Plan Your Visit

Please note we have having a small issue with our maps on google, use postal code R42 VO27 in your google map search for the right direction. 

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.
  • The Suspension Bridge* built c.1820 and recently restored.
  • Multitude of trails varying from nature, astronomy and engineering.
  • The Courtyard Cafe open daily from 10:00.
  • 10km of walks, with 2 Rivers, a lake and waterfall.
  • Treehouse playground area with Ireland's Tallest Treehouse and swing & slide area.
  • 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 Leviathan Telescope.
  • Visit 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 health & safety 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 of 15 and above and also for special interest groups and from time to time we run seasonal tours.

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.

Parts of the Treehouse will be closed for renovations. The treehouse is now 10 years old and structure works are required.
For now, we invite guests to explore the demesne through the various trails on offer and for the younger visitors to enjoy the other play areas fully open and operational.

Thank you for understanding.

Playground Birr Castle Demesne

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 087 2373996, open from 10 am daily.

We are all dog lovers here at Birr Castle Demesne, however please adhere to the rule of the Dog Act while visiting, 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 No bikes
  • No barbecuing Icon No barbecuing or naked flames are permitted within the Demesne.
  • Drones Icon No drones
  • No electric mode icon No electric mode of transport other than an official mobility vehicle.
  • Kid Scooter Icon No scooters
  • Footballs Icon No 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.

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

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

We know we have more work to do in this area and this will be a key focus moving forward.

The demesne is spread over 120 acres and there are many quiet areas to stop, reflect and enjoy a little corner of this remarkable location.

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/