Guided Tours

Guided Discovery Tour with General Admission

€11.50pp

Back for September and October 2020, tours will take place each Friday, Saturday and Monday up to October 12.

10 visitors per tour to allow for social distancing, east tour will start with our Welcome Video followed by an outside tour so please dress in comfortable walking shoes and bring rain jacket just in case. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your booked tour time to allow time for entry process and to know start location of your tour. 

Should it be very wet we can revise this tour to include some indoor tour within out Science Galleries.

Tour includes:

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 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.  End with a visit with free time in  the 120-acre parkland and award-winning gardens with more than 4000 species of trees and plants.

Tour tickets are sold up to 24 hours prior to the tour date.

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Birr Castle Telescope

Guided Castle Tour with General Admission (unfortunately the season has been cut short due to new COVID-19 guidelines) will be back to book in early Summer 2021.

€20.00 per person

29 June to 29 August
Monday – Saturday, 6 Days a week.
Tour times 10:00, 11:30, 13:00

Limited spaces (no more than 10 visitors per tour to allow for social distancing),  Pre-booking is essential. Not suitable for children under 12 years.   Face coverings will be required for all those on Castle Tours, please bring own where possible otherwise we will provide a disposable face mask.  Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your booked tour time to allow time for entry process and to know start location of your tour.   

Tour includes:

Visitors are welcome to one of Ireland’s most intriguing destinations, steeped in scientific achievements and home to the remarkable Parsons family for 400 years. This rare opportunity brings visitors inside the castle to explore the magnificent interiors of five main reception rooms with their exquisite craftsmanship.  Each tour is guided and lasts 45 minutes.

Please note guided tour tickets are sold up to 24 hours prior to tour date.

*Please note the castle is a listed property with many steps, unfortunately it is not wheelchair accessible. 

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Birr Castle Tour

Guided Garden Tour (On hold due to restrictions under COVID-19)

€16.00pp

Limited spaces, pre-booking is highly recommended.

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Birr Castle Guided Garden Tour