• 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

    Blackrock Castle is closed on the following dates: Sunday, 29th March, 2020 (All day), Monday, 30th March, 2020, Tuesday, 31st March, 2020, Wednesday, 1st April, 2020, Thursday, 2nd April, 2020, Friday, 3rd April, 2020, Saturday, 4th April, 2020, Sunday, 5th April, 2020, Monday, 6th April, 2020, Tuesday, 7th April, 2020, Wednesday, 8th April, 2020, Thursday, 9th April, 2020, Friday, 10th April, 2020, Saturday, 11th April, 2020, Sunday, 12th April, 2020, Monday, 13th April, 2020, Tuesday, 14th April, 2020, Wednesday, 15th April, 2020, Thursday, 16th April, 2020, Friday, 17th April, 2020, Saturday, 18th April, 2020, Sunday, 19th April, 2020 Details

    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

    ESERO Ireland Workshops in Tech Week 2020

    Tuesday 31st March 2020, Wednesday 1st April, Thursday 2nd April

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    BCO News & Blog

    NOTICE OF CLOSURE

    CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory will remain closed until April 19th

    Sky Matters – February 2020

    Sky Matters February 2020 - Sky Matters is a monthly newsletter about the night sky, published by CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory.

    Sky Matters – January 2020

    Sky Matters January 2020 - Sky Matters is a monthly newsletter about the night sky, published by CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory.

    Sky Matters – December 2019

    Sky Matters December 2019 - Sky Matters is a monthly newsletter about the night sky, published by CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory.

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