Guided Castle Tour with General Admission
€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.
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.
Guided Discovery Tour with General Admission
29 June to 29 August inclusive (6 days a week)
Monday to Saturday
10 visitors per tour to allow for social distancing, 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.
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.