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Blackrock Castle Observatory

Cork International Hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of Cork. Being a brief 10 minute journey from Cork City, why not explore beyond the horizon. Learn about the stars in the sky as you venture around CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory.

CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory (CITBCO) is a 16th Century Castle located on the banks of the River Lee. The castle was originally built to serve as a watch tower to guard the rivers entrance against pirates and other invaders. In present day, the Castle now serves as Ireland’s first fully interactive Astronomy Centre.

Make a trip to CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory a day the whole family can enjoy! Enjoy daily planetarium shows where you can learn about the wonders of the night sky before playing award-winning “The Comet Chaser” in Ireland’s first interactive theatre. Soak in all the facts and discoveries being made about space everyday and be sure to send a message to Space at the Pan Galactic Station before you finish your day there.

How To Get There

To begin your trip to Blackrock Castle Observatory, take the second exit at the first roundabout on leaving the hotel. Continue driving straight through the proceeding roundabouts until you join the N2, bringing you towards Cork City. Continue on this road for 3km before arriving at the Kinsale Road Roundabout. Take the third exit onto the N40 ramp for South Ring (East). Continue on this route for approximately 5km, before exiting for Mahon/Blackrock/Mahon Point (R852). Use the left 2 lanes for R852. Continue driving onwards for 700m before turning right onto St Michael’s Drive. Continue onwards until you meet a roundabout where you will take the first exit. Drive another 800m before exiting right for Castle Road. Continue on this route where you will find your destination on your right.

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