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Birr Castle Gardens, Birr

Categories: Science Museums, Castles, Nature & Parks, Museums, Tourist Spots
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3.8/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web
Learn about the history of science and wander centuries-old walled gardens on the grounds of the Earl of Rosse's residence at Birr Castle Gardens. Known for their interest in science, the earls founded Ireland's Historic Science Centre on the castle grounds. The Third Earl was responsible for constructing the great telescope that points toward the stars. At that time, it was the largest telescope in the world and could see further into space than any other. Other exhibits inside the science center showcase some of the earliest advances in photography, engineering, and botany. The castle itself remains the home of the hereditary earls, so it is closed to the public. However, the grounds, science center, and gardens are open when you pay the entrance fee. Events are a regular occurance at the attraction, such as the Irish Game and County Fair, and these charge a special admission fee. To visit Birr Castle Gardens and other attractions in County Offaly, use our County Offaly vacation planner.
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  • Oct 2016, visited Birr Castle, gardens for the first time, I've passed the walls of the castle all my life but never visited, €9 and adult very reasonable for all the walks and trees and plants on dis...  read more »
  • I didn't expect much, having been told that the castle was occupied and unavailable to tour at the time. However, the castle grounds were outstanding to stroll through! There were beautiful flower gar...  read more »
  • Interesting visit, great displays, fabulous walks and fairly good value. on-site café had great food and reasonable prices. 
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