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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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  • Lovely grounds, superb kids area (especially the tree house). Just a shame that the castle is not open to the public. 
  • My wife and I spent a 2 day chill out in county arms hotel in Birr Co Offally, on checking in we were welcomed at reception by a lovely girl Michelle, who was very helpful and friendly, Staff in Bar w...  more »
  • There is so much to see and do that planning your visit will add to your enjoyment. We went in October and the Autumn colours were sensational. The Castle has limited opening times but the Gardens and...  more »