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View of Blackrock Castle Observatory by the River Lee

Blackrock Castle and Observatory in Cork

Cork
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Ireland's Space for Science

Overview

Originally built as a defensive fortification on the banks of the river Lee at the approach to Cork city, Blackrock Castle today houses an observatory and science centre. This award-winning interactive astronomy centre is open to the public groups and offers exhibitions to learn about our universe.

 

Cosmos at the Castle is a self-guided experience, where your group can spend hours browsing cosmic history. You can send an email to space, experience the early formation of the universe and the first development of live, save Earth in the Comet Chaser game, discover the night sky in the planetarium and take part in interactive experiments at the SFI Discovery Zone.

 

Journeys of Exploration will teach you all about Blackrock’s past, when it was used to protect trade routes from smugglers and pirates. The tour includes the gunnery, riverside terrace and the tower top, from which you can enjoy a magnificent view of the river Lee, Lough Mahon and Cork harbour.

 

Blackrock Castle also regularly hosts temporary exhibitions. Currently, a collection of Space Mission Patches, provided by author John O’Sullivan, offers a comprehensive overview of human spaceflight from the early 1960s, the Apollo Moon Missions and to the construction of the International Space Station.

 

Blackrock is just one of Ireland’s numerous castles – if you group wants to see more, have a look at some of our favourites castles of Ireland.

 

 

Photo Gallery
View of the castle towers and people on the picknick tables
Useful Information
Opening Hours

10.00am – 5.00pm

 

Daily Schedule

 

11:00 – Cosmos at the Castle Planetarium Show
11:30 – Journeys of Exploration Castle Tour
12:00 – Cosmos at the Castle Planetarium Show
13:00 – Journeys of Exploration Castle Tour
13:30 – Cosmos at the Castle Planetarium Show
14:00 – Journeys of Exploration Castle Tour
15:00 – Cosmos at the Castle Planetarium Show
15:30 – Journeys of Exploration Castle Tour
16:00 – Cosmos at the Castle Planetarium Show

16:30 – Journeys of Exploration Castle Tour

Duration of Visit

60-90 minutes approximately

 

Notes for Group Leaders

Self Guided visit includes Cosmos at the Castle Planetarium Show & Journeys of Exploration Castle Tour

 

Address

Castle Road, Blackrock, Co. Cork, Ireland

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