Events

 Events

*PLEASE NOTE DUE TO REFURBISHMENTS OUR CAFÉ IS CLOSED BUT EXPECTED TO RE-OPEN FOR MID-MAY. PART OF OUR PLAYGROUND IS ALSO CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO UPGRADES, EXCITING TIMES AHEAD.  THE TREEHOUSE WILL BE OPENED FOR THE MAY BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND. PLEASE NOTE THERE IS STILL 119 ACRES OF TRANQUIL SPACE TO ENJOY DURING THE MOST SPECIAL TIME OF THE YEAR AS THE GARDEN IS BURSTING INTO FULL BLOOM, AS WELL AS THE FAMILY QUEST AND THE SEVEN SCIENCE GALLERIES. DO BRING A PICNIC AND ENJOY THIS REMARKABLE PLACE. 

Heritage Week at Birr Castle

MAY - AUGUST

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.

Castle Tour with General Admission Ticket €18.00 pp

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.
Please email reception@birrcastle or call 0579120336 to book your space.

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. No booking required.

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

Astronomy in Birr – The Leviathan to I-LOFAR

Free Guided Afternoon Tours

“Explore the history of science and engineering at Birr with the Great Leviathan Telescope, and look to the future of science and radio astronomy with I-LOFAR”

Every Saturday in June starting the 8th June

Daily Monday to Saturday throughout July and August

For more information please contact Aine.Flood@tcd.ie

Tours supported by SFI

Get to grips with grasslands! (*SOLD OUT)

Hosted by Biodiversity Ireland and Birr Castle Gardens

Date: Saturday 15 June

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Enrich your record submissions with supplementary information on habitats. Focusing on grassland habitats, the main theme of this workshop revolves around recognising key plants, including grasses, which can assist you in determining habitat type, based largely on the broad classifications of various wet and dry grassland types in Fossitt’s Guide to Habitats in Ireland.

Nature Detectives Summer Camp –

Tuesday July 2nd until Friday July 5th

We are now taking bookings for our Nature Detectives Summer 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 2 July – 5 July inclusive.

Contact Birr Castle reception on 057 9120336 to book your place.
Spaces are strictly limited and early booking is advised.

Time: 10:00 – 14:00

Tickets: Children €80

Free Bat Walk and Talk

Venue: Pavilion, Birr Castle Gardens

Date & Time: Friday 12th July at 8.30pm

Starting off with a 1-hour presentation with another hour of discussion of sites followed by a visit to local waterway to demonstrate the survey methodology.

All welcome and no pre-booking required.

For further information email education@birrcastle.com

50th Anniversary Celebrations of Apollo’s Moon Landing 

Starting at 20:00 on Saturday 20 July, the event will conclude at 23:30.

Join in the wonderful celebrations on the remarkable achievements of the Apollo’s 11 mission at Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre this July.

Starting with a STAR BBQ followed by the showing of the moon landing and star gazing in the shadow of the Great Telescope. Guided tours will also take place throughout the evening to the Science Galleries and include the story of the Great Telescope and the ground breaking I-LOFAR.

Pre-booking will be required for the event, limited space available.

Adults €35, Children (Up to 16 years) €15, Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) €95

Online tickets will launch soon!

Planet Science Kidz half day STEAM Science Summer Camps in collaboration with Education at Birr Castle Gardens

Dates: Monday 22nd – Friday 26th July

Time: 10am – 2pm

Price per week: €115 per child

Age: 5 – 12

Venue: Birr Castle Gardens

Topics Covered Include:

-Physics (Magnetic Fields, Liquid Density, Electric circuits, conductors, insulators)

-Chemistry (Test tube Science, Acid Base Reactions, Rocket Launch, Slimy Polymers, Water filtration)

-Biology (Microscopes, plant & animal cells, Insect Structure, Biology of Blood, Capillary action)

-Geology (Volcanoes, Tornadoes)

Only limited places available. To book now, please visit:
https://www.planetsciencekidz.com/book-online/birr-castle-summer-camp

Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival Masterclasses

This year Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival are offering two Master classes, both set in the beautiful grounds of Birr Castle and using the pavilion as a base.

PLEIN AIR MASTERCLASS WITH NEAL GREIG A.R.U.A
Acclaimed landscape painter Neal Greig will be leading a Plein Air Master class in the same setting as the 2017 Painting the Nation final. Neal is a multi award winning painter, including the prestigious Pollock Krastner award , and is a tutor at the Dublin Plein Air Festival.
Saturday August 3rd 10am -4.30pm – Cost €25

PINHOLE PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERCLASS WITH HARRY MOORE
Harry Moore has spent many years developing his own take on pinhole photography, producing large format time based works . In this two day Master class he will introduce you to the medium and you will develop your own images. 

Thursday and Friday August 8th and 9th 10am – 4.30pm. Cost €60, all materials are supplied.

Bookings through Birr Castle bookings@birrcastle.com or phone 0579120336. Any queries please contact birrvintageweekarts@gmail.com

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.

Planned Flights (all flights are weather permitting)

Sunday 22nd September: PM only

Monday 23rd to Friday 27th inclusive: AM and PM

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.

For further information visit irishballooningassociation.com/the-irish-championships or check out their Facebook page www.facebook.com/IrishBallooningChampionship/

Pre-booking is advisable and online tickets will launch soon!

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

December

TBC