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Birr Castle Gardens

Birr Castle Gardens in the Georgian town of Birr are world famous for the large selection of rare plants collected by the Earls of Ross over the last 150 years. The gardens are home to the world’s tallest box hedges, Ireland’s largest Tree House and adventure centre the Giant Telescope and Science Centre. The castle is still lived in by the Ross family and is open for guided tours on special dates between May and August. The Great Telescope was built in the 1840’s by the third earl of Ross. This Reflecting Telescope remained the largest in the world for over 70 years and is arguably the largest historic scientific instrument still working today.

 

The interactive science centre houses astronomical instruments, cameras, photographs and photographic equipment used by the Third and Fourth Earls and Mary, Countess of Rosse, in the middle and late 1800’s.

 

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.

 

Opening Hours 

16th March – 31st Oct 9:00 – 18:00

1st November – 15th March 10:00 – 16:00

 

Birr is just a 10 minute drive from Kinnitty. After you have spent time exploring the gardens take a walk around the beautifuln Georgian town of Birr.

 

 

Customer Reviews

We are delighted to be ranked in the top 10% of hotels worldwide on Trip Advisor and receive the Traveller’s Choice Award 2020

  • star rating  We stayed with Chris at this beautiful guest house . From the moment we arrived we were pleasantly greeted by the hostess who was more than welcoming.
    Chris is... read more

    siobhans919
    6/02/2021

    star rating  Arrived here completely wet, but it was nice and well-organised. Nice breakfast, also very pleasant and decent lady. The building itself is quite well-maintained, with a beautiful virginia creeper all... read more

    CorkFergal
    8/03/2020

    star rating  We stayed but one night and wished we had had longer. Christina is the ultimate as a warm and welcoming hostess. From welcoming us upon our arrival with tea and... read more

    Dan E
    10/27/2019
  • star rating  Just returned to the UK after 4 great nights at Ardmore Court House. The house is beautifully decorated with great rooms and an amazing garden. Chris is a fabulous host... read more

    RODBurystEdmunds
    8/11/2019

    star rating  This was our fourth and final B & B and by far the best! Chris is the definition of a hostess. She welcomes you into her home and offers you... read more

    1018heathero
    10/25/2019

    star rating  Our trip in Kinnitty was very fantastic. Chris welcomed us during two weeks. The room was really clean and beautiful. It’s a great opportunity to try mountain bike available in... read more

    valentinmetz
    8/05/2019
  • star rating  Myself and 2 friends stayed 6 days in this lovely home. We were impressed the moment we arrived. Our room was roomy, even with 3 beds, lovely antiques, beds and... read more

    retiredfa68
    9/29/2019

    star rating  This place is magic! Chris is amazing, knowledgeable and fun. We were only here for one night and wish we had stayed for more. It was clean,... read more

    kelleyschuler
    10/23/2019

    star rating  From the start Chris was very welcoming and helpful. She made us tea and rang a local restaurant for us as it was near closing time. There was a sitting... read more

    michellearty
    6/12/2021
  • star rating  We stayed here for two nights and wished we could have stayed longer. Chris was a fantastic host, offering us tea and homemade scones on arrival. She went above... read more

    Emer M
    6/07/2021

    star rating  First of all, Chris our hostess was awesome!
    She steered us in the right direction for sights we would be interested in and not too far away. The breakfasts are... read more

    Ms_Jamie_Sz
    10/03/2019

    star rating  This place is magic! Chris is amazing, knowledgeable and fun. We were only here for one night and wish we had stayed for more. It was clean,... read more

    kelleyschuler
    10/23/2019
  • star rating  I stayed here overnight for an adventure race in the village. I had a warm Irish welcome on arrival with a cup of tea and a wee cake. ... read more

    Liam F
    8/20/2019

    star rating  This was our fourth and final B & B and by far the best! Chris is the definition of a hostess. She welcomes you into her home and offers you... read more

    1018heathero
    10/26/2019

    star rating  We were so pleased that we selected Ardmore Country House for our three-night stay. Chris was super helpful during our stay and we found her very friendly, easy-going and a... read more

    Irelandin2019
    11/01/2019