Birr Castle Demesne is situated in Birr Co offaly.My wife and i go there every Spring to view the gardens .We find that Spring time the gardens are at their best.These gardens are rated five star in the official list of gardens of outstanding Historic Gardens in the republic of ireland .There are waterfalls,lakes,bridges, river,rare trees, herbaceous borders formal Gardens,and the worlds tallest Box Hedge are found in this Demesne.
The largest Telescope in the world for over 70 years was restored about a decade ago are also found here .One would need to spend a whole day to see everything inside these Castle grounds.
If the day turns wet ,you can go inside and view the Science Centre,and travel back in time .you can also view the wonders of early photography,engineering ,astronomy, and botany in the same building.You can get a cup of coffee and a snack in the courtyard on your way out.
If you are interested only in the gardens 9 euro each is a bit pricey .Having said that i would have no hesitation in recommending Birr castle as a good way to spend a day out.
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