CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory

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Rainy Day Activities to do with the kids in Cork

CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory – the Space for Science is Cork’s fun and exciting location to learn about the Universe.

Over 400 years ago the fortification which is now Blackrock Castle was built at the river Lee where the narrowing channel leads to Cork, and has been part of the city’s history ever since.

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Today the Castle is a science centre and is home to Cosmos at the Castle, an award winning interactive astronomy exhibition which highlights recent scientific discoveries and their implications for life in outer space. Cosmos at teh Castle is self guided and has approximately 1 hour worth of content.

You can send a Message to Space at the Pan Galactic Station and it will be sent at your command via the Castle’s radio telescope and beamed towards nearby stars with known planets in orbit around them.

The Castle is also home to The Comet Chaser, Ireland’s first interactive theatre. In this cinematic gaming experience, you make decisions that directly influence the design of a vital space mission to divert a comet on a crash course to collide with Earth. Using scientific principles to make critical decisions along the way, players in The Comet Chaser determine the outcome of the game.

Rainy Day Activities to do with the kids in Cork

Daily Schedule

Date: March 14-December 31

When looking for Rainy Day Activities to do with the kids in Cork join us for Planetarium Shows, Castle Tower Tours and work your way through our self-guided science exhibition Cosmos at the Castle where you can Send a Message to Space, learn about the Universe and play the Comet Chaser against each other to save the Earth!

With the opening of Journeys of Exploration, the Gunnery is now a self-guided area of the exhibit. Explore the maritime history of Cork Harbour in the Gunnery, Cargo Corridor and look out over the river from our Harbour Terrace.

11:00 – Planetarium Show

11:30 – Castle Tour – more tour info

12:00 – Planetarium Show

13:00 – Castle Tour – more tour info

13:30 – Planetarium Show

14:00 –  Castle Tour – more tour info

15:00 – Planetarium Show

15:30 – Castle Tour – more tour info

16:00 – Last entrance into the science centre

16:00 – Planetarium Show


A working research observatory with a 16Ó robotic telescope is managed by BCOlabs at the Castle. This team comprises of a team of researchers from CIT engaged in searching for new planets around distant stars using telescopes at BCO and abroad. Please note that as BCOlabs is a full time research facility public access cannot be granted to the Observatory at this time.

Rainy Day Activities to do with the kids in Cork

the dome blackrock castle
Adults: €6.50 Students, Seniors and Children (5-14 years): €4.50 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children): €18

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