Birr Castle Demesne

Become a Friend of Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre

Becoming a friend of Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre, your are helping to preserve on of Irelands most extraordinary places. Created over 14 generations, Birr Castle is an environmental and scientific time capsule. Whilst continuing to live, breath and evolve into a place of beauty and inspiration.

Friends of Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre enjoy unlimited access to the demesne during visitor opening hours. Friends can explore the beautifully landscaped gardens and natural parklands, as well as the Science Centre throughout the duration of their membership. Explore 120 acres of gardens with 10kms of walkways, featuring waterfalls, lake, rivers, suspension bridge, the Great Telescope, and one of Ireland’s most comprehensive collection of plants and trees collected from the four corners of the globe. The Demesne prides itself on being home to over 40 champion trees.

Children can explore Ireland’s Tallest Treehouse, marvel at the Great Telescope, and when hunger strikes, there are lovely sweet and savory delights available from our award-winning Courtyard Café including freshly whipped ice-cream.

During 2017 and 2018 Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre have run two events for their Friends; one being the beautiful Garden Tea Party hosted by Lady Rosse and the other being our Spring Dog Show. Both events were so successful they may become part of the annual event calendar.

Friends memberships are available for 3 months, 6 months or 12 months. We welcome individual and family memberships. Memberships start from as little as

  • €25 for 3 months for a student/senior or
  • €40 adult rate.

Rates are tailored to suit your membership needs. A Friends membership subscription also makes a wonderful gift for family and friend.

Membership benefits;

  • Unlimited access to the gardens, Science Centre and Treehouse Adventure Playground within the demesne opening hours
  • Walking routes totaling 10 km of trails to enjoy.
  • Discounts for seniors, students and free membership for children aged 4 years and under with any family membership
  • Regular email newsletter keeping you up to-date with news and events
  • Discounted admission rates for your guests
  • Discounted rate for selected events
  • 10% discount in the discovery gift shop
  • 10% discount in the courtyard café
  • Dogs allowed(Subject to T&C)
  • 4 Complimentary Guest passes with each 12-month membership taken out.

Terms and conditions apply.
For further information simply call into reception at our visitor center during our opening hours.