Blackrock Castle and its observatory are found right in the very south of Ireland, overlooking the waters of Lough Mahon. The castle is part of County Cork in Munster Province.
To get to Blackrock Castle from the Dublin Airport, expect a drive of around three hours. The journey winds along major roads like the N4, the M7 and the M8 before leading you onto Castle Road heading for Blackrock.
Just outside the Irish city of Cork is Blackrock Castle, an enormous fortress built in the 16th century in order to protect the city from invaders and pirates along the River Lee.
The castle is five stories high, making it easier to spot invaders from afar, which also helps give the castle its dramatic look.
Today, Blackrock Castle in County Cork is home to an observatory, where you can spot stars in the night sky from an undeniably unique destination.
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