Blackrock Castle is a fort in Cork, Ireland. The fort was constructed in the late 16th century (1582) after the locals appealed to Queen Victoria I for a fort to be built to repel pirates. The fort was expanded and improved over the following centuries, it was owned by the City of Cork and was used for banquets and gatherings. In 1827, the fort was destroyed by a fire but was rebuilt and expanded with a Neo-Gothic style present in the rebuild. The fort then fell into private hands before being acquired by the city in 2001. Today, the fort is used as an observatory and a museum.
The fort is situated to the east of the city centre of Cork. If travelling by car, there is an onsite car park available for visitors to use. The 202 bus stops close by to the fort.
Opening Times and Admission
The fort and its observatory are open to the public daily, 10am-5pm. Admission is set at 7 euros for adults and 5 euros for concessions.