Things to do in Birr

Top Things to Do in Birr

Things to Do in Birr

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  • Justin R
    Lino Lakes, MN282 contributions
    I stopped here with my daughter on our way from Dublin to Galway. It isn’t too far out of the way and is ably halfway in between. It was great for my daughter to get out and run around on the playground equipment. The grounds are quite large and there is a lot of empty space. We didn’t explore all of it but we did see the giant telescope and the stream near the castle which were fun to see. It is a good place to let kids be able to run around. The science center part is pretty small and I didn’t find all that interesting.
    Written 18 October 2022
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  • Camper583786
    8 contributions
    This theatre hosts a variety of interesting events on a regular basis. Located near the heart of Birr, it is easy to access and parking is easily found. Tickets are very affordable and there is a limited selection of beverages being served during the interval. All in all a great little venue!
    Written 30 October 2019
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  • DJCass
    Ireland298 contributions
    When in Birr Castle remember to make sure tat the Science Centre is not missed. It is a must see experience and something that you would not usually find in a castle.
    Written 25 September 2022
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  • Ashleyxod
    Dublin, Ireland8 contributions
    Booked an hour long horse trek for 4 of us during our stay at Kinnity Castle and could not recommend the experience enough. I was a bit nervous as a beginner and having never been on a horse before but maeve ensured to make it a wonderful experience for us all and made me feel so calm and truly enjoy the experience. Maeve was just exceptional. The 5 horses were also so well behaved and placid. I could not say a bad word about the experience, it was a bucket list activity for me and I am so glad I did it. Overall an amazing experience. Thank you Maeve.
    Written 19 March 2022
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  • Maeve o donovan
    Tullamore, Ireland5 contributions
    A gorgeous stroll through the garden Centre leading to a beautiful gravelled area where when the weather is conducive one can sit and eat ones food in the sunshine! Inside is warm and friendly in a very relaxed way with tables to share and friendly and efficient staff who meet your every need! Delicious healthy food followed by equally delicious cake! I think I should move in!!
    Written 25 November 2018
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  • Adeline M
    United Kingdom55 contributions
    Went here with large group and got guided tour around by owner. Great plants like tree peonies and lots of bulbs, shrubs and trees.
    Pond area, large conservatory and folly.
    Written 17 May 2017
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  • kirish_12
    Philadelphia, PA70 contributions
    We read of this place in some of the County Offaly tourism material online or we would never have known of it. The library is not hard to find, and is on the grounds of the municipal building--signage can be seen easily from the street. The building is a former convent, and the spectacular stained glass on an expanse of white walls was so beautiful--if this were my local library, I would be there daily. The staff was very helpful when we asked to see the modern copy of the Gospel Book of MacRegol, actually created in Birr but the original now in the Bodleian at Oxford. The copy of the exquisite illuminated manuscript is so stunning, and it was hard to believe that nearby were the fiction/nonfiction sections of any small library. There are no crowds, completely easy access for you to look at the displays of the pages on the walls and the copy itself (in a glass case). Photos are permitted. You wouldn't need more than half an hour, but we are so glad we took the time for this.
    Written 9 November 2019
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  • thesmdm
    Auckland, New Zealand1,290 contributions
    The monumental column that stands in the centre of Birr, which was erected to commemorate the Duke of Cumberland is the first of its type to have been erected in Ireland. It consists of a monumental Doric column standing on a tall square pedestal that rises to a height of 13.5 m or just under 44 feet. It dominates the fine central square in which it stands providing an elegant urban landmark on the principal axes of the town. Constructed in 1746-7, to the design of a young Irish architect called samuel Chearnley, it was commissioned by a local landowner sir Lawrence Parsons of the nearby Birr Castle, to commemorate the English victory, under Cumberland, over the scots at Culloden.
    Written 11 October 2018
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  • Eli
    1 contribution
    We spent the afternoon as a family foraging with Mary and her cats. Mary's foraging knowledge and experience is first class. We then cooked a delicious vegan lunch using some of the leaves we collected. We would highly recommend this to all our friends, family and anyone else with an interest in foraging or nature!
    Written 19 June 2022
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  • Edna T
    Dublin, Ireland19 contributions
    We were recommended to the chestnut when we asked about music in Birr. What a great night of live music. This pub has live Irish music sessions every Thursday and it was fabulous, 10 - 15 musicians coming together to play non stop. It was soooo good we will go back to Birr and make sure we are there for this session. The pub is comfortable and the atmosphere is great
    Written 27 February 2022
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  • Stuart170649
    United Kingdom250 contributions
    This is a very well run golf club with a friendly and welcoming staff and club house team run by Francis. I can recommend this course.
    Written 8 April 2016
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