Guided Tours

Guided Castle Tour with General Admission 

€20.00 per person

13th May – 7th September 2024

Mon-Sat 10:00, 11:30, 13:00 

Limited spaces – 15 visitors per tour.  Pre-booking is essential. Not suitable for children under 12 years.

Tour description:

Visitors are welcomed 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 60 minutes.

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

Tours run Monday to Saturday only. Click below to pre-book your tour. Select your chosen date from 13 May to 07 September, and then select Guided Castle Tour from the dropdown menu.

Birr Castle Tour

Guided Discovery Tour with General Admission


Outdoor Tour.  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. 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:

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.  After your tour enjoy 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.


*Information Coming Soon*

Birr Castle Telescope