Tours to the  Dome Tower Top will take place daily at 11:30, 13:00, 14:00 & 15:30

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. The fort allowed a safe passage for friendly ships and warded off invaders; today CIT Blackrock Castle is a research observatory, science centre & watch tower of the skies.

Join us on ‘behind the scenes’ tours of the Castle’s towers where a guide will take you on a trip back through the colourful history of Blackrock, Cork or into the future of blazars, quasars and the BCO Planet Search Programme. The Gunnery is now a fully open self-guided exhibit area!

School Tours

On our intergalactic school tours you learn about the Universe, send a Message to Space, play the Comet Chaser and go behind the scenes to the telescope tower and down to the Gunnery. And that’s only in our interactive exhibition space!

You can also add a tailored workshop to your cosmic visit and make your school tour a complete, fun and educational visit. Booking essential

Corporate Tours

Private evening tours of the Castle and Science Centre can be arranged for groups of 10 or more. Booking essential

Rates for corporate tours are as follows:

10-15: €150

16-25: €200

26-40: €300

41- 50: €400