Gardens & Parks open to the public in Offaly.
Birr Castle Demesne welcome you to our Demesne of Discovery, which offers something for everyone to enjoy and is especially interesting and educational for families. Starting with Ireland’s Historic Science Centre in the old stable block, with its café and shop you can then explore 50 hectares of park land, visit the magnificent Formal Gardens and terraces and discover Birr’s world famous engineering and astronomical wonder - the Great Telescope. We look forward to welcoming you on a voyage of Discovery.
Ballindoolin is a small to medium size demesne of 130 acres of parkland and 120 acres of fine broad-leafed woodland, and is situated approximately 5 miles north of Edenderry in the county of Offaly. The River Boyne rises nearby and the name of the town land originates from the Irish Baile Duib Linn, which means the town of the black pool. The house is a substantial house that was built in 1822 by the Humphrey Bor, who was born in nearby Carrick House, which has now disappeared. The Bor family first came to Ireland from Holland in 1620. They left Ballindoolin House in the 1890's when they got into financial difficulties. The house was then occupied by their land agent, William Tyrrell, whose relatives live in Ballindoolin to the present day. The Tyrrell Family formerly lived in nearby Grange Castle for many hundreds of years.