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Self Catering Holiday Homes in Birr County Offaly

Birr is one of Ireland's premier heritage towns, most famous for its landmark Birr Castle Demesne. Located in the province of Leinster, Birr is a wonderful base for a self-catering holiday in Ireland. Located in the centre of Ireland, close to the border of Tipperary and Galway.

Part of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands this picturesque heritage town has tree-lined avenues of elegant houses dating from the 1800 century. 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.

For a fun evening of entertainment visit Birr Theatre, a vital regional stop-off for all major drama, dance, opera and comedy performances doing the national circuit. By day explore the town by taking the Birr Town Trail or Riverbank Walk, both routes starting at Emmet Square.

Visit Birr Equestrian Centre which offers horse riding lessons and cross-country treks 7 days a week. Another family favourite is Tearaways Pet Farm and Activity Centre outside the town with its variety of animals, go-cart track, playground, football area, sandpits, Barrel train and Sledge run.

Tullamore which is the county town is a 30-minute drive from Birr located half way between Dublin and Galway. Home to Tullamore D.E.W. Whiskey and visitor centre. The old distillery warehouse on the banks of the Grand Canal has an impressive visitor centre. Learn about the history of Tullamore D.E.W and finish the tour with a complimentary glass of whiskey.

Offaly is home to an array of top visitor attractions such as Clonmacnoise Monastic Site, Birr Castle Demesne, Clara Bog Nature Reserve, Lough Boora Discovery Park, Slieve Bloom Mountains and the River Shannon. If you like the idea of setting your own course, then book a tour or hire a boat and explore Lough Derg a 20-minute drive from Birr town. The unspoilt River Shannon meanders through beautiful countryside, past historic towns offering the best in Irish cuisine.

Birr at the heart of Ireland has expanses of bogland, a vast mountain park, wooded valleys with picturesque streams and rivers. The majestic Shannon River defines its western boundary and the gently rolling hills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, a national nature reserve, rise up in the east. Birr is truly one of Ireland’s Hidden Gems and the perfect base for a unique self-catering holiday in Ireland.

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