Heritage Week at Birr Castle


We are constantly updating our events schedule for 2019 and below is a guideline to what is coming up:

In the meantime it’s best to  follow us on our Facebook page to keep up to-date with our events. Or sign up for our email newsletter here.

Family Quest

For those interested in nature, discovery and adventure, Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre is the place for you. The team at Birr have created the “Family Quest” which will take the young and maybe not so young explorers on a journey through time, from great engineering feats to wildlife discoveries, and many more highlights in between.

Quest included in admission price and memberships. Suitable for all ages. Quest will be available from reception. Pre-booking not required.

The new Quest will return in Spring 2020!

Book HERE!

For information regarding STEM Weeks for SCHOOLS please click here!

For information regarding STEM Weeks for SCHOOLS please click here!

Launch of Science week with Caroline Clancy

9 November 11:00 – 12:00

Caroline Clancy, Environmental Officer for Offaly County Council will be giving a free talk to mark the launch of Science week 2019 at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre.

Themes will include recycling, litter and waste management. Followed by a Q&A afterwards.

All welcome!


16 November 12:00 – 14:00

FREE EVENT as part of Midlands Science Festival. 

Age 7+

It’s Gas! Explores climate change and the greenhouse effect in a child-friendly way. Using inquiry-based learning, we will explore how carbon dioxide is produced within modern society and how that impacts upon global warming and how a warmer climate affects everything from sea levels to biodiversity. A variety of scientific experiments and investigations will help us draw our own conclusions as to what steps we can take to reduce our carbon footprint.

Spaces are limited. Early booking advised. To book phone 057 9120336


The Magic of Christmas



Come and enjoy the Magic of Christmas at Birr Castle Demesne.

Be greeted and entertained by Santa’s elves, before taking a trip to the enchanting Birr Castle where you will find Mrs Claus waiting to greet you in the elegant dining room.   Your visit continues into the stunning castle library where you will meet the man himself…Santa Claus!

The Magic of Christmas experience includes admission into the seven Science Galleries all day, and access to the playground and gardens up to 16:00. Pre-booking is essential. Each pre-booked/pre-paid child will receive an age appropriate gift. The Courtyard Café and Gift Shop will be open throughout the event.

  • Child €18.00
  • Adult €8.00

Please note, access to the castle is via the castle front door which includes climbing 10 steps.

Book Tickets

2020 Events

50th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships 2020

September 2020





Ballooning is 100% weather dependent and subject to quite strict weather conditions, the balloons are scheduled to launch twice each day at approximately 7:30 am and 6:00 pm.