Running around...


Feeding ducks...


Having fun on the bouncy pillow...


Playing in the Tree House...


Playing hide and seek...

There is so much to do for children at Birr Castle!

Did you know that over 150 years ago Birr was the silicon valley of the world? If you were a mad scientist, engineer or astronomer Birr was the place to be.

Why – before the days of computer, broadband and smart phones, you had to travel to where the big discoveries were being made, not only did Birr have the biggest telescope in the world, but also had some of the best engineering, mathematical and creative minds.  Everyone from as far away as Australia and Russia, and even Charles Babbage (the inventor of the computer) came and were inspired.

We believe strongly at Birr that by using the past inventions and discoveries of the Parsons’ family, we can captivate our young, so that they can see how science can be fun and is relevant to their lives, and inspire them to continue to study this exciting subject through leaving unto a fulfilling career.

Tree House Adventure Area


The Treehouse Adventure Area at Birr Castle Gardens is open daily from 9.00 until 17.00. It features Ireland’s largest treehouse along with bouncy pillow, sand pits, climbing frames, slides and much more.  Dogs are not permitted within the playground area.The Bouncy pillow will re-open for the season from March 17th. The pillow will be in operation at weekends and during school holidays (weather permitting) .Children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times within the gardens and treehouse area.

The Playground Kiosk

Playground kiosk at Birr CastleThe Kiosk serves ice-cream, hot and cold drinks and sweets treats. Lots of picnic tables available for you to use.

The seating area here can be reserved for birthday parties and other children’s events, however pre-booking is required and subject to availability at time of booking. Please contact reception team on for further information.

School Tours

School Tours at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre
At Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre we have designed a range of school tour packages to suit all group sizes and ages. Our tours are designed to be fun and educational,
and aim at inspiring students to explore science, astronomy, engineering and biodiversity.
Please see details below on our specially designed tour packages: Discover Primary School Maths and Science Tour/Guided Discovery Tour/Discovery Quest Tour.

Discover Primary Maths and Science Tour
Suitable for 3rd – 6th class
At Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre your class will enter a world of fun-filled exploration.
Your class will embark on a journey like no other as they encounter rivers, waterfalls, a lake, a 17th century castle, the famous Great Telescope, the historical Science Centre,
Ireland’s Tallest Treehouse and the I-LOFAR Radio Telescope.
This tour includes an interactive workshop, where students work in groups to launch rockets!
If your school is participating in the Discover Primary Science and Maths Programme,
a visit to us will count towards your Award of Science Excellence.
€10.00 per student

Guided Discovery Tour
Suitable from age 5 upwards

The Guided Discovery Tour at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre is designed to bring out the little explorer in both students and teachers alike!
Our experienced tour guide will take your students on an inspiring tour of one of Ireland’s most extraordinary places. Students will encounter rivers, waterfalls, a lake, a 17th century castle, the famous Great Telescope, the historic Science Centre,
the I-LOFAR radio telescope and Ireland’s Tallest Treehouse.
€7.00 per student

Discovery Quest Tour – New May 2018
Suitable from age 8 – 12

The Discovery Quest Tour at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre is a brand new fun and educational tour!
Students will be given a quest to complete as they journey through history, astronomy, science and biodiversity. During their visit they can explore the historic Science Centre, the famous Great Telescope, the I-LOFAR radio telescope, rivers, waterfalls, a lake, a 17th century castle, and Ireland’s Tallest Treehouse!
€6.00 per student