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Birr Castle Gardens

Rosse Row, Birr, 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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  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Rosse Row, Birr, Ireland
+353 57 912 0336
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Spent a lovely day here today, the park is excellent, one of the best we have visited and we visit a lot! Especially love the bouncy pillow. A nice walk around the grounds and good cafe, good value for us as children 4 and under...More

Thank kandjIreland
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Recently visited with family of four. Very poor value for money. Gift shop very small. Museum not interesting for young familys. And part of it not working. Lift upto museum but only stairs down. No castle to look around only gardens. Play area very good....More

Thank irishfamily4
Reviewed 4 days ago

The garden walk is beautiful, with all kinds of tree and plant specimens. If you like astronomy or science, you will want to see the telescope!

1  Thank traveling-family36
Reviewed 4 days ago

The castle and gardens are a nice place for a stroll and a couple of pictures. I wouldn’t call the location a must see as I can think of a couple far more fundamental places to visit, however it was definitely a good one off...More

Thank danny2013do
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Absolutely fabulous place to visit for a walk or just to chill. There is a visitor centre also where you can learn about some of the history of birr and a seasonal coffee shop where you can get lovely lunch or snacks. Absolute must-see!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely place to visit. The gardens are beautiful. There is a great play area for children. Lovely experience for all the family.

2  Thank Bridget S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really an unexpected delight to see gardens, an ancient building housing a cool giant telescope. The biggest tree house we've ever seen and nice goodies in the castle cafe. Beautiful private castle with greenhouses on the grounds ... redwood & boxwoods ... a little path...More

1  Thank bigpictureteam
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited early and was nice and quiet lots of interesting things to see on the walk around the grounds. The giant tree house was great fun for the kids

Thank bryan l
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just visiting Birr for 3 days and was given a pass to Birr Castle from the hotel we were staying with. I'd really thought that this was going to be one of those parks that I had to encourage my kids to walk and admire...More

Thank Littlebeebies
BirrCastleGardens, Reception Staff at Birr Castle Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for taking the time to review Birr Castle Gardens. We are happy to hear you and your children enjoyed your visit and we hope you will be able to visit again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice grounds to walk around and some lovely wild flowers to see. Nice place to have a picnic and to walk your dogs. The ice cream cones from the ice cream shop outside in the courtyard are the best i have ever had, i would...More

1  Thank MrsKCIreland
BirrCastleGardens, Staff Reception at Birr Castle Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for taking the time to review Birr Castle Gardens. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and we will take your comments on board in relation to the extra services provided in the gardens.

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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.