Trails & Events

Heritage Week at Birr Castle
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We are constantly updating our events page, below is what is planned so far for this year:   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.

The Red Tree Trail

We are excited to introduce you to The Red Tree Trail, this trail is new for 2021 and includes 65 Trees of distinction.

Covering over 5km this might be a trail you can enjoy over multiple visits. The Trail is included in your general admission ticket prices.

For further information and a map, please view our PDF brochure.

For any queries please contact us at or 057 9120336

The X-Trails Solar Trail  (on-hold until further notice on restrictions)

Included in General Admission fee


Walk the Solar Trail and experience the size, distance and scale of our Solar System along the 2km route. Be inspired and gain a new perspective and appreciation of the planets, our Sun and our place in space. Challenge sheets are available at reception.

Suitable for ages 9 and above.

For any queries please contact us at or 057 9120336

Family Quest – On hold pending COVID restrictions

For those interested in nature, discovery and adventure, Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre is the place for you. The team at Birr Castle 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 is included in admission price and memberships. Suitable for all ages. Quest will be available from reception. Pre-booking is not required for the Quest, however all guests must pre-book general admission tickets at this time.


The Gallery Challenge (not available under new Government Guidelines)

Tours at Birr Castle

Do you have a science or astronomy buff on your hands? Looking for something fun to do on a rainy or cold day? Or just want to learn more about the achievements and history of Birr Castle Demesne and the Parsons family during your visit? 

Wander through our seven Science Galleries where you will find the answers written along the walls and hidden among the displays. Starting from our Welcome Video in the first gallery, continuing upstairs where you will find more answers along with a Hologram of Mary Rosse, the Third Countess located inside the Oldest Darkroom in the World. Finish in the Engineering Gallery where you will discover the achievements of the world-famous inventor, Charles Parsons.

The Gallery Challenge is included in admission price & membership and is available from reception. Suitable for all ages. Pre-booking not required.

For any queries please contact us at or 057 9120336

Nature Explorers Easter Camp (CANCELLED due to COVID restrictions)

In-line with government social distancing guidelines*, we are delighted to offer our Nature Explorers camps for children this Easter holiday.

Our fun camps will let your kids go wild in the great outdoors under the guidance of our experienced outdoor education staff.

Camp 1 for children aged 8 – 12 years:  Wednesday 7th April 10am – 4pm – €50 per child

Camp 2 for children aged 5 – 7 years: Thursday 8th April 10am – 12pm – €20 per child

Please be aware that these camps will be held entirely outdoors regardless of the weather. Appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear will be required.

Sample activities include:

  • The art of tracking and ways to capture animal prints using sand traps, camera traps and casts.
  • Mini beast identification with keys, nets, beating trays, magnifying glasses and pooters
  • Pond dipping discovery
  • Bird watching, identification and feeders
  • Nature awareness activities
  • Scavenger hunts and games
  • Nature crafts and so much more!

Bookings opening soon!

*Subject to the easing of restrictions to Level 3 or below.

Foraging Walk (COVID restrictions permitting)

Learn about the bounty of wild food that surrounds us as you join experienced forager, Alison Delaney, on a wild walk through Birr Castle Demesne. Alison has been sharing her foraging knowledge for more than a decade and will guide you in the identification and use of edible plants, seeds, nuts, fruit and fungi giving you the skills to confidently apply your learning in your own foraging journey.

24 April 10:00-14:00 – €50 per person

Contact for more information.

Bookings opening soon!

50th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships 2021

This event is schedule to take place at Birr Castle Demesne from Saturday evening the 18th September until Friday evening 24th September.  Two flights daily from Monday to Friday, evening flight on the opening evening only. Ballooning is 100% weather dependent and subject to quite strict weather conditions.

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 capture some great shots for the album.

Tickets will go on sale in Spring of 2020, you can keep up to-date by following us on one of our social media channels.