Trails & Events

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.

Halloween Pumpkin Trail

Daily 09:00 to 16:00

Saturday 23 October to Sunday 31 October 2021

  • Family Quest
  • Pumpkin Trail
  • The Gallery Challenge

And a few more surprises along the way!

Costumes are encouraged!!

All trails are included in General Admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Birr Castle Gardens is open from 09:00 to 17.00 each day of the Halloween Mid-term Break. Our Treehouse Adventure Playground and Courtyard Cafe will also be open daily.


Christmas Cracker Jack Challenge

Wednesday 08 December – Thursday 06 January (except 25 & 26 Dec and 01 Jan)

Daily 09:00 to 16:00

Included in General Admission price

Safe festive fun searching for the Christmas crackers that Cracker Jack lost in the gardens.  Pick up your trail and pencil at reception, and head off in search of the hidden crackers.  There’s a little treat if you find them all!

Pre-booking is not essential.  Tickets are available online or at reception on arrival.  Children must be supervised at all times.


The Red Tree Trail

We are excited to introduce you to The Red Tree Trail. This trail is new for 2021 and includes 65 Trees of distinction.

Covering over 5 km this might be a trail you can enjoy over multiple visits. The Trail is included in your general admission ticket prices and you can pick up a map at reception.

For further information and a map, please view our PDF brochure.


The X-Trails Solar Trail  

NEW for 2021 and included in your general admission ticket.

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 on arrival, and the trail is included in the General Admission fee.  Suitable for ages 7 and above.


The Quest

For those interested in nature, discovery and adventure, Birr Castle Demesne Centre is the place for you. The team 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.

The Quest can be picked up at reception on arrival and is included in the General Admission fee. Suitable for all ages.


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.


The Gallery Challenge

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 can be picked up at reception on arrival, and is included in the General Admission fee. Suitable for all ages.


Postponed until 2022  50th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships 2021

This event is postponed until 2022.

 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.