Birr Castle Demesne named in top tourist attractions in Ireland
The team at Birr Castle Demesne took some time out to celebrate being listed as one of Ireland’s top ten visitor attractions for 2022. Birr Castle Demesne was fourth in the visitor attraction section of the Irish Independent Reader Travel Awards 2022. Speaking about the Awards Pól Ó Conghaile, Travel Editor said “As things takes a turn for the better, we’re celebrating not just the lights at the end of the tunnel, but the lights that have helped us through the tunnel — Ireland’s breathtakingly resilient tourism and hospitality industry.”
Grainne O’Malley, Birr Castle Demesne Manager said “It was wonderful to see the efforts of the terrific team, who kept everything going over the past couple of years, being rewarded.
Thanks to everyone who voted for us. It is hugely appreciated. This accolade comes on top of all of the other Awards won by Birr Castle Demesne in recent years including being named in 2021 by the Lonely Planet list as one of the top eight hidden treasures in Ireland for visitors and also being named by Lonely Planet as one of top ten most child- friendly castle estates in the world in 2019.”
On your doorstep, Birr Castle Demesne is one of Ireland’s most intriguing destinations and a must-see for anyone with a passion for photography, botany, wildlife, nature, education, science, engineering, astronomy, and heritage. Beautifully framed within a 120-acre demesne, this 17th-century castle is home for the past 400 years to the Parsons Family, who are celebrated for their remarkable scientific and engineering feats, including the world-famous Great Telescope (1845). A self-guided adventure of endless discoveries includes 10 kilometres of scenic walks, rivers, waterfall, a lake, one of Europe’s finest plant collections, Science Galleries with the world’s oldest intact dark room, the world’s tallest box hedge, forest bathing, trails and Ireland’s tallest treehouse!