Opening TimesOpen All Year

16 Mar to 31 Oct
0900hrs - 1800hrs

1 Nov to 15 Mar
1000hrs - 1600hrs

FacilitiesFacilities

The Castle Courtyard Café
April ~ October

The Discovery Gift Shop
Open every day of year

Birr Castle Demesne
Birr, Co. Offaly,
Ireland

Phone: +353 57 91 20336

bookings@birrcastle.com
 
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 Welcome to Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre, Co Offaly

We welcome you to our Domaine of Discovery, which offers something for everyone to enjoy and is especially interesting and educational for families.  Starting with Ireland’s Historic Science Centre in the old stable block, with its café and shop you can then explore 50 hectares of park land, visit the magnificent Formal Gardens and terraces and discover Birr’s world famous engineering and astronomical wonder - the Great Telescope.  We look forward to welcoming you on a voyage of Discovery.

The Domaine and all the wonders that it contains is administered by the Birr Scientific and Heritage Foundation, a charitable body – click here to find out more

The Gardens

Birr Castle Formal Gardens

The Gardens at Birr are arguably the greatest gardens in the Republic of Ireland and well known internationally. They are set in a landscape of 50 hectares and contain some of the largest and rarest tree species found in Ireland and the world...

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Science Centre

Science Centre

Travel back to the time of the earlier Earls and Countesses of Rosse, when Birr Castle was a hub of scientific discovery and innovation. Discover astronomical instruments, cameras, photographs and photographic equipment used...

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The Great Telescope

The Great Telescope

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...

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Events/Exhibitions

 

For information on upcoming events at Birr Castle Gardens...

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Eating & Shopping

Eating and Shopping

The Discovery Gift Shop at Birr Castle Gardens offers gifts for every taste.
Open 7 days a week from 9am till 6pm. 
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Educational Tours

Educational Tours

Discover Primary Science ~ Journey through Astronomy with our fun, interactive tour...
Junior Science Trail covers areas such as light, energy conversion, living things, ecology...

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