About CIT Blackrock Castle

In an exciting collaboration between Cork City Council, the Cork Institute of Technology and a private benefactor, Blackrock Castle was re opened to the public in November 2007 as CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, the Space for Science.  We are open 7 days a week.  Enjoy our international award winning science centre & riverside restaurant!


History of Blackrock Castle

Blackrock Castle: From watchtower to observatory!

Our Mission

Promoting science, engineering and technology in Ireland as a centre of excellence in scientific research, education and outreach.


BCO has been the grateful recipient of a number of prestigious awards recognising our extraordinary venue, research and educational initiatives.

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We are committed to best practice in fundraising for our StarWall supporters of Blackrock Castle.

Cork Institute of Technology

CIT operates the internationally award-winning CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, a unique partnership between CIT and Cork City Council.

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