Castle Tours and School Visits

Out of this World School Tours at the Castle

BCO is dedicated to primary, secondary and third level education in Ireland. Through innovative workshops and partnership, we bring science education alive for students of all ages and are a crucial provider of on-going science education for teachers. On our intergalactic school tours you learn about the Universe, send a Message to Space, play the Comet Chaser, discover the night sky in the Planetarium and go behind the scenes to the telescope tower and down to the gunnery. And that’s only in our interactive exhibition space!

Workshops & Tour Packages

Each of our extended School Tour Packages has a version tailored specifically to the ages of your primary or secondary students, and all include entry to our exhibits, the planetarium, and a behind the scenes tour to the telescope tower and the gunnery! All packages include a FREE teachers planning visit, too:

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


Notes for Teachers:

  • Discounted bus rates with Bus Éireann available for Cork schools, subject to availability. Please call Frances McCarthy on 021 4557124 or email
  • Free planning visit for teachers included in each tour package
  • Bus parking facilities available
  • Lunch space is provided; students may eat their pre-packed lunch in the Castle courtyard or classroom (if available)
  • Educational resources for teachers are available on our education website,

Rave Reviews:

Myriam Journet, Cork City: “Brilliant! A space that opens other dimensions!”

Admission Rates

  • Students €5.00 (Stellar) OR €9.00 (Supernova).
  • Free for Teachers & Planning Visits