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16 Mar to 31 Oct
0900hrs - 1800hrs

1 Nov to 15 Mar
1000hrs - 1600hrs


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Birr Castle Demesne
Birr, Co. Offaly,

Phone: +353 57 91 20336
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Junior Science Trail

€5.00 per student (self- guiding – includes illustrated work book)

Junior Science Trail at Birr CastleIreland’s Historic Science Centre in Birr Castle Demesne has developed an interactive worksheet ‘Junior Science Trail’ for Junior Certificate Science students and their teachers.

The ‘Junior Science Trail’ covers areas such as light, energy conversion, living things, ecology, classification of substances, and the historic lives and scientific interests of the Parsons family, and is also suitable as a Transition Year activity.

Combining a botany field trip in the award-winning gardens with an interactive museum visit, the ‘Junior Science Trail’ involves over 20 questions and student activities such as recording an ecology in the 400-year-old wildflower meadow using plant and animal keys, identifying trees using a leaf key, using the Periodic Table of Elements to determine the makeup of the telescope mirrors, and observing the many engineering features and exhibits, such as the Great Telescope and the Lunar Heat Machine, to draw conclusions and apply their knowledge in a practical way.


For bookings and further information, please contact:

Birr Castle Demesne and Ireland’s Historic Science Centre, Birr, County Offaly, Ireland
Tel: +353 5791 20336, Fax: +353 5791 21583, Email: