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Birr Castle Demesne

Created over generations, Birr Castle Demesne is an environmental and scientific time capsule, a living breathing and evolving place of beauty and inspiration where students can discover a world of fun-filled exploration.

Our range of school tours allow students to explore the astonishing feats of the Parsons family in the fields of Astronomy, Engineering, Science and Photography. Be inspired as you journey through our seven science galleries, marvel at the Great Telescope (the biggest in the world for over 70 years) and climb Ireland’s Tallest Treehouse! Our aim is to incorporate your school curriculum into each individual tour and create a unique experience for all.

We also run a number of school workshops such as the Discover Primary Science & Maths workshop. For further information please visit or email,

The Quest will return for summer 2021 alongside our new Solar Trail and improved Gallery Challenge. The Quest is a fun trail for the young to explore a variety of interesting sites within the demesne from the Great Telescope to the Icehouse. Our new Solar Trail follows a 2km route, which takes approximately 45-60 mins to complete and explores our galaxy for all those interested in the skies above… another great group/family activity.

Registered charity CHY 6900 Non-Profit Organisation.

tel: 0579120336