The picturesque heritage town of Birr is situated on the River Camcor and is one of the best examples in the country of a Georgian town; formal, spacious and well-planned, with many Georgian-style houses remaining along its tree-lined malls and avenues.
Its most famous landmark, Birr Castle Demesne, has been the seat of the Parsons family - the Earls of Rosse - for fourteen generations. Today the Castle Gardens & Science Centre attracts tourists throughout the year, captivated by the stunning formal gardens, the Great Telescope and the grandeur of the castle itself.
The town is also home to the renowned Birr Theatre – an essential regional stop-off for all major drama, dance, opera and comedy performances doing the national circuit.
A great way to explore the town is to take either the Birr Town Trail or Riverbank Walk, with both routes starting from Emmet Square and covering a distance of just over 1km each.
Or, if you’re after a more energetic bout of exercise, why not pay a visit to nearby Birr Equestrian Centre where Noel Cosgrave and his team offer riding lessons and cross-country treks 7 days a week. After which, you might need a sit-down and something to eat in one of the town’s many restaurants, cafes and bistros!