News and Events

Herons on the Lake at Birr Castle Demesne 21 April 2018

11:00 – 13:00
Herons on the Lake at Birr Demesne
Event by Offaly Naturalists Field Club, led by Tim O’Rourke. The heronry at the lake at Birr Castle is over a century-old. Don’t miss this chance to view these fascinating pre-historic looking birds during their nesting season via telescope on the lawn.
Bring binoculars if to hand.
Admission fee applies €7 adult

Family Quest NEW From 1 May 2018

Our team have created a fun and educational Family Quest which will take young, and not so young explorers on a journey of discovery, adventure, science and nature.
The quest is included in the admission price and is available to all families visiting the demesne. The quest is available from reception and pre-booking is not required.
General admission tickets are required for the quest.
Book your tickets now at:

International Dawn Chorus Day with Alex Copeland 6 May 2018
04:15 am

International Dawn Chorus Day is the worldwide celebration of nature’s symphony. Join Alex Copeland of Birdwatch Ireland on a guided walk through the demesne, to enjoy and identify bird song during the dawn chorus. A truly unmissable event!
Breakfast available from 06:30 in the Courtyard Cafè.

48th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships 23 – 28 September 2018

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.