Guided Tours Inside Birr Castle, Offaly

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Birr Castle has been the home of the Parson’s family since 1620. The 7th Earl of Rosse, William Brendan Parsons and Alison Lady Rosse open their home in summer. Visitors are welcome to explore the castle and its environs.

Guided Tours Inside Birr Castle, Offaly

The castle tour includes a 75-minute guided tour starting with videos in the Science Galleries follow by a visit to the castle and the stunningly beautiful reception rooms.

A guide will lead you through the magnificent rooms while talking about the extraordinary and pioneering history of the Parsons family, most especially in the area of science. Your guide will also discuss the antique furniture, family portraits, chandeliers, and tapestries within the rooms you visit. 

Following the tour of the Castle, the admission ticket also allows you to explore the 120 acres of parklands. Visitors can enjoy the nature trails, marvel at the Great Telescope, visit the Carroll Oak which is standing tall for over 500 years. And enjoy a stroll along the rivers and waterfalls and visit Ireland’s Historic Science Centre.    

Tour Details

  • Guided tours of the interior of Birr Castle will run Monday to Saturday from now until September, with tours running at 10:00, 11:30 & 13:00 daily.  
  • Pre-booking is essential for castle tours, and tours are suitable for age 12 upwards. Please note the castle is a listed property with many steps, unfortunately it is not wheelchair accessible.  
  • Cost of €20 per person and includes access to the Demesne pre or post your booked tour time.  for booking and more information, book here.  
  • Café and gift shop on site.  

Birr Castle is beautifully framed within a 120-acre demesne. This 17th-century castle is home for the past 400 years to the Parsons Family. Who are celebrated for their remarkable scientific and engineering feats, including the world-famous Great Telescope (1845).  

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Joan Scales
Joan Scales
Award-winning journalist, Joan has been writing about travel and tourism for many years principally for The Irish Times and lately for travel2ireland. Joan has appeared many times on television and radio talking about the business of travel and all its component strands. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at many international conventions and conferences.

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