blackrockcastle Blackrock Castle Observatory

Explore BCO’s Universe

Take a tour through Blackrock Castle’s history of smugglers and pirates, tour the dungeon and fire the cannon; explore our our self-guided science and Send a Message to Space, learn about the Universe and play the Comet Chaser against each other to save the Earth!

CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory is home to Cosmos at the Castle, Cork’s fun and exciting location to learn about the Universe. Cosmos at the Castle is an award winning exhibition highlighting recent discoveries of extreme life forms on Earth and their implications for life in outer space.

Housed in an iconic Cork landmark dating back to 1582, a visit to Blackrock Castle Observatory includes entry to Journeys of Exploration. This new interactive experience brings the visitor through the heart of the Castle along a route that tells the story of Cork’s defended landscape, its merchant trade and the smugglers and pirates that navigated one of the world’s deepest natural harbours. The story is told in audio and guided experiences at the 16th century fort while touring the gunnery, riverside terrace and towers.

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