Birr Castle Demesne Events

50th Annual Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships Stunning Spectacle of Hot Air Balloons over Birr Castle Demesne this September

September will be a wonderful time to visit Birr Castle Demesne, where the 50th Annual Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships will take place this year.  This is the longest running annual national ballooning event in the world!

Around 40 ballooning teams from Ireland, Europe, Chile and the USA are expected to take part in the Championships, which takes place from the afternoon of Saturday the  24th September to Friday the 30th of September.

A private event for hobby balloonists from all over the world and an amazing spectator sport for the public, pre-booking is essential for this event due to high demand. Flights are due to take place from Saturday afternoon, and will then run through to Friday evening with two scheduled flights per day, launching in the mornings and late afternoons.  Flights are 100% weather dependent.

"hot air ballooning over birr castle"

Guests can access Birr Castle Demesne from 4.30pm to 7pm to see the ballooning event launch. €6 per person aged 4 and over.

DATE:   24th Sept – 30th Sept 2022

TIME:   4.30pm to 7pm

WHERE: Birr Castle

COST; €6.00 per person aged 4 and over.

Schedule of Flights open to the Public

Flights will launch twice daily: Morning Flights 07:00-09:00, Evening Flights 17.00-19:00

Birr Castle Demesne will be open for the public to view the following flights (Please pre-book tickets for these dates on the link below)

24 September                    Saturday                             Evening Flight

25 September                    Sunday                               Morning and Evening flight

26 September                    Monday                              Evening Flight

27 September                    Tuesday                              Evening Flight

28 September                    Wednesday                        Evening Flight

29 September                    Thursday                             Evening Flight

30 September                    Friday                                  Evening Flight

Booking Online:- You can book online here through our booking links directly to the BIRR CASTLE ticket sales

"hot air balloons over birr castle"

• Birr Castle Demesne is open daily 9am to 6pm. Family tickets from €28.
• Ballooning is 100% weather dependant and subject to quite strict weather conditions. Please note that flights can be cancelled at very short notice.
• If flights are cancelled and you have travelled to the demesne, please note that the gardens, Science Centre and Treehouse Adventure Playground will remain open until end of event time, so you will still have access to all of our top attractions. We will also have representatives from the Irish Ballooning Association onsite doing pre-launch demos.
• Why not make a day of it and visit these 120 acres of award winning gardens with rare trees and flowers, wonderful wildlife, and walks along peaceful rivers and the lake.
• While there check out the largest treehouse in Ireland with its adventure playground, the infamous Great Telescope, the Science Centre full of scientific and engineering artifacts, the Courtyard Café and gift shop – now stocking many wonderfully Irish designed gifts.

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