The Parsons family at Birr Castle have been keen gardeners and plantsmen for generations. The gardens, begun in the 1700s, feature hundreds of plants collected on expeditions around the world and are a field station for the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh.
Birr also boasts the world’s tallest box hedge, numerous trees of distinction, and notable collections of Magnolias and old roses, plus a fernery, formal garden and wildflower meadows. The footbridge across the river is Europe’s oldest wire-suspension bridge (from the 1820s). See also: the Great Telescope. Museum, visitor centre.
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