Birr Castle Gardens, Birr

#1 of 6 in Parks in County Offaly
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. Plan to visit Birr Castle Gardens and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended County Offaly attractions using our County Offaly route builder tool .
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  • OK, I always say when we see a brown sign in Ireland… That’s a tourist attraction we must see it. Even when we have to turn around and drive a half hour out of way no problem… Normally, You know, you ...  more »
  • The castle is still privately owned and resided in ..... Lots of scientific endeavours pursued here. I guess if you didn't have to work for a living, you would have heaps of time to devote to interest...  more »
  • Large gardens where you will find a telescope for more than 100 years. The Castle not to visit.
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  • If you enjoy open spaces to walk and be surrounded by nature, this is the place for you. Food at the coffee is also good. Note however, that the actual Castle is only opened occasionally to the public, so not a castle adventure/visit in the traditional sense
  • A castle itself is privately owned so no visits are allowed. Park, on the contrary, is worth visiting, not only for it's once upon time biggest telescope in the world, but also for rope bridge, waterfalls, paths and theme parks. And children playground with huge wooden castle every kid will fall in love.
  • Easily spent 2 hrs here. Lovely walk unfortunately cut short by rain and a flooded walkway!! Would definitely go again if up this way. Worth every penny 👌
  • Really nice walk along rivers, gardens, ancient telescope, castles and old woodlands. A fantastic play area for kids too. Bit expensive to get in though.
  • Excellent Lovely little cafe, treasure hunt for kids for Easter, playground with large treehouse & trampoline for kids also. Historic telescope .Beautiful gardens, lake, Castle & walks. Gift shop.

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