Things to see or do
- Directions: Follow the Blackrock road to Blackrock village. Up the hill at Castle Road to the castle. Check the map on the website for further help. Bus No.2 from city centre.
- Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 10.00 – 17.00 Saturday & Sunday: 11.00 – 17.00 (Subject to change)
- Admission prices: Adult: €6, Student/Senior/Child 5-14 yrs: €4, Family (2 adults & 2 children): €16, Child under 5: Free of charge.
- Facilities: Castle Café restaurant. Guided tours. Language guides. Workshops and theme weeks. Retail shop. Parking.
- Methods of payment: Visa, Mastercard, Laser or cash.
- Disabled access: There is partial wheelchair access to ground floor of exhibition space only. No wheelchair access on tour.
- Castle Tours: At set times only & these bring you to the only areas that still exist as a Castle. Blackrock Castle is home to an interactive science exhibition where you can learn about the Universe. CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory is the Space for Science where you can learn about the Universe.
Blackrock Castle ObservatoryCork City Cork - Ireland South
CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory - the Space for Science is Cork’s fun and exciting location to learn about the Universe. Over 400 years ago the fortification which is now Blackrock Castle was built at the river Lee where the narrowing channel leads to Cork, and has been part of the city’s history ever since. Today the Castle is a science centre and is home to Cosmos at the Castle, an award winning interactive astronomy exhibition which highlights recent scientific discoveries and their implications for life in outer space. Cosmos at teh Castle is self guided and has approximately 1 hour worth of content. You can send a Message to Space at the Pan Galactic Station and it will be sent at your command via the Castle’s radio telescope and beamed towards nearby stars with known planets in orbit around them. The Castle is also home to The Comet Chaser, Ireland’s first interactive theatre. In this cinematic gaming experience, you make decisions that directly influence the design of a vital space mission to divert a comet on a crash course to collide with Earth. Using scientific principles to make critical decisions along the way, players in The Comet Chaser determine the outcome of the game. To see the areas that still remain as a Castle then ‘behind the scenes’ guided tours take place at set times only. During the summer months of July and August the tours take place at 13.30 and 15.30 daily and at winter they only take place at weekends and bank holidays at 13.30 and 15.30 also. Your tour guide will bring the past present and future together and take you down to the Dungeon, a National Monument out on to the lower roof where you can take in views of Cork Harbour. A working research observatory with a 16” robotic telescope is managed by BCOlabs at the Castle. This team comprises of a team of researchers from CIT engaged in searching for new planets around distant stars using telescopes at BCO and abroad. Please note that as BCOlabs is a full time research facility public access cannot be granted to the Observatory at this time.
ContactTelephone+353 (0)21 435 7917
Address: Blackrock Castle, Castle Road, Blackrock, Cork City, Republic Of Ireland