Heritage Week at Birr Castle


Updated 18th August 2022

50th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships 

24 – 30 September 2022

Fully Ticketed Event – pre-booking essential

€6.00 per person (age 4 upwards, under 3s free)

We are delighted to be the host venue for the 50th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships 2022.

Schedule of Flights open to the Public

Flights will launch twice daily: Morning Flights 07:00-09:00, Evening Flights 17.00-19:00

Birr Castle Demesne will be open for the public to view the following flights (Please pre-book tickets for these dates on the link below)

24 September                    Saturday                             Evening Flight

25 September                    Sunday                               Morning and Evening flight

26 September                    Monday                              Evening Flight

27 September                    Tuesday                              Evening Flight

28 September                    Wednesday                        Evening Flight

29 September                    Thursday                             Evening Flight

30 September                    Friday                                  Evening Flight


Tickets for this event are now available on the link below.  When you click on the link, please select your chosen date from the calendar.  Select General Admission tickets to include access for the full day plus the evening event (09:00-19:00) OR select 50th Hot Air Ballooning Championships ticket for evening access only (17:00-19:00)


Ballooning is 100% weather dependant and subject to quite strict weather conditions.  Please note that flights can be cancelled at very short notice. For further information visit and ensure to follow their Facebook page for the most up to date information on flights for this event.  All FLY or NO FLY decisions will be announced on their Facebook page.


A no-fly decision can be made any time up to 20 minutes before take-off, depending on weather conditions.

If flights are cancelled and you have travelled to the demesne, please note that the gardens, Science Centre and Treehouse Adventure Playground will remain open until end of event time, so you will still have access to all of our top attractions.  We will also have representatives from the Irish Ballooning Association onsite doing pre-launch demos.

If flights are cancelled on your chosen date and you do not travel to the demesne or use your ticket, you can use your ticket on any other date of the event from 26-30 September (mid-week days only).

It is important to note that tickets purchased for Saturday 24 September cannot be used on Sunday 25 September due to a cap on numbers.  However, they can be used from Mon-Fri, 26-30 September.

Alternatively, if flights are cancelled on your chosen date and you do not travel to the demesne or use your ticket, you can upgrade your ticket to a General Admission ticket when visiting over the next 12 months.


‘Wild Connections’ Halloween Camp 2022

Venue: Birr Castle Demesne

Drop off and collection point: The Courtyard (Reception)

Date: Tuesday 1 November to Thursday 3 November

Time: 10:00 – 14:00 each day

Suitable for ages 5 – 12 years.

Our wild connection camps will let your kids connect with nature in the great outdoors under the guidance of our experienced team.

Sample activities include:

  • Pond dipping
  • Bird watching
  • Nature Crafts
  • Wellness Walk

Cost: €45 per child.

10% discount off with a valid ‘Friends’ membership. (DISCOUNT CODE INCLUDED NEXT FRIENDS NEWSLETTER or ASK AT RECEPTION)

Limited spaces so pre-booking is ESSENTIAL.


All children must bring own packed lunch and notify at time of booking of any allergies or medical conditions that could infringe on the ability to take park in activities.

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

Forest Bathing

At Birr Castle Demesne, a fallen tree near the fernery, with sunlight coming through the branches, birdsong and flowing water sounds in the background awaits you. This is just one area in Birr Castle Demesne in which you can try your hand at the Japanese spiritual practice of shinrin-yoku or Forest Bathing, which literally means taking in the forest through our senses.

Over the past year, many of us have become aware that spending mindful time in the woods is beneficial for both the body and the soul. The practice of shinrin-yoku, literally, forest bath, is understood in Japanese culture to be a critical factor in the fight against diseases, of the mind and body, boosting the immune system, lowering blood pressure, and aiding sleep.

Visit Birr Castle Demesne today and try the practice of Forest Bathing.

Forest Bathing is included with General Admission tickets.


Guided Discovery Tour with General Admission

*Finished for the 2022 season. Tours will return in 2023.

This fascinating 60 minute guided tour focuses on the rich heritage and phenomenal achievements in science, astronomy, photography, engineering, and botany attributed to the Parsons family who have lived at Birr Castle for 400 years. After your tour enjoy free time in the 120-acre parkland and award-winning gardens with more than 4000 species of trees and plants.

Castle interiors not included. Pre-booking is highly recommended, click on the link below and choose your preferred Friday or Saturday date and the time and options will appear.  Please scroll down to your ticket option of Guided Discovery Tours.

Castle Tour with General Admission 2022

*Finished for the 2022 season. Tours will return in 2023.

Guided tours of the interior of Birr Castle will run Monday to Saturday throughout May, June, July & August, with tours running at 10:00, 11:30 & 13:00 daily.

On your tour of the castle, your guide will lead you through a number of beautiful rooms while enlightening you on the history, the family, key pieces of furniture, and the collection of treasures within the rooms.

Pre-booking is essential for castle tours, and tours are suitable for age 12 upwards.

Wild Connections Summer Camps

Our fun Wild Connection camps will let your kids connect with nature in the great outdoors under the guidance of our experienced educational team.

*Details for 2023 Wild Connections Summer Camp coming soon!*

Vintage Picnic

Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival 2022 is in its 54th year!   

Come enjoy the Big Beautiful Vintage Picnic at Birr Castle Demesne 

Lay down your picnic blankets and spread out your own vintage-style picnic. Try your hand at a game of Garden Croquet or Skittles.  A fun-filled memory-making day out for all. Includes time to explore the 120 acres of parkland and gardens, the Great Telescope, and the Treehouse Adventure Playground. 

*Completed for 2022, keep an eye on our website for further updates!*