Project Description

Blackrock Castle Observatory


Location: Co. Cork, Ireland

Sleeping capacity (max.): 0

Wedding capacity (max.): 100

Venue price: €500 - €1200 

Venue type: Castle, Museum

Ceremony type: Legal, Symbolic

Features: River, Function Room, Privacy

Nearest airport: Cork (13 km)

Our Reference: V00356

Blackrock Castle is a castellated fortification located at Blackrock, about 2 kilometers from the centre of Cork on the banks of the river Lee in Ireland. This structure was built in the 16th century originally to repel pirates threatening the kingdom’s safety - the reason why it’s on the water’s edge. Now this serves as an observatory, a museum, and a wedding ceremony venue in Cork.

Small weddings of up to 25 people can take place inside the historic Fireplace Lobby whilst larger weddings of up to 100 can make use of the Forum & Long Room in the main castle building. This iconic castle has undergone major and minor renovation throughout the centuries but the circular towers and their 2.2-meter thick walls have remained until today.

Expect your wedding photos to be astonishing when you choose to marry in this ceremony venue in Cork. Historic circular towers as your backdrop and a calm body of water surrounding the structure as your view are certainly winning elements of a unique destination wedding. You can take wedding photos in almost all parts of this venue, including the highest point of the castle where its neo-gothic features against the sky will be your background. Wait for the moon to show up and your photos here will even be more magical. You can also walk around the beautiful grounds of Blackrock Castle, pose in the middle of its huge gates, and enjoy a soft touch of nature appearing in different parts of the venue to maximize your wedding here.

Prices for this ceremony venue in Cork vary depending on day of the week and time of ceremony. Since Blackrock Castle has become an observatory and a museum, several events take place here on a regular basis. Some rooms and areas inside the castle are also dedicated to the museum features. But weddings are allowed here, so you can rent either the Fireplace Lobby or the Forum & Long Room exclusively for your big day.

Let the planners of Peach Perfect Weddings help you arrange everything for your elopement. You won’t need to go back and forth to Ireland only to make sure that your wedding will run smoothly. Our expertise is to handle everything for you. Aside from taking care of the details of the wedding day itself, we can also connect you to reliable local wedding vendors who worked with couples who got married here. We have trusted Irish photographers, videographers, florists, and makeup artists within our network. Most of these wedding essentials are included in our Irish wedding packages.

The Forum & Long Room
Monday to Friday - €1000
Saturday or Sunday - €1200
(Evening ceremonies are also available from 18:30)

Fireplace Lobby
Monday to Friday before 15:00 - €700
Monday to Friday after 15:00 or evening after 18:00 - €500
(This room option is not available in June, July or August, or any Saturday or Sunday throughout the year)

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Behind the lens
Bartek Witek Photography