• 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 2018

    12 days duration

    Monday 19th February 2018

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    Seachtain na Gaeilge

    15 days duration

    Thursday 1st March 2018

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    Junior Space Camp

    Sold Out!

    Sunday 4th March 2018

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    BCO News & Blog

    We’re hiring an Explainer/Administrator

    Have you got what it takes to be a part of our team at Ireland’s Space for Science?

    Christmas Opening Hours

    We are closed on the following dates for Christmas: December 24, 25, 26 and January 1 Outside of the above dates CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory is open daily from 10:00-17:00 Send a message to the North Pole  Young visitors can send a message to the North Pole via our radio dish   We would like to wish all of our customers a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

    Christmas Stocking Fillers

    We have lots of great stocking fillers for your budding scientists from hands on cool science kits to space themed bedtime stories and home planetarium kits all from €5 – €45.      

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