Birr Castle DemesneIreland’s Largest Award-Winning Gardens - feature beautiful natural landscapes and stunning formal gardens. The world’s tallest box hedges, Victorian fernery, lake, rivers and waterfall provide an unforgettable day. Meander through the 5 miles of paths boasting an impressive worldwide plant collection. Walk through the hornbeam cloisters and enjoy the fragrance of the enchanting springtime Magnolias specially propagated. Follow the ‘Red Tree Trail’ and discover the Demesne’s 50 trees of distinction.
World Famous Great Telescope – Marvel at the Third Earl of Rosse’ leviathan creation, it was the largest in the world for over 70 years.
Ireland’s Historic Science Centre – Travel back in time as you explore the ‘Galleries of Discovery’ which celebrate early Irish achievements in astronomy, photography, botany and engineering, with a with a special emphasis on the Third Earl’s ‘Great’ Telescope,
Birr Castle remains after 14 generations the private home of the Parsons family, Earls of Rosse.
The Courtyard CaféThe Café is located at the entrance to Birr Castle Demesne in the restored stable block of the castle. The atmosphere is relaxing and visitors are guaranteed a warm welcome from the friendly staff. The Café is open daily for the 2011 season from March-31 October. Enjoy wholesome fresh food in the Courtyard Cafe which opens from 10.00hrs and 17.30hrs. Serving a selection of freshly prepared homemade food including soups, sandwiches, paninis, lasagne, cakes, pastries and more. Access to the Courtyard Café is free.
The Discovery Gift Shop offers gifts for every taste.
€7.50 students and seniors,
€5.00 children (5 and under free)
€25 family rate (for 2 adults their children),
€6.50 group rate (15 or more people).
Guided tours are €25(max. 40 people per tour)
Opening Times:Open all year, daily
March to October 0900hrs-1800hrs
November to February 1000hrs-1600hrs
Tel: 057 9120336
Fax: 057 9121583
For more information on Birr Castle contact Destination Birr