Events

 Events

Heritage Week at Birr Castle

Easter at Birr Castle

13 – 28 April

EASTER FAMILY QUEST 09:00 to 17:00 daily
For those interested in nature, discovery and adventure, Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre is the place for you this Easter break.  The team at Birr have created the “Easter 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.   Once the young explorers complete the quest, they return to the playground kiosk and choose from a sweet or fruit treat.

Quest included in admission price and memberships. Suitable for all ages. Quest will be available from reception. No booking required.

Face painting on selected days
Complimentary face painting available between 12.00 and 15.00.

Courtyard Café

Our newly refurbished Courtyard Café will be back serving fresh local produce, home bakes and delicious snacks for all during the Easter period.

Book General Admission ticket for this event online

Book Tickets

Monday 15th to Thursday 18th April

NATURE DETECTIVES EASTER CAMP 

We are now taking bookings for our Nature Detectives Easter Camp. Do you have a child aged between 8 – 12 that loves learning about wildlife? This 4 day camp is designed to encourage their curiosity and understanding of the world around them. They will learn about tracking and nature awareness, explore the worlds of mini beasts, birds, amphibians, mammals and plants. They will be armed with pond dipping nets, butterfly nets, pooters, magnifying glasses and trail cams as they explore Birr Castle Demesne in all its glory. Make sure to bring your packed lunch each day and be prepared for all weather conditions. €80 per child 15 – 18 April inclusive.

Contact Birr Castle reception on 057 9120336 to book your place.
Pre-booking is essential as places are strictly limited.

Time: 10:00 – 15:00

Tickets: Children €80

21 April

EASTER EGG HUNT ON EASTER SUNDAY

EGG HUNT from 12.00 until 15.00
Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre is the place for you this Easter break. On Easter Sunday 21 April, we will have an “Easter Egg Hunt”.  During your Easter trail you will meet with The Easter Bunny who will be joined by Henny Penny, Larry the Lamb, Quackers the Duck and the Mad Hatter.  Once you complete the trail you can pick up your Easter Egg from the Mad Hatter…all going well! Pre-booking will be required for the Easter Egg Hunt, limited space available.

Face painting 21 April
Complimentary face painting available between 12.00 and 15.00.

Bookings for this event are now opened!
Please choose preferred event time slot below.
Book 12pm-1pm


Book 1pm-2pm


Book 2pm-3pm

Bank Holiday Monday May 6th

FORAGING WALK WITH LIGHT LUNCH 12:00 – 16:00 (AGE 16+)

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the demesne and learn how to identify a variety of wild edibles along the way. Your foraging guide, Alison Delaney, has some 14 years’ experience of teaching groups about the wonderful world of wild edibles and will share some interesting tried and tested ways of using these wild ingredients within the kitchen. A light rustic outdoor lunch of spring greens soup and bread will be provided on the day.

Contact Birr Castle Reception on 057 9120336 to book your place.

Pre-booking is essential as places are strictly limited. 20 spaces.

TIME: 12:00 – 16:00

TICKETS: (AGE 16+) €25 per head.

2019 Schedule of Upcoming Events

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.

May

05 May – ‘Friends’ Dog show

06 May – Foraging walk with light lunch (Age 16+) (Pre-booking essential)

Castle Tours will take place each morning Monday to Saturday. (Pre-booking essential)

June

Bio-Diversity Week Activities

Castle Tours will take place each morning Monday to Saturday. (Pre-booking essential)

July

Summer Camps (Pre-booking essential)

20 July – Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Celebrations with Midlands Astronomy.. details to follow!

Castle Tours will take place each morning Monday to Saturday. (Pre-booking essential)

August

02 to 09 August – Birr Vintage Week

Heritage Week – Extended Castle Tours and we hope with a touch of Fashion

Castle Tours will take place each morning Monday to Saturday. (Pre-booking essential)

September

Autumn – kicks starts with the wonderful change of colour on the landscape. Fingers crossed we will be looking to the sky again this September to see some amazing colour take off from the Demesne!

October

Space Week – schools activities mid-week with family event over the weekend.

Halloween activities – daily activities for all the family to enjoy.

November

Halloween activities – daily activities for all the family to enjoy.

Science Week as with Space Week
Maths Week as above

December

TBC