Heritage Week at Birr Castle


We are constantly updating our events schedule and below is a guideline to what is coming up:  (2020 events to follow) 

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.

NEW for 2020 – The Gallery ChallengeTours 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

Family Quest (Back in Spring 2020) 

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.

The new Quest will return on Saturday 14 March 2020!


February mid-term STEM Camp

20 February 10:00 – 15:00

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

Spaces are strictly limited so BOOK NOW! on 057 9120336 to avoid disappointment. €40 per child

Engineers Week

Bridge the Gap for Families

7 March 12:00 – 14:00

Adults: €9.50

Children: €5

Members 10% discount

Age 7+

We are excited to offer another family STEM week event to celebrate Engineers Week at 12pm on Saturday 7 March.

Birr Castle Demesne boasts Ireland’s oldest suspension bridge, but have you ever wondered how this bridge, that looks as though it’s suspended in mid-air can support great weight without collapsing into the river below? Using fun hands-on activities, we will learn about the different types of bridges and experiment to see how they work. We will challenge ourselves to design and build our ultimate bridge and discover whether we’ve got what it takes to be an engineer that can, “Bridge the Gap!”

Workshop price includes access to the 120 acres of gardens, the playground and Science Galleries

Spaces are limited. Early booking advised. To book phone 057 9120336

For information regarding STEM Weeks for SCHOOLS please click here!

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend –  

14 to 17 March

Opened 09:00 until 18:00 each day. Last Snake Trail at 17:00

Join us over the St. Patrick’s Day Weekend to help solve the Snake Trail left behind by St. Patrick! Take part in our Gallery Challenge throughout our Science Centre and try out our NEW Quest around the Demesne plus so much more!!!

Free Face Painting on selected days over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.



6 to 9 April  10:30 – 14:00

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

Book now by phoning 057 9120336


12 & 13 April

Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre is the place for you this Easter break. On Easter Sunday and Monday we will have an “Easter Egg Hunt”.  During your Easter trail you will meet with the Easter Bunny who will be joined by Henny Penny, Larry the Lamb, Quackers the Duck and the Mad Hatter. Once you complete the trail you can pick up your Easter Egg from the Mad Hatter…all going well!

Face painting 
Complimentary face painting available between 12.00 and 15.00.


Pre-booking will be required for the Easter Egg Hunt, limited space available.

50th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships 2020

19 – 25 September 2020

Saturday 19 September: Evening flight ONLY 18.30 approx.

Sunday 20 September: Morning AND Evening opened to public 07.30 and 18.30 approx.

Monday 21 – Friday 25 September: Evening flight ONLY 18.30 approx.

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.

The main launch HQ for the event will be Birr Castle Demesne with flights taking place over the beautiful heritage 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 capture some great shots for the album.