Birr Castle Tours
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Historic stone castles surrounded by greenery are not in short supply in Ireland, but Birr Castle in County Offaly has become known as a “hidden gem” of the country. The Birr Castle grounds is known not just for its castle, but also its award-winning gardens and national science center. Its gardens contain hundreds of rare plants, mostly collected in the travels of the Earls of Rosse over a span of 150 years. Over 2,000 species of plants — including champion trees and the world’s tallest garden hedges — are scattered amongst the castle grounds’s waterfalls, lake, and creeks.
The formal gardens are home to a romantic cloister walk, which has been the site of historic weddings. A peaceful walk through the castle’s gardens over its small bridges and through its bountiful nature is a highlight for most visitors. Those interested in Ireland’s science history will especially appreciate the Historic Science Center, featuring an impressive “Leviathan” or Great Telescope from the 19th century. There’s also a children’s tree house that welcomes families to come and play.
Guided tours and audio tours are available in both the castle and the gardens. The gardens are especially beautiful when blossoming in Spring. Admission is €9 for adults and €5 for children, and includes access to the gardens, science center, and treehouse. Located in the Midlands of Ireland, it is around a 90 minute drive from most Irish cities.
Address: Birr, Co. Offaly, Ireland
Hours: Daily from 9am-6pm
Admission: €9 for adults, €5 for children
1 Tours and Activities to Experience Birr Castle
Join us for a fun-filled day of history, culture and heritage as you are escorted through the very heart of Ireland, visiting some of the most unique castles our country has to offer. Sit back and enjoy the scenery and legends being brought to life as you are whisked away to stories which have been over five thousand years in the making. From battlement towers, castellated mansions, ancients monastic sites, ring forts, healing trees, healing wells and everything else along the way. Stories of family feuds, romantic tales, legend, lore and historic fact - we have it all on this one day package tour. Pre-booking is essential as places for each tour are limited.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What are Birr Castle hours of operation?
Birr Castle hours of operation: Daily from 9am-6pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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