Blackrock Castle

Have fun with hands-on science exhibits, visit an interactive theater and learn about Cork’s past while you explore this 400-year-old riverfront castle.

Visit Blackrock Castle for an in-depth discovery of the universe in which we live and the chance to hear the stories of Cork’s ancient royal rulers. Officially the Blackrock Castle Observatory, The Space for Science, it has educational and historical exhibits suitable for all ages. Established as a stronghold in 1582, Blackrock Castle was later the seat of Cork’s maritime courts. It reopened as a science museum in 2007.

Today, a major highlight of this castle and museum is the self-guided Cosmos at the Castle exhibit. Find an extensive collection of displays that strive to make understanding our universe simpler. See up-to-date scientific breakthroughs, including the detection of Earth’s extreme life forms and how they affect life in space. Sit in front of giant cinema screens and watch video presentations explaining the evolution of life on Earth.

Come to the Pan Galactic Station, where you can write and send an email into outer space. Be amazed as a radio telescope transmits your message to your chosen destination via the solar system. After your visit, check the progress of your message and later look for a response on the castle’s official website.

Take command of an important space mission in the Comet Chaser. In this interactive theater gaming exhibit, you are in charge of saving the world by making scientific judgments to divert a potentially destructive comet. Joining you on your mission are scientists from the European Space Agency.

Be sure to join a guided tour of the castle’s centuries-old dungeon, gunnery and halls. Listen to the tales of the former royal residents such as James I of England. Enjoy sweeping views of Cork Harbour from the castle’s turrets. Have refreshments ranging from coffee and snacks to gourmet dinners at the Castle Café.

Located on an outcrop overlooking the River Lee, Blackrock Castle is a 20-minute drive from Cork’s city center. Use the free parking available adjacent to the castle or public bus stops nearby.

Blackrock Castle is open daily and has an admission fee. Find full details, plus information about art expositions and special events, on the castle’s official website.

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