We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Birr Castle Gardens

Closed Now: 09:00 - 18:00
Open today: 09:00 - 18:00
Book In Advance
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information
All photos (511)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“tree house”(73 reviews)
“science museum”(36 reviews)
“formal gardens”(32 reviews)
Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre A Demesne of Discovery open daily from 9.00 until 18.00. The Award Winning Gardens of Birr Castle and the newly revamped Science Centre are rich in flowers, rare trees, extraordinary feats of science and...more
Closed Now
Hours Today: 09:00 - 18:00
See all hours
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Birr Castle Rosse Row | Rosse Row, Birr R42 PD79, Ireland
+353 57 912 0336
Reviews (726)
Filter reviews
676 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviewstree housescience museumformal gardenswell worth a visitplay areanice walkprivate residencelovely groundsgiant telescopegreat telescopewalk aroundbouncy pillowfamily homegift shopthe river walklovely coffee shopgreat family day
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 676 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The castle gardens are extensive and with a vast range of unusual plants. The "worlds largest" telescope is a remarkable sight, and the walks relaxing.

Thank StephenM99
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just back from a relaxing family day out. Gardens and playground kept in immaculate condition and a wonderful tree-house for the kids to play on. Lots of interesting stories to learn about including the very large telescope. Well worth a trip with the family

Thank Travelling_Footy_Fan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to stretch the legs or sit and watch the children play in the sand pits or giant treehouse. Swings and slides too. Picnic tables available or take a rug down by the lake. The coffee shop has a good selection of salads, sandwiches,...More

Thank michelle242018
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a really nice place for a family day out. We had a lovely walk around the gardens and my girls really enjoyed the pillow and playground.

Thank Travel70061
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited here lately and found this to be one of great garðens to visit. We started with house visit to house and late Lady Rosses dresses which she had worn over the years even to Princess Margerets wedding . Science museum is well laid out...More

Thank JamesS6523TS
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is just one of the intriguing historic, and scientific, artefacts you will encounter at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre. The latter is a small exhibition describing the scientific achievements of various members of the Parsons family, the Earls of Rosse, who have owned...More

Thank WirralChesterdraws
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a great mix of old charm, modern facilities, something for young and old. We took a tour of the castle, the guide was so informative and entertaining, I learnt so much about the family that still live here, and also about Irish...More

Thank Jcjc1994
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My sister and niece were coming over to Ireland and their visit coincided with National Heritage Week. We are Dubs by ancestry but it's good to see other places. A recent article in the Irish Times referred to the display of dresses that had belonged...More

Thank Uranus7
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic science park and museum. Amazing to think Ireland had the largest astronomical telescope in the world in the nineteenth century... fantastically restored and with a fascinating museum on-site. The gardens are lively for a stroll and a picnic. There is even an active radio...More

Thank Denis C
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

Beautiful gardens with lots of nature to enjoy , smells & colours . Choice of different walks to choose from in & around the castle grounds . Very interesting history associated with the castle and the link to astronomy. Great playground for the kids to...More

Thank Tony D
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 3 nearby hotels
The Maltings
112 reviews
.19 km away
Dooly's Hotel
173 reviews
.23 km away
County Arms Hotel & Leisure Club
690 reviews
.88 km away
Brosna Lodge Hotel
46 reviews
11.54 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 27 restaurants in Birr
227 reviews
.15 km away
Emma's Cafe
131 reviews
.27 km away
Kellys Bar
94 reviews
.15 km away
Sanjay's Kitchen
70 reviews
.32 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 10 attractions in Birr
Birr Theatre & Arts Centre
128 reviews
.24 km away
Science Centre at Birr Castle
30 reviews
.07 km away
The Chestnut Public House
14 reviews
.15 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Bernard M
1 May 2017|
Response from BirrCastleGardens | Property representative |
Dogs are welcome, however they must be kept on a lead at all times. They are not allowed through the science centre or into the children's playground.
Bernard M
1 May 2017|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from Jolly489 | Reviewed this property |
Yes dogs allowed on a lead. Lots of dogs there the day we went.