There is so much to do for children at Birr Castle!
Did you know that over 150 years ago Birr was the silicon valley of the world? If you were a mad scientist, engineer or astronomer Birr was the place to be.
Why – before the days of computer, broadband and smart phones, you had to travel to where the big discoveries were being made, not only did Birr have the biggest telescope in the world, but also had some of the best engineering, mathematical and creative minds. Everyone from as far away as Australia and Russia, and even Charles Babbage (the inventor of the computer) came and were inspired.
We believe strongly at Birr that by using the past inventions and discoveries of the Parsons’ family, we can captivate our young, so that they can see how science can be fun and is relevant to their lives, and inspire them to continue to study this exciting subject through leaving unto a fulfilling career.
Tree House Adventure Area
The Treehouse Adventure Area at Birr Castle Gardens is open daily from 9.00 until 17.30. It features Ireland’s largest treehouse along with bouncy pillow, sand pits, climbing frames, slides and much more. Dogs are not permitted within the playground area. The bouncy pillow is open at weekends and during school holidays from 11.00 to 17.30 (weather permitting).Children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times within the gardens and treehouse area.
Annie's Sweet Shop
Also onsite is Annie’s Sweet Shop which serves ice-cream, drinks, sweets and healthy snacks. Lots of picnic tables are available for you to bring also your own lunch or get a prepared one from the Castle Courtyard Cafe.
The seating area here can be reserved for birthday parties and other children’s events. Please contact reception for further information on reserving the seating area.
Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre offers the perfect school tour options for any age group. The demesne offers students the opportunity to learn in a fun filled way, with the opportunity to visit our award winning gardens, historic science centre, great telescope and treehouse adventure area. There are two tour options available for school tours.
The tour begins with a guided tour of the Science Centre, which includes information on the Great Telescope, planets, stars and the Parsons family. The tour guide will then bring the children outside to view the exterior of the castle and the Great Telescope itself. This tour also includes a workshop where the children can launch rockets and record results. We ask that you allow at least 3 hours for this tour which includes time for their lunch.
The tour guide will take the children through the Science Centre, and outside to view the castle, the Great Telescope and also parts of the gardens. This tour can also include a trail for the children, where they follow a map to different locations in the gardens or science centre and answer questions related to the stop. This option costs €5.00 per child. The guided tour is €25.00 per guide required (depending on group size). This option is also available without a guided tour, the teachers can take the children around the Science Centre and the gardens with the help of our visitor’s map.