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Birr Castle Gardens

Birr Castle Rosse Row | Rosse Row, Birr R42 PD79, Ireland
+353 57 912 0336
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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 engineering and wonderful wildlife. The Parsons family invite you to explore one of the most extraordinary places in Ireland. Created over generations it is an environmental and scientific time capsule. Treehouse Adventure Area This adventure area inside the Garden houses Ireland’s largest treehouse as well as picnic areas, a bouncy pillow, sand pits and dens. Great Telescope This, the largest telescope in the world for over 70 years, was constructed in the 1840s by the Third Earl of Rosse. With it he discovered the spiral nature of certain nebulae – leading to their identification as galaxies.
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Birr Castle Rosse Row | Rosse Row, Birr R42 PD79, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were here during the off season but even though there were no flowers or tour of the castle the grounds were still very interesting to walk around. The huge telescope was very cool.

Thank Tonya V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The grounds of Birr castle are extensive with river and lake areas to walk. You can easily spend a peaceful couple of hours here strolling through the trees and shrubs. The museum which details the various scientific and other aspects of the demense - such...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ultimate relaxation experience.... we walked and talked, admiring & adoring nature's understated beauty all over the Castle grounds, for hours - and never noticed the rain. Says everything really! Then the science museum proved to be a bonus - an imaginative, creative and informative...More

Thank Peter M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

great day out got a family pass from hotel free as it was holoween there was a pumkin trail and the grandchildren had a great time .Staff were very helpful and great with directions

Thank busybee90
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was a spontaneous visit as we drove through Birr. We had my mother with us and she really enjoyed the walk and the history. Well worth a visit for any type of group of any age. Extract - "In the early 1840’s, the Third...More

Thank Patrick E
Reviewed 7 November 2017

We were visiting our daughter in Ireland so went to Birr Castle Desmesne for the day. This is not our first visit, however over the last 15 years or so the gardens have seen wonderful improvements. More of the gardens are now open with spectacular...More

Thank Lesley L
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

While you cannot visit the castle itself since it is inhabited, the grounds are wonderful. The giant telescope has been restored and is worth the walk. We missed the wildflower fields since it was November, the guides said they are spectacular and with a trip...More

Thank travelingbeachbum00
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

We happily spent 3 hrs here on a stunning Autumn Sunday, strolling through the woods, taking in the breath taking scenery. The castle itself is impressive to look at however you cannot explore the inside but I think the grounds were treasure enough. Fantastic areas...More

Thank Caitriona R
Reviewed 3 November 2017

We have been to Birr Demesne several times but for this review our last visit was deliberate and with the Grandkids. Entrance through the main building which houses the museum has you straight into the children's area with the Treehouse (Disney castle style) and other...More

1  Thank Tony2Phones
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

Great day out.. so much history...Ireland's biggest tree house..we climbed it twice!!... yep... twice!! The tallest box hedges in Guinness world records and the largest telescope in Ireland which was the biggest in world for 70 years! Amazing history. The Halloween "death party " for...More

Thank Dee H
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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.