Birr Castle makes list of the top hidden treasures in Ireland

Monday, July 19, 2021.
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Birr Castle Demesne makes Lonely Planet list of the top eight hidden treasures in Ireland for visitors

Birr Castle Demesne is honoured to have made it onto the Lonely Planet list of the top eight hidden treasures in Ireland for visitors. This is not the first time Birr has made it onto a Lonely Planet list, being named as one of top ten most
child- friendly castle estates in the world in 2019.

Birr Castle Demesne is all about the outdoors this summer and is one of the hidden treasures in Ireland, described by Tom Hall of The Lonely Planet as places where “travellers can escape the mundane of lockdown once measures have been lifted and reignite the sense of wonder and discovery.

Grainne O’Malley, General Manager says We are delighted, but not surprised, to have made this list. Anyone who knows Birr Castle Demesne, including the Parsons family who have had the honour of living here for over 400 years, our wonderful local members, and visitors from all over the world are blown away by what Birr has to offer to all generations, from family trails to world class gardens, to our science centre and our beautiful castle.”

Birr Castle Demesne

“New this year and suitable for all generations are the 2km hour long Solar Trail, which explores our galaxy, perfect for all interested in the skies above and the 5km Red Tree Trail (65 trees of distinction) which can be enjoyed over multiple visits if needed. For younger visitors the popular Quest, a fun trail for the young, explores a variety of interesting sites within the demesne from the Great Telescope to the Icehouse.  Also new this year is the opportunity for the Japanese spiritual practise of shinrin-yoku or Forest Bathing. Special areas of Birr Demesne have been reserved for this practice renowned for boosting our immune systems.”

There is lovely café take out available from Woodfield in the Courtyard and bathroom facilities available onsite.

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Birr Castle Demesne is on the list compiled by Sony Mobile in association with travel experts, Lonely Planet, which also includes Mizen Head Cliffs, Co. Cork, Lackan Strand, Co Mayo, Sky Garden, Russagh, Co. Cork, Garnish Island, Bantry Bay, Co Cork, Slieve Bloom Mountains, Co Laois, (perfect to visit on the same day you are visiting Birr), Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) Cliffs, Co Donegal and Cobh, Co. Cork for 2021 travel inspiration.

Birr Castle Demesne has successfully completed the Failte Ireland Covid-19 Safety charter, the Science Centre is now open and it is hoped to run guided Castle Tours as soon as it is safe to do so.

Visitors are invited to check out all updates on the web. See

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