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Top Choice Castle in Birr

Birr Castle

It's easy to spend half a day exploring the attractions and gardens of Birr Castle demesne. The castle dates from 1620 and is a private home, but during May to August visitors can visit the main living quarters on t…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Birr

Spinners on Castle St

On Castle St as it hits the bend by the castle wall, this alluring restaurant is part of a complex that spans five restored Georgian houses. The bar is the perfect place to pause with a cheeseboard or burger, while …
Top Choice Cafe in Birr

Brambles Cafe & Deli

A tiny outpost of big flavours, this cafe has mismatched furniture and very tasty food. The soda bread is accented with wild garlic, while the soups change with the seasons. Look for the desserts, which can include …
Castle in Birr

Leap Castle

Leap Castle is reputedly one of the most haunted castles in Europe. Originally an O'Carroll family residence, the castle was the scene of many dreadful deeds and is famous for its eerie apparitions – its most renown…
Irish in Birr

Thatch

A traditional thatched pub, 2km southeast of Birr, this 200-year-old inn is a great place to sip a pint or enjoy a meal. The hearty cuisine is a belt notch or two above the norm, with a kids' menu to match. Besides …
Cafe in Birr

Emma's Cafe & Deli

Generally full of families and shoppers, friendly Emma's serves a whole range of baked goods, sandwiches, salads and cakes. The deli is renowned for its selection of local foods and is an ideal picnic-supplies stop,…
Pub in Birr

Chestnut

The most appealing pub in the centre, the Chestnut dates from 1823 and benefits from a beautiful revamp that combines dark wood with a continental cafe style and cocktails. There's live music at weekends and regular…
Pub in Birr

Craughwell's

Stop for a pint at Craughwell's, renowned for its rollicking trad-music session on the first Friday of the month and impromptu singalong sessions on Saturday. Tourists and locals alike contribute to the bar's cap co…
Art in Birr

Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival

The town celebrates its rich history during this festival, with street parades, theatre, music, exhibitions, workshops, guided walks and a traditional fair.
Cultural Centre in Birr

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

A vibrant place with a regular line-up of art exhibitions, films, theatre and concerts. It's located on gorgeous Oxmantown Mall.