Birr is a town in County Offaly
. The town is situated at the meeting of the Camcor and Little Brosna rivers.
On leaving Birr, the combined Camcor and Little Brosna rivers form the River Brosna, which flows into the River Shannon. Once called Parsonstown, after the Parsons family who were local landowners and hereditary, Earls of Rosse. Birr is a designated Irish Heritage Town with a carefully preserved Georgian heritage.
Various accommodations, vacation rentals, condo rentals and apartment rentals are in the Georgian houses. Birr itself has graceful wide streets and elegant buildings.
Many of the houses in John's Place and Oxmantown Mall have exquisite fanlight windows of the Georgian period.
Birr is one of Ireland's best examples of a Georgian Town. It is a virtually intact 18/19th century
town, formal, spacious and well-planned, with Georgian houses along its tree-lined malls and avenues. Many of these are now operated as holiday accommodation and lodging in the form of vacation rental, condo rental and apartment rental options and visitors can enjoy this heritage first hand.
It is also 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. Georgian architecture is accompanied by monuments to earlier Earls, including one to a great astronomer, who built what, at the time, was the world's largest telescope in the grounds of Birr Castle, which is now restored.
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. Visitors staying in accommodations, vacation rentals or apartment rentals can enjoy attractions in (or near) Birr which include: angling, birdwatching, local gardens, golf, horse riding and much more outdoor activities.
Birr Outdoor Education Centre
is located in the edge of Birr Town, on the Birr/Roscrea road. Just 10 minutes drive from the centre the Slieve Bloom Mountains provide a rich field of study for the historian, antiquarian, archaeologist, geologist and botanist. The Slieve Bloom Mountain Environment Park is the base for a variety of outdoor education activities including: rock climbing, orienteering, field studies and hill walking.
Book a stay in any of the accommodation, vacation rental or apartment rental choices in and around Birr, and enjoy stepping back in time.