General Information

Crawford is only one of four remaining historical observatories on the island of Ireland, and the only one in a University campus. It has a Grubb Equatorial, Transit Circle and Siderostatic telescope all in good condition, with a working dome and roof shutter for the Transit Circle.

Originally built in 1880, after many decades, it gradually fell into disuse. It has now been rescued for use thanks to a restoration programme costing €800,000 and will again be used by staff and students for course work and research, and is open to the public.

Access and Facilities


Contact UCC’s Vistors’ Centre for access details.



Phone+353 21 4903000
AddressVisitors' Centre, North Wing, Main Quad, University College, Cork, Ireland.

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