The Heritage town of Birr in County Offaly in the centre of Ireland is home to Birr Castle Demesne which was developed by the Parsons family over the last four hundred years. During this period, the Parsons family made unique contributions to astronomy, photography, engineering and botany.
Birr Castle is the oldest inhabited home in the county. A main feature on the grounds of the castle is the great Leviathan of Parsonstown, an astronomical telescope with a 72-inch metal mirror erected by the third Earl of Rosse, which was, until 1917, the largest telescope in the world.
Attractions in (or near) Birr include:
Angling, Birdwatching, Light Entertainment, Gardens, Golf, Horse Riding, Mountain Climbing, Outdoor Pursuits and Touring.
The Birr Scientific and Heritage Foundation
Ireland's Historic Science Centre
Tel: +353 (0)57 9120336
Fax: +353 (0)57 9121583
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