Birr Castle and Gardens

In July 2021 I visited Birr for the first time. I was delighted to find a midlands town which was bustling, filled with friendly people and had so many areas to visit within 20 minutes drive. If you didn’t feel like driving, you could always stay in Birr and visit Birr Castle and Gardens.

About Birr Castle and Gardens
An ideal spot for a photographic walk

The Castle is a large castle in Birr, County Offaly, Ireland which is still actually occupied. It is currently the home of the 7th Earl of Rosse and his family. During your visit to the castle and gardens you will find the beautiful grounds and gardens as well as an excellent science museum and a café. The reflecting telescope on the grounds was once the largest in the world for about 70 years but you can find a modern radio telescope on the grounds today.

On my visit, which was actually spread over 2 days, I took in all the walks and was delighted to take in all the beauty of the gardens and also see the varied wildlife which were present. Tickets to the gardens are €10 per adult and family and student tickets are also available. I can tell you a visit to the Castle and Gardens is for me a Must See if you are in the midlands. There is a lot more here than I had expected.

Birr Castle Demesne and Gardens in focus

Birr Castle Demesne is very biodiverse with many types of ecosystems, flora and fauna. The gardens cover an amazing 50 hectares with many walks to enjoy. I have included a few photos from my time at the Gardens in this section.

There has been a castle on this site since 1170.

The River Camcor flows through the Demesne


There are two rivers which flow through the Demesne, namely the Camcor and the Little Brosna. These two rivers first meet within the Birr Castle Demesne at the River Walk. 

You can enjoy some more shots from Birr Demesne in the Photo Gallery Below.

Chicks near the River

Ducks and Chicks near the River Camcor

Flowers at Birr Castle

Bee entering flowers in the Gardens

Lotus Flowers at Birr Castle Garden

High Speed Photography of the River

A Waterfall at Birr Castle Gardens