CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory

A trip to CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory is filled with fun and educational things to do for families, children, groups and science enthusiasts. Enjoy the science exhibition, planetarium, games and more! 

Open Year Round.

No Booking or Payment Card Fees. Tickets Valid for 365 days - use at leisure.

Blackrock, Cork City (See Map Below)


CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory is home to Cosmos at the Castle, Cork's fun and exciting location to learn about the Universe. Cosmos at the Castle is an award-winning exhibition highlighting recent discoveries of extreme life forms on Earth and their implications for life in outer space.

The Universe is at your fingertips during this interactive, self-guided experience. Explore hours of Earth and Space science video content; send an email to Space at the Pan Galactic Station and track its navigation; explore the night sky in the state of the art planetarium; meet Cosmo, a friendly virtual astronaut, and share your theories on alien life; use cinema sized video screens to explore the formation of the Universe and how life developed on Earth; play The Comet Chaser in Ireland's first interactive theatre and virtually save the Earth; and find out what researchers from the Cork Institute of Technology are up to at BCO Labs.

At scheduled times (daily at 13:30 and 15:30) take a journey back in time and learn about the history of Blackrock Castle. Explore the lower rooftop overlooking Cork Harbour and then dive down to the dungeon, a National Monument, while your guide regales you with tales of the past and present.


By Car: From the city centre, follow the N22 (St.Patrick's Street) and N8 (Merchant's Quay), turn right onto Custom House Street and cross the bridge to Albert's Quay. Turn onto Victoria Road and continue on to the Blackrock Road. At Blackrock village, continue up the hill to Castle Road. Parking is below the Castle.

By Bus: The number 202 bus will bring you to Blackrock Village or St.Luke's. Either stop is a short 5 minute walk from the Castle.

CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory Location:

The Pan Galactic Email Station

Send a message to space! Write your message at the interactive kiosk and they will send it at your command via their radio telescope and beam it towards nearby stars with known planets in orbit around them.

Follow the signal as it travels in real-time out of the solar system and on towards your selected destination.

Find out how long it will take before you could expect a response!

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CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory
Castle Road, Blackrock, Cork
T. +353 (0)21 435 7917

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Open Year Round

Daily 10:00 - 17:00

Closed: December 25, 26 and January 1.

Last admission one hour before closing time.

Approx Visit Duration: 90 minutes

Tours: Guided tours at 13.30 and 15.30 at no extra cost. Self-guiding at other times.


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Tickets are guaranteed best value and are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase - for use during attraction opening dates and times.


Leaflets available in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Finnish and Chinese.


The Castle Café offers snacks, brunch, lunch and dinner menus. It also caters for special diets. See 


Gift Shop on-site selling scientific items, books, room projectors and more. 


Free car and coach parking below the castle (notification is needed for coaches as there is a height barrier).


Castle is partially wheelchair accessible with accessible toilet.  

Note: Opening times may be subject to change and attraction website and contact details will be on your ticket for any updates. 

Indoor (all weather) Family Friendly Cool for Kids (under 8) Wheelchair access (partial) Restaurant Tea Rooms / Coffee Shop Car Parking at Attraction Coach Parking at Attraction Guided Tours Assistance / Guide Dogs Permitted Gift Shop
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