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Birr Castle Gardens

Open Now: 09:00 - 18:00
Open today: 09:00 - 18:00
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Dog owners spoil another great place in Ireland

We spent a lovely few hours in Birr Castle. It is definitely a family destination. The tree house... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Isaac G
via mobile
Beautiful Garden

Had a great time walking around the garden. There was a lot to see. Has a great playground for kids.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Quincy, Massachusetts
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  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“tree house”(75 reviews)
“science museum”(37 reviews)
“formal gardens”(33 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
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Birr Castle Rosse Row | Rosse Row, Birr R42 PD79, Ireland
+353 57 912 0336
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 16 July 2006

The castle may be the most picturesque we saw in Ireland (though there is no interior access as the family still live there) and the gardens are nice, though not spectacular. The real reason we visited was to see the telescope. For seventy years it...More

6  Thank kimpete8
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 22 August 2011

From the outside, it looks so amazing. Full of promise. When you go into buy the tickets and they tell you that it's 9E a head, but you can't go inside the castle, you're disappointed but you think "Wow. 9Euro - it must be interesting....More

8  Thank ptesinge
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All reviews tree house science museum formal gardens well worth a visit play area nice walk lovely grounds private residence giant telescope family home great telescope walk around gift shop bouncy pillow the river walk lovely coffee shop courtyard cafe
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a lovely few hours in Birr Castle. It is definitely a family destination. The tree house is superb. The science centre is really interesting, as is obviously seeing what was once the largest telescope in the world. Go the Irish 😁 The Halloween...More

Thank Isaac G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great time walking around the garden. There was a lot to see. Has a great playground for kids.

Thank ZoeA167
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were in Ireland for the Hot Air Balloon championships and Birr was our launching field each morning and afternoon. We found the grounds to be beautiful and even took an additional day just to spend walking around the grounds, visiting the gift shop and...More

Thank K1059
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bought my American Cousins here for a visit in May Its one very nice place food is good and the staff are very nice more people should visit.

Thank texastomcowboy
Reviewed 11 October 2018

Birr Castle is a 90 room castle situated on a 1200 acre walled estate. The castle is only open to the public in the summer on a very limited basis as is still a family home. The gardens are fabulous, so make sure you allow...More

Thank thesmdm
Reviewed 11 October 2018

Visited on the 9th of October.Was very disappointed after we had bought our tickets that we couldn’t actually see around the castle the point of our visit ! The leaflet we had stated arranged tours were only available in the summer and I presumed that...More

Thank LornaAIreland
Reviewed 8 October 2018

I went with a guide to Clonmacnoise and he suggested stopping here on the way back to Galway. By the time we arrived we only had about 90 minutes to explore before it closed so unfortunately couldn't get anywhere close to seeing everything, but we...More

Thank straea
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Decided to call on the way back from Galway with family. Was there a couple of years ago and really enjoyed the museum visit, things have changed a bit since but still very enjoyable with tons to learn. As usual the gardens are fab but...More

Thank Olly986
Reviewed 1 October 2018

The "Leviathan" Rosse telescope was the lure but we loved the castle and gardens as well. Allow enough time to explore the gardens and be sure to tour the castle. The family still live in the castle and it was only recently opened to the...More

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed a few hours in the picturesque gardens of Birr Castle. The kids loved the bouncing pillow and amazing treehouse. Gardens are very beautiful and well maintained and there was lots to look at while rambling along the paths and under the trees. Science...More

Thank 722murrayh
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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|
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Response from Jolly489 | Reviewed this property |
Yes dogs allowed on a lead. Lots of dogs there the day we went.