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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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  • Experience very complete stroll through the gardens, botanical curiosities, beautiful castle, ideal River, super curious telescope giant and very very entertaining Museum. Just note that the Castle inside cannot be visited to live their owners. Family or romantic plan is a great plan. Spend a couple of hours because there are things to do. The village is also worthy of a visit.
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  • Came ere today even though TripAdvisor said it closed. Had a lovely day with my family ere. The tree house is amazing, well worth the visit if you have knight's or Princesses in your house. The garden...  more »
  • We had incredible pleasure to visit Birr Castle Gardens again this year. They have made some lovely change since our last visit. There is big playground now with fantastic tree house (real treat for k...  more »