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Birr Castle Gardens
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US$672.16*
and up
4-Day Small-Group Ring of Kerry, Killarney and...
Ranked #2 of 9 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 15 November 2017

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

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"tree house"
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"science museum"
in 31 reviews
"formal gardens"
in 29 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 47 reviews
"play area"
in 25 reviews
"nice walk"
in 16 reviews
"private residence"
in 19 reviews
"lovely grounds"
in 11 reviews
"giant telescope"
in 21 reviews
"great telescope"
in 19 reviews
"lovely coffee shop"
in 8 reviews
"gift shop"
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"walk around"
in 12 reviews
"bouncy pillow"
in 13 reviews
"the river walk"
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"great family day"
in 8 reviews
"family home"
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

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 Earl of Rosse designed and built the largest telescope in the world. With this telescope, he discovered the spiral nature of some of the galaxies, and from 1845-1914, anyone wishing to witness this phenomenon had to come to Birr. And they came, in their hundreds, from across Europe and beyond, to observe the stars with Lord Rosse or simply to marvel at this feat of engineering in the middle of Ireland"

Thank Patrick E
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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 walks following the River Camcor and the lake round to the play area. There is a fabulous fairy castle for the children to play in. The wonderful telescope is worth seeing. We had a lovely lunch in the courtyard restaurant and the weather was fine enough to sit outside.

Thank Lesley L
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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 back during the summer. So glad we made the time to visit.

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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 along the paths to have a picnic and at the end there is also a great play area for small and big kids. Our almost two year old loved the hobbit house, sand play and the bouncy pillow. Will definitely be recommending to others.

Thank Caitriona R
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