Blackrock Castle Observatory - K.ristof - cc

The Blackrock Castle Observatory

Ireland location
Blackrock Castle Observatory - K.ristof - cc

Tourist site informations:

Ireland Location County Ireland: County Cork (Republic of Ireland)
Address: Castle Road - Blackrock Village, Cork
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The Blackrock Castle Observatory is a beautiful 16th century castle located less than 2km from Cork City. Today used as an astronomy observation centre, the castle was once built to protect Cork from pirate attacks. A castle that is well worth a visit, and will fascinate all star lovers!

Visit the Blackrock Castle Observatory

A rather fun stargazing center!

Blackrock Castle Observatory - Mike Roth - cc

Blackrock Castle Observatory – Mike Roth – cc

Blackrock Castle was built at the request of the citizens of Cork to Queen Elizabeth I. They wanted to have a castle capable of watching over the city, and to protect them from possible assailants who could disembark through the port (dangerous pirates in search of wealth and looting).

This magnificent castle was used for banquets and official events for a long time until 1827, when it was ravaged by a terrible fire. Rebuilt in 1828 and 1829 the castle was added 3 more floors to the original tower.

It was only purchased by the Cork Corporation in 2001, and was transformed into a space observation centre through a partnership with Cork City Council, the Cork Institute of Technology and private patronage.

From now on, the Blackrock Castle Observatory welcomes the general public to talk about space, the universe, stars and even extraterrestrial life! And this, with the help of high-tech touch terminals, videos, telescopes and other tools to observe the sky. A way to reconcile past, present and future!

Useful information

Address Address : Castle Road - Blackrock Village, Cork
Location : (County Cork)

Coordonnées GPSGPS : 51.900302,-8.402453

Opening timeOpening time: Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

DurationDuration time: 45 minutes

Price(s)Price(s): 7€ per adult - 5€ per child
* target price may vary depending on the season and the policy of the establishment.

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