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As I looked on Birr Castle from outside its exterior fortifications, I was very impressed with its grand scale. Entering a gate in the massive outer wall, I was a little disappointed to discover visitors are not allowed into the Castle Keep, But then, it was the Telescope I had come to see.

View of Birr Castle from the wildflower meadows.
Birr castle has been the home of the Parsons family since 1620 AD with the current resident being William Brendan Parsons, the 7th Earl of Rosse. When you consider how many castles have gone to ruin or had to be turned over to the state, it is nice to see one still in the family.

In two days we would be leaving Ireland. The Previous day my wife had made it clear "no more Castles!" (she really hates those tight, winding stone stairways, which I love so much). Directing her to select our next destination, I was rather surprised she selected, Birr Castle..??.

More pages on Birr Castle and its gardens:
The telescope
The gardens
Ireland's Historic Science Center
Outside Links:
Birr Castle Official website
 

The gardens at Birr Castle date back to the mid 1600's.
People come to Burr Castle to walk the biggest gardens in Ireland, see the 150+ year old restored telescope (largest telescope in existence until the 1900's), and visit the Historic Science Center. (At Birr Castle there are no tight winding stone stairways for the tourist to climb.)

Birr Castle is really about taking a walk in to the life of one of Ireland's historic and inventive families. The Third Earl of Rosse was an inventor and discoverer. Most noted for inventing the steam turbine engine he also designed and constructed a 72" Reflective telescope in the 1840's.


The recently restored Telescope sets in the center of the Castle's meadow.

Learn more about the Birr Castle Telescope

 



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Much of the information on this website was gather during my families July 2004 visit to Ireland
This page last updated August 2008