Birr Travel Guide

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Birr Things to Do

  • The lovely old canon

    I tried to find out what this building and cannon was for, but to no avail. Maybe one of you out there can assist me.

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  • Birr castle

    Birr Castle is the oldest inhabited home in the county. In the 16th century the O'Carrolls of Ely had one of their castles here and this was granted to Sir Laurence Parsons in the course of the Stuart plantation, c. 1620. Sir Laurence Parsons built most of the structure of the present castle. The castle was twice besieged in the 17th century and...

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  • The rivers

    Birr (Biorra in Irish) is a town in the Midlands county of Offaly in Ireland. Once called Parsonstown, after the Parsons family who were local landowners and hereditary Earls of Rosse, Birr is situated at the meeting of the Camcor and Little Brosna rivers. On leaving Birr, the combined Camcor and Little Brosna rivers, now simply the River Brosna,...

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  • Birr Stone

    Referred to by Geraldus Cambrensisen in the 12th Century as "umbilicus Hiberniae" (The naval of Ireland). Probably part of a megalithic monument located at Seffin, the exact site of which is not known. Reputed by oral tradition to have marked a meeting place of the Fianna. Taken from Birr in 1828 by Thomas Steele to his residence Cullaun Haouse. Co...

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  • William, 3rd Earl of Rosse

    William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse KP (June 17 1800 - October 31 1867) built the world's largest telescope in 1845 and it remained the world's largest for the rest of the century. Using this telescope he saw and cataloged a large number of galaxies.

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  • Birr Castle Demesne

    Most tourists coming to Birr end up visiting this place. While the gothic looking Castle itself is still home to the Earl of Rosse and his family and out of bounds to visitors, the massive park grounds, including sights such as the Leviathon telescope, originally built in 1840's by the Third Earl of Ross and the Science Centre. Surrounding the...

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  • Birr Castle - Telescope

    In the grounds of the castle you'll find the reconstructed Leviathon, the massive telecope originally designed and built by the Third Earl of Rosse in the 1840's. Many of the findings from research carried out using the telescope were published and the telescope became fairly famous internationally. After 1908 and the death of the 4th Earl, the...

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  • Birr Castle

    At the "Birr Castle Demesne", you'll find this beautifull castle. There has been a Norman castle on this site since 1170 and since 1620, the castle and its grounds are in possession of the Parsons family which still owns the castle. Unfortunately it cannot be visited as it’s still their private home. What a pity, it’s such a well preserved and good...

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  • Birr Castle Demesne

    There’s much more to see at Birr Castle Demesne than the Great Telescope and the Science Museum. There’s a huge park, with several walking paths, a lake, a nice garden, and this little waterfall near to a fernery. Unfortunately it was rather rainy that day (I’m still surprised how William Persons, the constructor of the Great Telescope, could do...

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  • Traditional Oirish Pub

    While waiting for the dratted tourist office to open, my father and I decided to gird ourselves with lunch. Having already eaten in Birr (at Dooley's on Emmet Square) my father was keen to try somewhere new and we'd already had a recommendation to try The Thatch, a little way out of Birr in a place called Crinkill.The pub fancies itself as real...

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  • Spinners Bistro

    woollen mill accommodates the lounge area with french doors leading onto a raised decking area allowing guests to enjoy the magnificent Mediterranean style courtyard. In contrast to the lounge the subtle tones of creams and browns within the restaurant, create a comfortable and relaxed dining experience. The individually priced menu provides...

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