Housed in an iconic Cork landmark dating back to 1582, a visit to Blackrock Castle Observatory includes entry to Journeys of Exploration. This new interactive experience brings the visitor through the heart of the Castle along a route that tells the story of Cork’s defended landscape, its merchant trade and the smugglers and pirates that navigated one of the world’s deepest natural harbours. The story is told in audio and guided experiences at the 16th century fort while touring the gunnery, riverside terrace and towers.
Cork Harbour on Ireland’s Ancient East is one of the finest natural anchorages in the world. Join our local guides on an immersive journey of discovery across more than 500 years of globally influential history and learn why Cork is truly Ireland’s Maritime Paradise. Blackrock Castle is the oldest surviving structure still in use in the city of Cork. This historic castle has served as an Admiralty Court, a lighthouse, a signalling station and a gun battery, defending the river approach to Cork. Journeys of Exploration is presented at Blackrock Castle Observatory in association with Failte Ireland, celebrating stories along Ireland’s Ancient East.