Guided Discovery Tour With General Admission

This fascinating 60-minute guided tour focuses on the rich heritage and phenomenal achievements in science, astronomy, photography, engineering and botany attributed to the Parsons family who have lived at Birr Castle for over 400 years. Gain profound insights into the castle and family history, view the awe-inspiring Great Telescope of 1845 – the biggest in the world for over 70 years, followed by seasonal highlights in the gardens. After your tour enjoy free time in the 120-acre parkland and award-winning gardens with more than 4000 species of trees and plants.

Castle Interiors not included. Pre-booking is highly recommended. Limited spaces, 25 people per tour.

The 60 minute Guided Discovery Tour starts with our Welcome Video, followed by an outside tour so please dress in comfortable walking shoes and bring a rain jacket just in case. Tour tickets are sold up to 24 hours prior to the tour date.

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your booked tour time to allow time for entry process and to know start location of your tour.

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