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. 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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  • Absolutely fabulous experience - grounds are so beautiful and the astronomy history is brilliant. Highly recommend it,  more »
  • Lovely grounds , castle unfortunately occupied by owners so impossible to walk around , but grounds are lovely , entry 9.50 adult, 5 euro kids , 26 euro family 2 adults 2 kids, love the playground wit...  more »
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  • Absolutely in love with this place. I've been there in the summer and autumn. Waiting for spring. Dying to see everything coming back to life after winter. Birr castle is not available for public but there you go... the garden. Is huge and beautiful. Great place to go with kids around Halloween( some games are arranged for kids ). We're lucky with the weather both times. Colours of nature are amazing. Sun is playing with shadow so make sure you have your cameras ready for action. Cafe at the gate of castle is also super, serving hot and cold food. Coffee is lovely.😊
  • One of the most beautiful places in Ireland, most recommend for families to visit, big playing area and lots of beautiful gardens surrounded. In summer when the trees and flowers are their will be most scenic place to visit. Nice museum and tree house.
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