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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
+353 57 912 0336
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely place to visit even in winter. We strolled through the gardens, not much growing at this time of year but I can imagine it is beautiful in Summer. The observatory is worth seeing and also the children's play area which is all made...More

Thank Helen M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited with family six adults and four children. Initially spent some time in the playground which the kids loved. Visited the coffee shop. Menu quite limited and we all got food at different times. Those who were served first were finished by the time...More

Thank Winniepooh911
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the castle after seeing it on TV in a documentary .. It's a wonderful visit if you're interested in astronomy I was entralled with the large telescope ! It was the biggest in the world for 75 years .. You have a sense of...More

Thank mariahoo45
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have visited Santa at Birr Castle from 2010 to 2016. The early years were magical ! The setting of Birr Castle & gardens is stunning. Brigtly light reception area, with lots of Disney characters greeting us in the courtyard, elves interacting & singing with...More

Thank Wethinkthat
Reviewed 10 January 2018

We stopped here en route to Galway, and found it to be very picturesque, even in winter. There's a fantastic treehouse, winding pathways, and a castle to look at from afar (a private residence, so entry isn't possible), a giant telescope, and a fascinating indoor...More

Thank Rebecca B
Reviewed 31 December 2017

It cost €9 to enter the gardens, I choose to do the river walk, which takes approx. 40 minutes but of course longer if you dwell at the different vantage points along the way. There are some very picturesque points along the walk, as you...More

Thank axel07
Reviewed 2 December 2017

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 30 November 2017

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 18 November 2017

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 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

Thank busybee90
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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.