Unique Castle Weddings

*Please note that bookings for weddings are currently unavailable due to Covid 19 restrictions. We will post updates when bookings become available again. We thank you for your understanding*

Built in the 16th Century, CIT Blackrock Castle is a boutique wedding venue set in a stunning location overlooking Cork Harbour. Lovingly restored and steeped in history, Blackrock Castle delivers a fairytale setting for bespoke weddings in a warm and relaxed environment. The Castle is located only 15 minutes from Cork City Centre or the Jack Lynch Tunnel and has ample parking adjacent to the venue.

Venue Tours and Bookings: To arrange a venue tour or for more information, please call us on 021 4326120 or email info@bco.ie.


Our Wedding Promise

At Blackrock Castle each wedding is designed with full consultation with you. We will be available to you for visits prior to the event to create the perfect setting for your big day. Each wedding is completely individual and you will feel at ease knowing that our wedding coordinator is on hand on your wedding day to ensure that everything goes without a hitch.

Wedding Packages

Our wedding packages include:

  • Exclusive Use of the Castle: Private use of Blackrock Castle for your wedding ceremony and photos.
  • Exclusive Venue: We only take one wedding per day & close our visitor centre to the public to ensure exclusivity of the venue.
  • Event Coordinator: On-site specialist for advance planning and day-of management.
  • Red Carpet Arrival: For you and your guests, with sparkling wine for the couple.
  • On-Site Photography: Guided access for your photographer to help you create extraordinary shots.

It is important to note that Blackrock Castle is available to hire as a wedding ceremony venue only. Reception and other hospitality requirements can be booked through The Castle Cafe, the award-winning restaurant on the grounds of the Castle. Weddings at Blackrock Castle are evening ceremonies only. We will take bookings from after 6pm.


The Forum & Long Room

For larger groups of a maximum of a 100* people we have the Forum and Long Room of the main Castle building.

  • Monday – Friday evening after 18:00 €1000
  • Saturday or Sunday evening after 18:00 €1200

*Due to the need for social distancing measures, weddings for up to 100 people will not be available again for some time. 

Fireplace Lobby

The Historic Fireplace Lobby holds intimate weddings of up to 25 guests.

  • Monday – Friday evenings after 18:00 €500
  • Saturday or Sunday evenings after 18:00 €700



  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of 50% is payable on confirmation of bookings. The deposit will go directly towards the final bill.


Photoshoot Packages

Getting married elsewhere? Blackrock Castle is also available to you as a photoshoot location on your wedding day.

We will welcome you with our red carpet and a glass of prosecco for the couple. Your photographer will have fully guided access to the Castle interior and exterior to create unforgettable wedding portraits using Cork city’s best loved castle as your backdrop.

  • Photoshoot location cost is €100 before 17:00 and €130 after 17:00.


Wedding Awards & Reviews


We got married in Blackrock Castle Observatory in December 2016 and we cannot say enough about it – From start to finish Angela, Donna and the team were amazing. They were great to deal with from paperwork and right up to making us feel so special on the big day. The grounds and views of Blackrock Castle itself are amazing, especially on a beautiful sunny day (despite it being December) which made for some unique, beautiful and very memorable photographs. We also dined in the restaurant on the day, the food was just beautiful and the service was brilliant. It is a day we will treasure and cherish forever. — Niamh Kenney

We had our Civil Partnership at Blackrock Castle. We can’t praise the staff at the castle enough… nothing we asked for was too much trouble. The castle looked truly stunning on the day, they did an excellent job with the decorating. All our guests are full of praise and many have said they will go to visit again. Michelle and Jerry from the castle restaurant organised our drinks and canapés which went down a treat… When its one of the most important days of your life I would have no trouble in recommending Blackrock Castle. If you want a truly unique setting that is turned into a beautiful romantic setting, this is the place for you. — Catriona

Our couples have rated us 4.9 out of 5 stars on WeddingDates.ie.