Open All Year
16 Mar to 31 Oct
0900hrs - 1800hrs
1 Nov to 15 Mar
1000hrs - 1600hrs
The Castle Courtyard Café
April ~ October
The Discovery Gift Shop
Open every day of year
Discover Primary Science and Maths
€10.00 per child - A Journey of Pioneering, Adventure & Astronomy
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
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.
We have just revamped our DPS to make it even more relevant to the curriculum. The revised programme consists of:
Length of tour: 2.5 hours. Admission €10 per student. Suitable for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Class.
For Bookings & Further details, please contact our Educational Officer on 0579120336
Junior Science Trail
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.
Horticultural Internship Programme
Over the last fifteen years, over 100 interested horticulturalists have spent a couple of months or longer in the Demesne to gain practical work experience, mostly between the spring and autumn. Some have spent the best part of a year, but most spend a trimester of two or three months.
For bookings and further information, please contact:
Birr Castle Demesne and Ireland’s Historic Science Centre, Birr, County Offaly, Ireland
Birr Castle Seasonal highlights
Click on the images to view our seasonal highlights photo gallery