Plan Your Visit

We look forward to welcoming you to Birr Castle Demesne, on this page you will find some information on what you can expect during you visit to our remarkable destination along with a few golden guidelines that will help make your visit one to remember. We are open 362 days a year and open each morning at 09:00, closing times vary depending on daylight hours. From time to time due to high winds other dangerous weather conditions we may need to close at short notice for the health and safety of our visitors and our team.

General Admission Ticket

General Admission tickets give you access to the demesne during opening hours and include the following:
  • 120 Acres of Parklands and Gardens.
  • Plant collection of over 5000 species.
  • Visit our large water turbine, located in the arrival courtyard.
  • Be inspired by the Suspension Bridge built c.1820 and recently restored.
  • Seasonal Trails (link to trails page)
  • The Courtyard Cafe (Mar to Oct, daily from 10:00)
  • 10km of walks, with 2 Rivers, a lake and waterfall.
  • Treehouse Playground
  • Visit the Lunar Heat Machine located in Gallery 5 of Ireland’s Historic Science Centre.
  • Visit St Brendan’s well dating back to the 6th Century, the oldest structure here on the demesne and still full of spring water.
  • Informative Visitor Guide
  • The beautiful formal Gardens and Castle Terraces.
  • Admire The Great Telescope.
  • Take in the I-LOFAR site.
  • Ramble around Ireland’s Historic Science Centre over 7-Galleries, welcome video, and Hologram and full to the rafters of interesting artefacts used by the family during their time of discovery.
  • The Gift Shop
* The suspension bridge is not open to the public for H&S reasons, from time to time we will open under restricted access.

The Castle

The Castle at Birr Castle Demesne is still a private family home, there is no access within the Castle itself.

There are seasonal guided tours of the interior of the Castle which take place May to August each year, pre booking is required and only suitable for children 12 and above.

Guided Tours

We are happy to offer guided Discovery tours for groups 15 and above and also for special interest groups and from time to time we run seasonal tours. Do follow us via our newsletter or one of our social media platforms for more. Visit Event for the current list of up an coming activities.

Playground

The playground at Birr Castle Demesne is home to play equipment for children of all ages and each child can explore and work within their own ability. The wonderful treehouse built in 2013 stands tall and is suitable for children 6 years and above. All children must be supervised at all times within the playground and unfortunately no dogs are allowed in this space. In 2019 a further investment into new additional KOMPAN play equipment was added adding more play time and exploration for the children. There are picnic tables for use as well as the playground bran offer an opportunity to rest and re-fuel before the next adventure during your time on the demesne.
Treehouse

Some Golden Rules

Please supervise Children up to the age of 18, they must be always accompanied by an adult during their visit.

You are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy many beautiful locations on site, no alcohol is permitted.

Picnics can also be pre booked in our café prior to arrival. Contact the café on X, open from 10 am, March to October.

We are all dog lovers here at BCD , however please adhere to the rule of the dog act while visiting (dogs act link), dogs must be on a lead at all times., dogs are not permitted in the playground and please clean up after your dog.

Please note we cannot permit the below list due to the health and safety reasons:

  • Bike Icon Bikes
  • No barbecuing Icon No barbecuing or naked flames are permitted within the Demesne.
  • Drones Icon Drones
  • No electric mode icon No electric mode of transport other than an official mobility vehicle.
  • Kid Scooter Icon Scooters
  • Footballs Icon Footballs and ball games of any sort

The Courtyard Café

Offering seasonal sweet and savoury treats, wonderful coffee, cakes, and ire-cream. The café is operated by Orla and Sean Clancy of Clanwood Organic Farm.

Why not enjoy a cup of tea/coffee with a heart-warming sweet treat!

Soup, sandwiches & wrap options also available.
Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday from 10.00

For any enquiries, please contact Sean via:
Courtyard Cafe Trio Sean Orla and Johnny
Cherry Blossoms

Accessibility

Most paths are accessible by wheelchair and or a mobility vehicle, we have some hills on sites and areas with steps which are highlighted on the visitor map. We have invested on the path surfaces however this is an ongoing project.

Withing our Historic Science Centre we do have a certified wheelchair life which will take visitors to the first floor.

In recent year we have used a dyslexia friendly font in all our brochures and hope this helps in some little way.

We know we are more work to-do in this area, and this will a key focus moving forward.

The demesne is spread over 120 acres and there are many quite areas to stop and reflect and enjoy a little corner of this remarkable place almost all to yourself.

Guided tours include the above also and the tour you chose. click here for more details.

Getting Here

By Car

Please use the google map for direct direction as well as our postal code, R42 VO27. This will take you directly to our pedestrian entrance.

Car Parking is available in the public car park across from our main entrance and there is also public street parking. This is a pay and display car park. (coin only)

There is NO car parking within Birr Castle Demesne.

Car Charging Points: there is one car charging point in Marian Hall Car park and other charging points can be found at Tesco car park.

By Train

The nearest train station to Birr town is the one at Tullamore and a second can be found in Portlaoise, both will require a bus or Taxi to take you to Birr town.
https://www.irishrail.ie/en-ie/

Bus Options:
Birr – Portlaoise, Portlaoise – Birr

https://locallinklaoisoffaly.ie/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/823-Birr-to-Portlaoise-4pp-Jul23-ONLINE.pdf

Please look at carefully, Tullamore – Birr, Birr – Tullamore.
https://kearnstransport.com/birr-tullamore/