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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 just a 15 minute drive from Ardmore Country House. 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 beautiful 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  Stayed for 2 nights. Chris was very welcoming and runs a beautiful B&B. The room was really lovely and breakfast was delicious. Kinnitty is a lovely quiet town and loads... read more

    500declanp
    30 July 2021

    star rating  I had a wonderful stay here for a friend's wedding at nearby Kinnitty Castle. Chris made me feel very welcome and my room was super clean, comfortable and quiet. The... read more

    el_hayward
    19 July 2022

    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
    12 June 2021
  • 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
    26 October 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
    29 September 2019

    star rating  Recently stayed with Chris in her beautiful b&b while attending a nearby wedding. So friendly & accommodating. House and rooms were beautiful, bed very comfortable and water pressure in shower... read more

    skelly111111
    1 August 2022
  • 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
    23 October 2019

    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
    7 June 2021

    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
    11 August 2019
  • star rating  Ardmore House is an absolutely fantastic place to stay in a great location along the Slieve Bloom Mountain Trail. The price was really affordable and great value for money. ... read more

    Wolfpackwalkers
    19 July 2022

    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
    20 August 2019

    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
    3 August 2020
  • star rating  Beautiful house with all the facilities required for a one-night stay. Christine was such a lovely host and provided great recommendations. Also provided us with tea and cake on arrival.... read more

    nahnum
    3 August 2022

    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
    3 October 2019

    star rating  The owner is helpful and kind. This is not the place to come if you expect luxury and a grand abbey or manor. The home is well kept, the food... read more

    galofmanycities
    12 July 2022
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