18-26 August 2018
CASTLE & DRESS COLLECTION TOURS
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.