Birr Castle Demesne
A great family day out on tours of Ireland.
The Demesne , pronounced Domain , consists of the lands held by an estate for its own use and occupation , incorporating gardens , farmlands , woods and buildings. The Castle is the home of the Parsons family , Earls of Rosse.
The Demesne evolved from the parkland of oak trees of the 17th century , with continued planting and development down through the centuries to today , including the first Suspension Bridge in Ireland , the Fernery and the Fountain , the Waterfalls and the Secret Winter Garden.
In addition to all of this , the Demesne is also home to the FORMAL GARDENS which include the largest box hedges in the world , IRELAND'S HISTORIC SCIENCE CENTRE and the GREAT TELESCOPE , the largest telescope in the world for over 70 years.
See Birr on any Ireland tours. A real hidden gem..... maybe even a must see attraction !