plan

  • 39.02% of people start their Blackrock Castle Observatory visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Blackrock Castle Observatory

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People normally club together Church Of St Anne and Fota Wildlife Park while planning their visit to Blackrock Castle Observatory.

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Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork Reviews

  • We arrived by bicycle from city center (6 km). The landscape around us was superb. We ate an ice-cream in the bar near the Castle. And then enjoyed the sun in the park near the castle. Good place to spent some time. We didn't enter in the castle because it was closed.

  • Had a reasonable experience here with a talk on astronomy, followed by a short climb up to the observatory (only on official tour). Our guide made the tour fun with some dry humor, probably because he does these tours 5 times a day. The climb to the top of the tower is worth the views and really not too arduous. The spiral stairs are tight though and the steps uneven.

  • Great food at the cafe with amazing service. Very affordable price as well. It's a family friendly establishment and a decently clean changing station for baby and toddler. A pity we didn't get into the observatory as we didn't manage to make it before it closes.

  • Lovely place to go for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Food is top quality and lovely attentive staff. Nice location on the Lee. The observatory itself is great for kids, very interesting. Nice piece of Cork City history and a good place to while away a few hours. Perfect place for a good coffee after a walk on the Old Railway line

  • Great place to visit. The restaurant is very nice and the cafe is nice too. Not expensive for dinner or lunch. I haven't been in the observatry but herd it's well worth a visit. There is great walks along the river too.

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