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.

Running daily from May to September, 09:00 to 17:00.

Book HERE!

49th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships 2019

22 – 27 September 2019

Evening Launch Tickets 16:30 to 19:00 –

€5.00 PP or €15.00 Family of 4. Free event for friends of Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre.

Please note tickets purchased for the Hot Air Balloon Championships can be redeemed on any evening when flights are going ahead between 16:30 and 19:00. Access to the Demesne prior to this time will be at normal price.

The main launch HQ for the event will be Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre with flights taking place over the beautiful town of Birr throughout the week.

It is not possible to provide flights to the public during the week however it is a fun, social event for everyone’s enjoyment so get your cameras ready and record your favourite shots for the album.

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 but public only have access to Birr Castle Demesne for the Evening flight. 

*21/09/2019 – 

We are all very excited to welcome the 49th Hot Air Ballooning Championships to Birr Castle Demesne this coming week.  It is a wonderful spectacle, but it is very weather dependent.  The organisers will be keeping a close eye on the weather forecasts from here on, and we will be keeping our fingers crossed that the weather is favourable for the scheduled flights next week.

We will endeavour to keep you posted on potential flights or no-fly on social media, but please follow for the most up to date information.  We highly recommend you double check before travelling to this event in case of no-fly decision.

Please note that if the flights are cancelled for your chosen evening, you have the option of using your ticket another evening of the event.  You can also use your ticket as a discount towards general admission tickets at any stage.

Fingers crossed that the wind calms down to below 10 knots… and that the sun keeps shining so that we can all enjoy this wonderful event.

For further information visit or check out their Facebook page

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Journey to the Moon

5 October 12:00 – 14:00

We’re delighted to announce an exciting programme of family friendly events at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre for the upcoming STEM weeks. Each booking includes access to the science centre, 120 acres of gardens within the demesne as well as the playground which boasts Ireland’s tallest treehouse and a fully covered picnic area.

Adults: €9.50

Children: €5

Members 10% discount

Age 6+

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landings and Birr Castle’s connection to Neil Armstrong, join us for our Journey to The Moon workshop. This two hour workshop investigates the world of human space exploration from rocket launches to in-depth lunar discovery. How might the moon be used as a base for a human space flight to Mars? Explore how, why and when craters were formed on the moon’s surface. Build your own lunar buggy to overcome this bumpy surface.

Workshop price includes access to the 120 acres of gardens, the playground and Science Galleries in which you will see the Lunar Heat Machine, an amazing piece of engineering by the 4th Earl of Rosse that was the first to correctly measure the heat of the moon which was confirmed by the first astronauts to land there. A letter from Neil Armstrong to Lady Rosse is on display within the exhibition.

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

For information regarding STEM Weeks for SCHOOLS please click here!


Daily 09:00 to 17:00

Activities from Saturday 26th October to Sunday 3rd November*

  • Family Quest
  • Pumpkin Trail
  • The Gallery Challenge
  • Seasonal Face Painting on selected dates and times
  • Arts and Crafts Workshops

And a few more surprises along the way

Children’s must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

*Limited places for the Arts & Crafts Workshops. Pre-registration upon arrival, allocation will be based on a first come basis.

Birr Castle Gardens is open from 09:00 to 17.00 each day of the Halloween Mid-term Break. Our Treehouse Adventure Playground and The Courtyard Cafe will be open daily.


12 October 12:00 – 14:00

Adults: €9.50

Children: €5

Members 10% discount

Age 7+

Maths in Space explores our solar system. We will look at our neighbouring planets and compare their relative sizes and distances from the Sun. Using a variety interactive activities we will learn the names of the planets within our solar system, their order from the Sun and their relative sizes. We will then walk the solar system to demonstrate how vast this small section of space is before comparing that to the Milky Way and Observable Universe. Be prepared to be AMAZED!

Workshop price includes access to the 120 acres of gardens, the playground and Science Galleries

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

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


For information regarding STEM Weeks for SCHOOLS please click here!

CHRISTMAS 2019- Christmas Time at Birr Castle