Open All Year
16 Mar to 31 Oct
0900hrs - 1800hrs
1 Nov to 15 Mar
1000hrs - 1600hrs
The Castle Courtyard Café
April ~ October
The Discovery Gift Shop
Open every day of year
With its own Entrance to one of Europe's finest ornamental gardens
A charming cottage in its own secluded site within Birr Castle Demesne, County Offaly. As a lodge, it commands its own entrance to this park of over 50 hectares, recognised as one of Europe's finest ornamental gardens, with trees and shrubs from all over the world, around a lake with rivers and waterfalls. The demesne also features the world's tallest box hedges and the recently restored giant telescope. A wonderful retreat for nature lovers, gardeners, artists and all yours to enjoy privately after the main gates close to the general public at the end of each afternoon. Fishing, horse riding and golf are available locally and the River Shannon is only 20 minutes drive away.
The Bothy Garden Cottage
The Bothy is a garden cottage in its own secluded area within Birr Castle Demesne. A gate in the wall opens on to the famous Millennium gardens (open to the public) set in a large park laid out around a lake and on the banks of two rivers, offering miles and hours of beauty and tranquility. This is a must for nature lovers, gardeners, artists, and all yours to enjoy privately each evening. The Demesne is equally celebrated for its giant telescope, the largest in the world for 75 years and now fully restored. Boating trips on the River Shannon, cycling, fishing and golf are all nearby.
Mid Ireland Tourism web site www.midirelandtourism.ie is a good source of information for all your needs to plan a most enjoyable visit to the midlands of Ireland.
Birr Castle Seasonal highlights
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