Heritage Week at Birr Castle



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.

Family Quest (Back open)

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.


Birr Castle Demesne through the Artist’s Eye

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.

Admission to the Exhibition is FREE. All art will be for sale.

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

The Exhibition will run daily from: 30 August – 18 October during opening hours.

Location: Tea Rooms in Birr Castle Demesne located beside the Reception.

The Exhibition will 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.

More details to follow.

Planet Science Kidz Camp

Bookings are now opened for Planet Science Kidz Camp 2020.

Suitable for: 5 – 12 year olds

Venue: Birr Castle Gardens

Date: August 4th – 5th

Cost for 2 days: €50 per child

Time: 9:30 – 11:30

Includes experiments such as Fizzy Rockets, Water Rockets, Stomp Rocket, Motors, Heat detection, Fizzy Fruits & Slime!

Numbers are extremely limited as we are adhering to current COVID-19 guidelines. Booking is therefore highly advised!

Bookings here: 

Please contact or call 083 3422249 for any further information!

New for 2020 – The Gallery Challenge (DELAYED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – pending Government guidelines on Covid-19)

Tours at Birr Castle
Do you have a science or astronomy buff on your hands? Looking for something fun to do on a rainy day? Or just want to learn more about the achievements and history of Birr Castle Demesne during your visit? Well we’ve got the thing for you… THE GALLERY CHALLENGE!

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.

You can decide whether to work on your own, with friends or as a family! Once you’ve completed exploring the galleries, be sure to return your completed challenge to the reception desk.

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 Detectives Camp (cancelled due to COVID-19)

Calling all 7 -12 year old nature enthusiasts. This 4 day camp is designed to encourage a curiosity and understanding of the natural world. We will learn tracking skills and enhance our nature awareness using tried and tested techniques. We’ll explore the worlds of mini beasts, birds, amphibians, mammals and plants using a range of field equipment including pond dipping nets, butterfly nets, pooters, magnifying glasses and trail cams. Reconnect to the natural world and join us as we explore Birr Castle Demesne in all its wild glory.

Spaces are strictly limited and early booking is advised. €80 per child

Astronomy in Birr: Leviathan to I-LOFAR – (TBC, dates will be announced shortly)

This walking tour takes you through nearly 180 years of astronomy in Birr, from the 1840s to the present day, with the two world-renowned telescopes here in Birr Castle Demesne. Explore the history of science and engineering with the Great Leviathan Telescope, and look to the future of science and radio astronomy with I-LOFAR.

Meet at the Great Telescope at 12:30 (ON HOLD)  5 days a week during July and August of 2020.    Please note as this is a free tour times and dates are subject to change without notice.

Suitable for all levels and ages, no background knowledge needed – just bring your curiosity!

Free guided tour for all visitors to Birr Castle Demesne, tour is included in General Admission ticket price.

Supported by Science Foundation Ireland and ESERO Ireland.

Halloween STEM Camp –

Dates & Times to follow

Explore the wonderful worlds of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in this one day camp. The day will be filled with hands-on exciting experiments, investigations and challenges that will encourage a greater appreciation and understanding of the STEM subjects. We’ll be conducting experiments with dry ice; making elephant toothpaste and ice cream; playing with levitation; building catapults and hovercraft and much, much more!

Suitable for ages 8 – 12

Booking details to follow.  €40 per child

POSTPONED until 2021 due to COVID-19,

50th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships 2020


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.

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.