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“Late Autumn”

Birr Castle Gardens
Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Birr
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
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 regular kids playground stuff that kept the youngsters and not so youngsters occupied for about an hour.

Trying to navigate the grounds when the kids have the maps could have been difficult, there are 2 main colour coded walks but several paths so wandering in circles could easily have happened were we not old hands.

Clearly October isn't the best time for flora but the colours of the remaining leaves was a bit special. There were a few trees downed or damaged by the storms and ground staff were busy tidying up. The walking the grounds part added another hour before returning to the entrance building.

The museum is interesting on a number of scientific levels going beyond astronomy and the telescope, chemistry and power generation were other features based and developed from Birr.

Then the Cafe, lots of choice, good food at fair prices. October might be the wrong time but if visiting in Summer the Ice Cream is Good with a capital G.

Visit was 2 1/2 hours. We knew the castle wasn't open although it is on certain dates through the year (check ahead) Pricing is to be fair a bit higher than I would like for parkland gardens but visiting with the family it was well worth the expense.

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"play area"
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"lovely grounds"
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"walk around"
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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 the 3rd Earl of Rosse was V v v scary but we'll done. I was more afraid than my son!

Thank DeeH542
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Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

Stopped in to see the telescope which was the biggest in the world at one point and discovered there was an amazing park to walk with water features level changes and a formal garden. You could bring a picnic and spend the day. Recommend to all

Thank 206edh
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Beautiful gardens, lovely walks and the history of the telescope . Large play area for kids. Still a lot of colour in the gardens even in October

Thank Christopher P
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

My wife and I spent about 3 hours here last week, and it was one of the highlights of our 2 week tour of Ireland. The gardens were beautiful and the riverside walk was wonderful. We followed the suggested routes on the self guide pamphlet and really enjoyed reading about the garden development through the generations. The telescope was magnificent and when we spent time in the science centre learned a lot about some fascinating scientific work done by the Earl's at Birr. A great visit.

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