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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The Science Centre at Birr Castle

Birr Castle Demesne Ireland Universal Joint

Travel back to the time of the earlier Earls and Countesses of Rosse, when Birr Castle was a hub of scientific discovery and innovation.
The interactive centre reveals the wonders of early photography, engineering and astronomy with a special emphasis on the brilliant design and assembly of the world famous Great Telescope.

Birr Castle Demesne Ireland Engineerium

Discover astronomical instruments, cameras, photographs and photographic equipment used by the Third and Fourth Earls and Mary, Countess of Rosse, in the middle and late 1800s.
Also on display is electrical and engineering equipment originally belonging to Charles Parsons and used in his experiments as well as a large area devoted to the botanical work carried out in the Demesne.

The whole collection is housed in the restored stables.