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Birr Castle Gardens, Birr
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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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  • Brilliant. Couldn't spend a morning in any better way. Beautiful grounds. Interesting background. Wonderful playground. 
  • We visited Birr Castle on a beautiful November day and although we had heard good reports it surpassed our expectations - there really was something for everyone in our family of five (including three...  more »
  • Very interesting place. Beautiful autumn colours. Very interesting also the telescope exists within the garden and the Museum very special.
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