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A romantic and unique castle venue for civil ceremonies. Built in the 16th century the castle overlooks the River Lee providing the perfect backdrop for bridal party photos

Originally built in the 16th Century , Blackrock Castle is a unique wedding venue set in a stunning location overlooking the River Lee. Lovingly restored and steeped in history, Blackrock Castle Observatory caters for bespoke intimate weddings in a warm and relaxed environment.

This magical venue has been home to love, passion and rebellion through the centuries. Blackrock Castle perfectly combines its ancient history with sympathetic modern details, making it the perfect setting for your wedding.

There is ample parking adjacent to the Castle and it is located only 15 minutes from Cork city centre.

All our wedding packages include the following:

  • Exclusive venue hire
  • Personal one-on-one attention by our events coordinator prior to and on the day.
  • Red carpet on arrival.
  • Venue dressed to your specification with candles, flowers, decorative lighting, draped fabric etc.
  • Fully guided Castle access for your photographer to set up incredible shot
  • Ceremony ONLY venue - we do not cater for receptions.
  • Maximum capacity of 100 people.
  • The Castle Cafe restaurant on the castle grounds can provide hospitality for up to 40 people
  • Ceremonies can take place Monday - Friday only
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Frequently Asked Questions

Venue Type:

Civil Ceremony License
Exclusive Use
In the City

Venue Staff Assistance:

Wedding Coordinator

Other Features:

Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
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A unique , unusual , beautiful and very special da

we had an absolutely fantastic day at Blackrock castle - the venue is so unique and special and the staff made us feel like superstars on our wedding day -nothing was too much trouble and the ceremony and reception went without a hitch ..the photo opps were brilliant and I especially loved the fact that the exhibiton and the castle itself were open to us and our guests to explore(especially the kids and big kids ) - The florist recommended by the castle - Liz at Wonderous wedding also provided the most beautiful flowers and dressed the venue so elegantly . The Restaurant did a brillaint job with the food which was tasty , well executed and extremely good value for money and was expertly presented and tasted fantastic - as a matter of fact all of our guests without exception commented on how good the food was and how wonderful our wedding was . Also how exceptional the venue was and how friendly and efficient the staff are - I was a very relaxed bride knowing I was in such good hands. Thanks so much to everyone there - and the sun even shone brightly in April !! I arranged most of this wedding remotely as I live in wales and the responsiveness of the staff Deirdre and co was second to none....if you want a unique , unusual , beautiful and very special day then I have no hestation in recommending Blackrock castle and its restaurant ..FANTASTIC!!
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Looking back on our wedding at Blackrock Castle, I

Looking back on our wedding at Blackrock Castle, I just smile. The staff of the observatory and restaurant were very pleasant and helpful. We were married in a small civil ceremony in the small, but elegant and charming, fireplace lobby. The staff (we worked with Deirdre) made sure the decorations and the set up in the room were perfect. Deirdre even allowed us to borrow a candle stand! I remember walking down the red carpet, having just arrived, and into the room, and being wowed by the beauty of the room dressed up with flowers, candles and drapery. After the ceremony, while we were taking photos around the castle (just beautiful!), the staff moved our flowers and candles to the restaurant. We hadn't a thing to worry about except smiling and having a good time. And then, while we were milling around having some drinks, waiting for dinner to be served, Deirdre graciously offered to take ourselves and our guests on a tour of the castle. We climbed down to the dungeon and up to the telescope. This unexpected gesture really added to our day. Blackrock Castle is such a beautiful setting for a wedding. I highly recommend the location and the staff. My husband and I were very happy with our experience, and remember the day fondly, all the more so because of the care of the staff and the beauty of the Blackrock Castle venue.
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Something we will not forget for the rest of our

Deirdre and her staffs professional and expert approach made our wedding ceremony at Blackrock Castle Observatory something we will not forget for the rest of our lives. Her help in the months, weeks and days leading up to the wedding was second to none and when the big day arrived it all came together perfectly. We would recommend the venue to anyone. Our pictures on the castle grounds look amazing.
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