Supernova School Tour

The Supernova Package is the ultimate school tour bringing together our  most popular activities for only €9.00 per student and including tour, workshop, planetarium, and exhibition entry.

  • Cost: €9.00/student
  • Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours including break for food (if required)
  • Age group: Can be tailored to both primary and secondary groups

Capacity (if numbers are higher the school group can be divided):

  • Exhibition Space: 10 – 80
  • Primary Workshops: 10 – 30
  • Second Level Workshops: 10 – 25

Your school group will start their visit with a workshop led by our experienced staff. Workshops can vary from Alien Life to Rockets and need to be booked before your visit. Choose from these activities (primary) or these activities (post-primary).

The group will then move into our award winning interactive science exhibition Cosmos at the Castle where they will learn about the Universe, extreme life forms on Earth and life in outer space! Popular school group activities at Cosmos include:

  • The Pan Galactic Station where students send a message to space. This part of the exhibit attracts a lot of attention from people of all ages! Students get to type their message at our interactive kiosk and send it out at their command via our radio telescope, beaming it towards nearby stars with known planets in orbit around them.
  • Comet Chaser, Ireland’s first interactive theatre where they will virtually save the Earth!
  • The Planetarium where our staff take students on a tour of the night sky – an immersive experience within our inflated planetarium dome.

As the students work their way through the four large interactive displays they come to the CIT area. Here students can listen to our researchers from BCO Labs as they discuss their work in searching for new planets around distant stars using telescopes at BCO and abroad.

Your school group will now begin their guided tour of the Castle Tower and Gunnery. Your journey 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. Tours include a trip to the research towers and down to the Gunnery, which is a National Monument.

Tickets and Bookings

To book a workshop, please call 021-432-6120 or email