Birr Castle Formal Gardens

Birr Castle Demense , Birr , Co. Offaly

Birr Castle Formal Gardens
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About Birr Castle Formal Gardens

Birr Castle Formal Gardens is located at Birr Castle Demense in Birr, Co. Offaly.

The formal layout was designed by the present Earl's mother to mark her marriage in 1935, in the form of a monastic cloister with windows looking inward. It wa based on a Bavarian design. The great white seats at either end were designed by Anne, countess of Rosse with the crossed initials of herself and her husband Michael, the 6th Earl of Rosse. The two urns in the centre of the garden are from Bavaria and are 300 years old.

The Box Hedges in the North West area of the garden are over 300 years old. According to the Guinness Book of Records they are the tallest in the world. They would have formed part of a garden layout devised by Sir William Parsons when he established the gardens in the mid 17th century.

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