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 X-Trails Solar Trail

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

The Gallery Challenge (not available under new Government Guideline)

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


Birr Castle Demesne through the Artist’s Eye  – closed due to Level 5 restrictions.

As part of our 400-year celebrations, Lord and Lady Rosse of Birr Castle are delighted to host the 2020 “Birr Castle Demesne through the Artist’s Eye” exhibition. All art is for sale and additional post and package may apply.

Should you wish to access the Gardens, Telescope and Science Galleries during your visit a valid General Admission ticket will be required.

The Exhibition  feature landscape, botanical art, and sculptures. Award-winning
artists such as Lesley Fennell, Andrea Jameson, Sasha Sykes, Susan Sex, Lynn
Stringer, Mary Dillion, Alison Rosse, Patricia Newman, Holly Somerville and Yanny
Petters are amongst the artists taking place.

See artworks on display here

Family Quest – re-opening on Friday 26th March 2021

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.


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.