Birr Castle:  Another 12th Irish Monument Where the Old Meets the New

Situated in Central Ireland, Birr Castle belongs to County Offaly in the Province of Leinster. Although it is a private castle used by royals, Birr is still signposted and hard to miss in the tiny town of Birr.


Birr Castle.

The journey from Dublin Airport takes just over 90 minutes, and the route takes you along the M4, the M6 and eventually on the N52 until there is a sign pointing to Birr Castle at the end of William Street.    

Things to Know About Birr Castle

This castle, found in the small town of Burr in County Offaly, is one of the few still used as a royal residence.

Owned and lived in by the seventh Earl of Rosse, Birr Castle has an impressive pedigree dating back to the 12th century.

Although the interior is not open to the public, you can tour the gardens, which were famously landscaped by Sir William Parsons in the 18th century.

Spot waterfalls, enormous floral gardens, wrought-iron bridges and a large 19th century telescope while exploring the grounds of Birr Castle.

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