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Birr Castle Gardens, Birr

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Science Museum
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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  • The gardens and Science Centre at Birr Castle was visited by our historical society. The whole estate is quite large with delightful gardens and walks. The highlight had to be the guided tour with is ...  more »
  • This is a nice place to spend an afternoon. The gardens are nice but not spectacular. The most interesting feature is the huge old telescope, dating from the 19th century, which was the largest in the...  more »
  • Lovely gardens & play area for children Lots of land to walk around..there are a few different walking routes to take so suitable for different levels of fitness... We were there during the week so it...  more »
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  • Beautiful gardens and landscaping! We were there in the spring with the magnolias blooming. We enjoyed a fantastic walk. The history here was awesome as well. A real must see!
  • I am a 'tree hugger' and if you love trees, relaxing watersides, wildlife and being at peace outdoors the grounds here are a paradise. There are many trails full of surprises. Beautiful picnic table locations so plan to be here awhile and bring a picnic. All at lease 5 hours walking and relaxation here in the grounds if you can. Rare exotic trees, beautiful native trees, wild flowers, ornate bridges, and even the formal gardens are magic. I would say my favourite country house and castle gardens in Ireland.
  • Fabulous amenities. Beautiful gardens. Dog friendly walks. Excellent value.
  • Quite an incredible place, the telescope and the gardens are absolutely stunning. The waterfall area was like stepping back into a fairy forest. You get to tour the Science Centre and the gardens and see the largest telescope built in the 1840's. It is a stunning property and well worth a visit. You don't get to see in the castle which is a shame but folks still live there. I heard there was tours of the castle during the summer months but unfortunately I guess August wasn't on the list for summer.
  • A lovely estate, super place to walk and it has a giant telescope.