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Heritage Week at Birr Castle


21st to 22nd of February
Planet Science & Birr Castle Education Centre STEM workshops for ages 5-13
Time 12pm – 1:30 pm. Limited places available per class. Booking is essential.Price per class per child 20 euro
€20.00 per class, per child (booking is essential)

Looking for something for your kids to do over the February midterm break? Planet Science is launching STEM workshops for ages 5-13 in collaboration with Birr Castle Education Centre in County Offaly.

Whats on Schedule?

  • Microscopes
  • 2D blood modelling
  • Water Columns
  • Conductors
  • Insulators
  • Kinetic Energy
  • Exothermic reactions

To book now use the link below! Let’s encourage curiosity.

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Saturday 9th March


Inspired by Charles Parsons, inventor of the steam turbine, learn the science behind boats. How does a boat float? Design and build a variety of boats and test their maximum cargo limit, speed and tracking. Evaluate and improve design and race your own balloon powered speed boats on our outdoor pond. This is a fully interactive, hands-on and engaging 90 minute workshop for families.

Contact Birr Castle reception on 057 9120336 to book your place.
Pre-booking is essential as places are strictly limited.

Time: 12pm

Tickets: Adults €9 Children €5

16th to 18th March
St. Patrick’s Weekend at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre

Snake Trail March 16th to 18th From 10.00 to 17.00
Our trail of slithering snakes will lead you through the gardens and Treehouse adventure playground of Birr Castle Demesne. Can you find the snakes that St. Patrick left behind?
Find them all and discover their secret message to claim your sweet treat.
Trail included in admission price. Suitable for all ages. Trail will be available from reception.
No booking required but places are limited and based on a first come basis.

Face painting March 16th to 18th
Complimentary face painting available between 12.00 and 15.00 each day.

Treehouse Adventure Playground
The Treehouse, Kiosk and our newly refurbished playgrounds will be open March 16th to 18th from 10.00am.

To book now (regular admission price) use the link below!

Book Tickets

2019 Schedule of Upcoming Events

We are working on 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.


Engineers week, activities planned for schools mid-week and families at the weekend.


St Patricks Weekend, B-Holiday, some fun events will be created to get the family out in the Spring air for some outdoor fun.


Easter – details to follow (2 weeks of activities will take place on site)


May B-Holiday activities, best time to see the gardens coming into bloom, especially the Formal Gardens.

Castle Tours will take place each morning Monday to Saturday. Pre-booking is required.


June B-Holiday activities, Summer has landed. Planned Dog Show and family fun all weekend.

Castle Tours will take place each morning Monday to Saturday, pre-booking is required.


Enjoy the glory of the Wild Meadow, one of the finest in Ireland.
Summer Camps – up to 2 weeks of Summer camps will take place on site. Camps will be science through fun!

Castle Tours will take place each morning Monday to Saturday, pre-booking is required.

Moon Landing 50th Anniversary celebrations jointly with Midlands Astronomy…. exciting – details to follow.


Vintage Week – kicks starts the August B-Holiday weekend

Heritage Week – Extended Castle Tours and we hope with a touch of Fashion

Castle Tours will take place each morning Monday to Saturday, pre-booking is required.


Autumn – kicks starts with the wonderful change of colour on the landscape. Fingers crossed we will be looking to the sky again this September to see some amazing colour take off from the Demesne!


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

Halloween activities – daily activities for all the family to enjoy.


Halloween activities – daily activities for all the family to enjoy.

Science Week as with Space Week
Maths Week as above