Blackrock Castle Observatory

Currently Closed
  • 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

Blackrock Castle Observatory - Review

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 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

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TripHobo Highlights for Blackrock Castle Observatory

  • 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Blackrock Castle Observatory

  • 21.07% of people who visit Cork include Blackrock Castle Observatory in their plan

  • 58.1% of people start their Blackrock Castle Observatory visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

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

Monday, Tuesday and Saturday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Blackrock Castle Observatory

People normally club together Fitzgerald's Park and Fota Wildlife Park while planning their visit to Blackrock Castle Observatory.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork Reviews

  • BlackRock castle may not be what you are looking for if you want to visit a castle, since it's actually an observatory. It's located just outside Cork' city centre, and you can reach it easily by taking the bus #22 from the bus station. The observatory is very interesting and also interactive, so it's suitable for everyone. The guide we had is a nice guy who knows a lot about the castle history and astronomy. I personally suggest you this place if you are interested about these topics and you want to visit something different!

  • The observatory is small but have interesting information and exhibition on astronomy. Kids will enjoy it as its interactive like to send messages to space. Its great view from the top of the castle. Recommendation would be go in the evening to see sunset.

  • Fantastic, both tours are so interesting and so different. It's great to see such a fabulous building being put to such good use and open to the public. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. A must visit

  • 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.

  • Beautiful Views of Cork and River Lee. Lovely place to come for with Family. Nice Restaurant here. And a Bar. I see it popular for Wedding Photos. Bring a Camera with you here. Great for kids interest in the Stars and Planets.

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