• Explore BCO's Universe

    Exciting interactive exhibits and activities await at BCO, from exploring space and alien lifeforms to the Castle's battlements, gunnery and rich maritime history.

    Exhibits & Tickets

  • Discover & Learn at BCO

    From school tours including castle visits as Gaeilge to workshops for all ages, a class trip to BCO educates and entertains through hands-on discovery.

    School Tours & Workshops

    Featured Exhibits

    Journeys of Exploration

    Housed in an iconic Cork landmark dating back to 1582, a visit to Blackrock Castle Observatory includes entry to Journeys of Exploration.

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    Cosmos at the Castle

    Learn about the Universe, extreme life forms on Earth and life in outer space!

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    Daily Schedule

    Plan your visit with an up to date list of the times of activities, tours and events at Blackrock Castle.

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    Upcoming Events

    Engineers Week CPD for Primary School Teachers

    Tuesday 12th February 2019, Wednesday 27th February, Tuesday 5th March, Wednesday 13th February

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    Space Week CPD for Primary Teachers

    5 days duration

    Tuesday 17th September 2019

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    BCO News & Blog

    Sky Matters – January 2019

    Sky Matters is a monthly Newsletter focused on Irish Astronomy. In this issue we look at the skies for January 2019, and the year ahead in space flight.

    Dr. Niall Smith, and Seán Kelly MEP, on Ireland’s Future in New Space

    Dr Niall Smith, Head of CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, discusses Ireland's place in the emergent New Space sector, with Seán Kelly MEP

    Sky Matters – December 2018

    Sky Matters - A monthly Newsletter from CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory about the night sky.

    STARMAN

    CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory are thrilled to announce the release of Starman!

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