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Heritage Week at Birr Castle
Celebrating Heritage Week at Birr Castle 2018

Science Week, suitable for 16 years and over

Celebrating Science Week at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre

Drawing with Light – The Science of Photography

13 November – 15:30 – 18:00

Photography translated from the Greek literally means drawing with light. This event with photographer Veronica Nicholson will involve a walk to explore the practice of photography and the impact of light. This event is for adults and all participants are encouraged to bring their cameras. There will also be a short introduction to the invention of photography and the event will conclude [in darkness] with people experimenting with light painting photography, using a torch or light to draw something or write a word while the shutter of the camera is left open during a long exposure photograph. By shooting in a dark location and using long exposure photography the flashes, streaks, colours, textures, and trails of light created by the torch can be captured in a photograph. The event at Birr Castle Demense will include a visit to Mary Rosse’s nineteenth-century photographic dark room, the oldest surviving dark room in the world.

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Science Week Family Event (STEM Event)

Common senseCelebrating Science Week at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre

Common Sense for Families

Saturday 17 November – 11:00 and 14:00

  • Ticket: Adult €9
  • Ticket: Child (age 7-12 years) €5

Ticket includes admission to the 7 Science Galleries, 120 acres of gardens and parklands, the Great Telescope and the Treehouse Adventure Area.

How do our senses compare with those of animals? How do our senses work when put to the test in isolation? Can we still taste if we can’t smell? Can we identify smell if we can’t see? How good actually are our senses of sight and hearing? Using full immersion games, activities and experiments we will learn about our human senses and how they work. We will learn some amazing facts about animal senses, why they developed and how we compare. What are the super senses that we don’t have? Are we really the top animal on the planet? Be prepared for some surprises. Guaranteed fun for children and adults alike. Suitable for children Age 7+. Duration 1.5 hrs.

Pre-booking/payment is essential as places are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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The Magic of Christmas at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre

Santa at Birr CastleCome and enjoy The Magic of Christmas at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre this December.

Be greeted and entertained by the Castle elves, before taking a trip to the enchanting Birr Castle where you will find Mrs Claus in the elegant dining room preparing for the big day. Your visit continues in the stunning library where you will meet the man himself… Santa Claus!

Santa will visit Birr Castle Demesne over 9 dates this year kicking off on December 1st until Saturday 22nd December.


  • Saturday Dec 1
  • Sunday Dec 2
  • Saturday Dec 8
  • Sunday Dec 9
  • Friday Dec 14
  • Saturday Dec 15
  • Sunday Dec 16
  • Friday Dec 21
  • Saturday Dec 22

Tickets are priced at €18 per child and €8 per adult/teen, pre-booking is essential. Each €18 child ticket booked will receive an age appropriate gift from Santa. The Magic of Christmas experience lasts for 45 minutes, but there is plenty more to see and do at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre. Pre-booked adult and children tickets also include general admission to the Treehouse adventure playground, the Science galleries and gardens during daylight hours. (T&C apply)

Payment required at time of booking.

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