News and Events

03-12 August 2018

Tea Rooms of Birr Castle Gardens


Vivienne Roche (Aosdana), is one of Ireland’s foremost artists, a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy, a former member of the Arts Council (1993-1998), a founder member and first chairperson of the National Sculpture Factory in Cork, and the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from University College Cork (2006) and of Cork Institute of Technology Alumni Award (2010). She is a member of the Board of the National Gallery of Ireland (2015-18).

‘Portents and Hope’
‘I am increasingly concerned with climate change. As a species we need to be reminded of the longer-term consequences of our actions. I have made a series of ‘Climate Bells’ that President Higgins has gifted to world leaders after the Paris Climate Accord. Three of them are in this show.
It also includes a series of eighteen works of the sky as seen from a plane, and a series of photos of trees in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris which have been culled and treated in “Permanent Rose” following disease. Finally I include a little interactive piece that is a research pilot for a large work I would like to make concerning time and harmonisation. Members of the public are invited to participate’.

Sunday 05 August 2018Mary Ward’s Amazing World of Wonder - Birr Castle
Mary Ward’s Amazing World of Wonder
22:00, 22:35 & 23:00






Tuesday 07 August 2018Cricket 6 Boys in Silk Blouses - Birr Castle
€5.00 Per Person
€15.00 for a Family of 4 (2 adults + 2 children)
All proceeds go to Temple Street Children’s Hospital

Gates open from 17:00
Match commences at 18:00
Location: Cricket Pavilion at Birr Castle
Pimm’s, Sweet and Savoury Treats on sale on the day.

Dust off your cricket whites and join a team to raise money and awareness for this hugely worthy cause. Anyone who would like to take part, simply contact with your details. Spaces are filling up fast and limited to a first comes basis.

Spectators are welcome via reception and all tickets sales will go to Temple Street Children’s Hospital It has been many years since a game of cricket was playing on the Demense, great to see it back for the 50th year of the Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival!

08 AUGUST 2018Lambert Puppet Theatre - Birr Castle

With Maureen Lambert, Puppeteer
12:00, 13:30 & 15:00
Adult €12.50
Child (age 5-16 years) €10.00
Children aged 4 and under FREE

Price includes admission to the Science Centre, gardens and the Treehouse Adventure PlaygroundLambert Puppet Theatre - Birr Castle
*Special discount applies for Friends of Birr Castle Gardens – please enquire at reception for details

45-minute Puppet Show including meet and greet with Baby Bear
Booking is essential as places are limited

Imagine a storybook that comes alive! Miriam Lambert is delighted to present “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” where the story comes alive within her original two-tier puppet booth. Peek and Boo, Miriam’s signature characters guide the children to the tale of a little girl who pays a visit to the home of the adorable Baby Bear!
Miriam Lambert has been at the heart of the Irish puppetry industry since her childhood, having grown up with the Lambert Puppet Theatre in Dublin. Trained by her mentor and father, the late Master puppeteer Eugene Lambert, she has played an integral part in the creation of many of the legendary puppet characters and performances in the renowned Lambert productions. Her unique and creative style of puppetry is a theatrical joy for both child and adult to behold.
BOOK NOW by calling 0579120336 or email
Please note that this is a pre-paid event, and payment must be made on booking.

Wednesday 15th AugustFAMILY ROCKET LAUNCH EVENT - Birr Castle

11:00 and 13:00
Adult €9
Child (age 7-12 years) €5

This event ticket includes general admission to the Science Galleries, 120 acres of gardens and parklands and the Treehouse Adventure Playground.

1 -hour Rocket make and launch event.

Pre-Booking is essential as places are limited.
BOOK NOW by calling 0579120336 or email
Please note that this is a pre-paid event, and payment must be made on booking.

18-26 August 2018
National Heritage Week

Tours at 10:00, 11:30, 13:00 & 14:30 Daily
€18.00 per person (not suitable for children under 12 years)

Insider view of Birr’s stunning fashion collection at Birr Castle. Are you a fashionista? Or an interiors devotee? Or a serious fan of Netflix’s award winning “The Crown” series? Would you like to see some stunning dresses by designers like Irene Gilbert, Charles James and Jacqmar, including the coat dress that Anne, 6th Countess of Rosse, wore to her son Anthony’s wedding to Princess Margaret? The come to Birr Castle this Heritage week, 18-26 August 2018. This is a chance to be part of living history. For the first time ever, a sneak preview of the amazing collection of dresses available at Birr will be displayed in the magnificent interiors of Birr Castle.

We are delighted to announce that the 7th Earl of Rosse, William Brendan Parsons and Alison Lady Rosse have opened their home to the public for an extended range of summer castle tours (approx. 90 minute tour) during Heritage Week, with the added bonus of being able to see a small number of these authentic, world acclaimed dresses, some of which have already been on display in places like the V & A in London and at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Your guide will also discuss where and when the dresses were worn, tell you about the antique furniture, the family portraits, chandeliers and tapestries within the rooms you visit.

Admission ticket also allows you to explore the 120 acres of gardens, explore Ireland’s largest tree house, marvel at the Great Telescope and visit the galleries of the Science Centre.

Pre-booking is essential to avoid disappointment as places are strictly limited.
A collection of six unique dresses will be on display, each with their own story.
Castle tours are suitable for 12 years and above only.
Unfortunately Castle tours are not suitable for those dependent on wheelchairs as there are several steps at the entrance to the castle, which dates back the sixteenth century.

BOOK NOW by calling 0579120336 or email
Please note that this is a pre-paid event, and payment must be made on booking.

Friday 24th AUGUST 2018BAT WALK AND TALK - Birr Castle Events

BAT WALK AND TALK (One of our Heritage Week events)
€5 PER PERSON Pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited.
21:15 – 23:00 Meet inside the welcome Courtyard at Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre.

Join us at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre as we celebrate International Bat Day and discover the many native bats that reclaim the skies above us each night.

Learn how to identify Ireland’s different bat species, how they hunt in darkness and why we should be happy to have them living alongside us.
At dusk, we’ll enter the demesne with our bat detectors and explore the treeline, rivers and lakeside listening for bats flying and feeding over the water and surrounding areas.

We have bat detectors that will be handed out for the evening, but please bring a torch if you have one.
The ground is un-even so suitable footwear and clothing is essential.

Suitable for ages 8+
Please be aware that this is a weather dependent event.
BOOK NOW by calling 0579120336 or email

48th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships 23 – 28 September 2018Hot Air Balloning - Birr Castle

Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre is delighted to announce the return of the Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships to the demesne this September.
This event is the longest running national ballooning event in the world, and is the biggest of its kind in Ireland. These huge ancient aircraft create quite a spectacle, flying totally dependant on the wind for direction.
Launches will take place in the demesne early morning and late evening, with times to be confirmed. Launches are weather dependant and may be cancelled at short notice.

Saturday 6 October  – Teaching Earth and Space in the Junior Cycle Conference

Saturday 27 October to Saturday 3 November- Halloween Midterm

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Monday 29 October to Tuesday 30 October- Puca at Birr Castle

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December- Magic of Christmas

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