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Housed in a historic 16th century fort with panoramic views of Cork harbour, Blackrock Castle is today home to a research observatory, science centre and a beautiful café/restaurant serving lunch and dinner.

Visit us for guided tours through the heart of the Castle, planetarium shows and interactive exhibits Cosmos at the Castle and Journeys of Exploration. Investigate hands-on science at our Science Foundation Ireland Discover Zone and delve into space science with our friendly Explainers. Explore the towers and gunnery atop the rocky outcrop at Blackrock Castle and wander through more than 400 years of Cork’s defended landscape.

Blackrock Castle Observatory is 5 kilometres from Cork City on the inner harbour of the River Lee.

Admission Cost

Adults: €6.50

Students, Seniors and Children

(8-14 years): €4.50

Family (2 Adults, 2 Children): €18

Children under 5 are free

Admission is free for members.

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