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I-Lofar (Irish Low Frequency Array) Telescope

I-LOFAR (Irish Low Frequency Array), a very new and exciting project here at Birr Castle Demesne. Following the award of 1.4 million from Science Foundation Ireland to Trinity College, Trinity have built a cutting edge radio telescope here at Birr Castle Demesne. The new I-LOFAR connects Ireland to the international LOFAR telescope. Birr Castle Demesne is the perfect location for such a project following on in the spectacular shadows of the “Leviathan” otherwise known as the Great Telescope which was built at Birr Castle back in 1845 and the Leviathan remained that largest telescope in the world for 75 years.
For more information on this exciting project please visit a project run by Trinity College Dublin.

Christmas at Birr Castle December 1-23 SOLD OUT

Santa at Birr CastleCome and enjoy the magic of Christmas at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre this December. Be greeted and entertained by the Castle elves, before taking a trip to the enchanting Birr Castle where you will find Mrs Claus in the drawing room beside an enormous roaring fire and be read a magical festive story. Your visit continues to the elegant dining room where you will meet the man himself… Santa Claus!

Santa will visit Birr Castle Demesne over 9 dates this year kicking off on December 1st up to Saturday 23rd December. Dates available are Dec 1st,2nd,8th,9th,15th,16th,17th,22nd and 23rd. Event runs daily at 14.00 to 19.15 with timeslots every 30 minutes.
Tickets are priced at €18 per child (12 months to 16 years) and €8 per adult, pre-booking is essential. Each booked child will receive an age appropriate gift from Santa as well as a sweet treat and hot chocolate. The Santa visit experience lasts for 45 minutes, but there is plenty more to see and do at Birr Castle Gardens.

Pre-booked adult and children tickets also include general admission to the Treehouse adventure playground and gardens. (T&C apply)
Payment required at time of booking. Online Booking available from