Gardens Birr Castle Ireland


Up-dated 7 June 2022

Wild Connections – Flora Trail  


For biodiversity week 2022, we are excited to introduce to you the new Wild Connections Flora trail here at the Demesne. This self-guided trail, which is supported by SFI, is sure to inspire wonder and appreciation in the native flora that puts on a spectacular display every Spring and Summer.

The Flora Trail map includes 20 native trees and plants for you to discover from late March until early July. We are certain you and your family will leave the demesne feeling inspired to identify even more of the amazing biodiversity available to us at every turn.

The Trail is included in general admission and is suitable for all ages.

Pick up the Wild Connection Flora Trail at reception and get exploring!


Forest Bathing

At Birr Castle Demesne, a fallen tree near the fernery, with sunlight coming through the branches, birdsong and flowing water sounds in the background awaits you. This is just one area in Birr Castle Demesne in which you can try your hand at the Japanese spiritual practice of shinrin-yoku or Forest Bathing, which literally means taking in the forest through our senses.

Over the past year, many of us have become aware that spending mindful time in the woods is beneficial for both the body and the soul. The practice of shinrin-yoku, literally, forest bath, is understood in Japanese culture to be a critical factor in the fight against diseases, of the mind and body, boosting the immune system, lowering blood pressure, and aiding sleep.

Visit Birr Castle Demesne today and try the practice of Forest Bathing.

Forest Bathing is included with General Admission tickets.


The X-Trails Solar Trail  

Each step on this trail is equivalent to over 1.6 million kilometres in space!

Walk the Solar Trail and experience the size, distance and scale of our Solar System along the 2km route. Be inspired and gain a new perspective and appreciation of the planets, our Sun, and our place in space.

Challenge sheets are available at reception on arrival, and the trail is included in the General Admission fee.  Suitable for ages 7 and above.


The Red Tree Trail

We are excited to introduce you to The Red Tree Trail. This trail is new for 2021 and includes 65 Trees of distinction.

Covering over 5 km this might be a trail you can enjoy over multiple visits. The Trail is included in your general admission ticket prices and you can pick up a map at reception.

For further information and a map, please view our PDF brochure.


The Quest

(weather permitting) 

For those interested in nature, discovery and adventure, Birr Castle Demesne Centre is the place for you. The team have created the “Family Quest” which will take the young and maybe not so young explorers on a journey through time, from great engineering feats to wildlife discoveries, and many more highlights in between.

The Quest can be picked up at reception on arrival and is included in the General Admission fee. Suitable for all ages.

Guided Garden Tours for Spring 2023

The Guided Garden Tour is a 90-minute tour of the seasonal garden highlights of the demesne, led by a dedicated member of our garden team. Explore the award-winning gardens and parklands on this breath-taking 120-acre (50-hectares) demesne, with a collection of over 4,000 trees and plants from the four corners of the world.  Breathe deep and feel the connection with nature within magical surroundings that celebrate the Parsons Family’s 400-year commitment to horticulture and botany. Free time following your tour allows you explore further this amazing demesne, science galleries, Great telescope and I-LOFAR. The tour guide will focus on best in season at the time of your tour.

Pre-booking is highly recommended.

Bookings will open in early 2023.