Located about 2 kilometres from the heart of Cork City, on the shores of the River Lee is the 16thcentury Blackrock Castle. While the picturesque castle was built for a different purpose, today the restored castle houses the impressive CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory. Aiming to encourage the learning of science, engineering and technology though a variety of fun and interactive exhibits, the observatory is ideal for kids and adults alike. The family-friendly attraction features an astronomical observatory, as well as an interactive theatre which is Ireland’s first, and the award winning Cosmos at the Castle. Throughout the year, the observatory also hosts a variety of special events ideal for families.
Adults: €6.50 Students, Seniors and Children (5-14 years): €4.50
Daily: 10:00 - 17:00
Around 1 hour or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The different exhibits, the observatory, the theatre
Muslims visiting the Blackrock Castle Observatory will not be able to find prayer facilities at the attraction. They may however be able to find a secluded place outdoors to offer their prayers. They could also visit one of the mosques in Cork, such as the Cork Mosque and the Cork Muslim Foundation Mosque.
The Blackrock Castle Observatory does have a restaurant, namely the Castle Café. While visitors will be able to find variety of delicious dishes here, Muslims visiting the attraction will have to dine on suitable seafood and vegetarian dishes as non-Halal ingredients are sure to be used. The city of Cork is also known to have a few Halal restaurants.