Welcome to County Arms

A Heritage Haven in Ireland’s Heartlands

A warm welcome awaits at Offaly’s four-star County Arms for new and returning guests alike. Our charming 18th century Georgian House Hotel and Grounds in the beautiful heritage town of Birr, combines old world grandeur with contemporary design, so you can enjoy a truly warm and generous classic Irish country hospitality experience.

A Rich History of Hospitality 

Built in 1809 as a private family home and originally named Moorpark House, this beautiful Georgian house first became a place of refuge for weary travellers to Offaly in 1962. Since then, the County Arms has been central to life and leisure in Birr, where the community gather, and visitors rest and refresh.

A new era began in 2019, when the County Arms came into new local ownership. Since then, significant refurbishment has taken place throughout, thoughtfully retaining and restoring the heritage interiors, while upgrading the living quarters to meet the expectations of the modern guest. 

Contemporary Luxury Rooms and Suites 

Offaly’s best four-star hotel now offers a stunning range of contemporary rooms and spacious luxury suites. At the County Arms, our rooms are beautifully designed for your luxury break away, from king-size beds and gorgeous luxury bedding to rainfall showers, Rituals toiletries and super soft towels, robes, and slippers.  Made for relaxation, rooms at the County Arms feature a smart TV, Nespresso coffee machine and locally made treats, with many overlooking our superb gardens and grounds, where the mix of natives and exotics teem with birds, bees, and local wildlife. 

Both double and twin room options are available, along with several fun family rooms, making the County Arms the ideal spot, whatever you are looking for, from relaxing midweek stays and leisurely weekends to adventure breaks, work trips and much more.

Delicious Dining and Drinking

Enjoy generous plates of fresh cooked, local produce and a fantastic wine list at the newly opened Hackett’s Eatery, or simply grab a tasty bite and a quality pint in Bar 62. Treat yourself to an elegant Afternoon Tea served in the Georgian Drawing Room or glam it up with classic favourites and craft cocktail pours in the eclectic Shaker Room. 

Breakfast at the County Arms is unmissable! Choose from a large hot and cold buffet selection, freshly prepared and presented every morning in Hackett’s Eatery, or brought to your room for a special sleep-in treat. Our kitchen team are proud to showcase the wonderful flavours of Ireland, using the very best of local produce, all served up in generous portions to set you up for the day.

At your Leisure.

Whether you fancy luxuriating in the jacuzzi or diving into a cardio session, our beautifully appointed Springs Leisure Club has just what you’re looking for, and is one of the best leisure clubs in Offaly. Bathed in natural light which pours through our glass roof, the newly refurbished Springs boasts a gorgeous 16-metre heated swimming pool, with super soft towels, robes, and slippers at hand in the fresh and spotless changing rooms. 

If relaxation is your vibe, you can unwind in the adults only steam room, sauna, whirlpool and jacuzzi. Or if fitness is your fix, you’ll love our refitted gym, where personal trainers are on hand to guide you through your workout. Selected daily classes in the pool and the gym are provided to County Arms guests with our compliments. 

Feel Well. Feel Beautiful

Feeling good is at the heart of the Springs Wellness Suites, our newly renovated therapy and beauty rooms at the County Arms. Our experienced wellness team have partnered with Voya, the globally acclaimed Irish skincare brand, to offer their revolutionary range of seaweed based facial and body treatments that are natural, organic, cruelty free and sustainable. All designed to nourish and heal, transforming your skin, while soothing mind and body. 

And don’t forget - you can also pop into the beauty bar at the County Arms and show some love to those hardworking hands and feet, or add some sparkle to your peepers with waxes, tints, and lifts.

A Heritage Wedding in Ireland’s Heartlands

A County Arms Wedding is an occasion like no other, a combination of beauty, elegance, and fun, catering for 25 to 350 guests in a variety of spaces. From our beautiful Georgian Suites to our contemporary Moorpark Ballroom, and the new outdoor Pavilion set in our stunning 18th Century Walled Gardens, our dedicated County Arms Wedding Team are ready to bring your dream wedding to life right here in the heart of Ireland.

The Perfect Event Space, no matter the occasion.

At the County Arms, we have hosted myriad events for more than 60 years, from intimate gatherings to ballroom galas and special family occasions to business meetings. Whatever your plans, we have a wide range of adaptable spaces to suit every occasion and a hugely experienced events team.

Birr and beyond

Explore Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands

Birr is an absolute hidden gem, one of Ireland’s most beautiful heritage towns, and a place where you’ll find the warmest of welcomes with plenty to see and do for all tastes and interests. Just a few minutes’ walk from the County Arms, Birr town centre is full of independent shops and boutiques, charming cafes, and old-world Irish pubs, galleries, theatres and libraries, and a vibrant festival and arts scene throughout the year.

As the centre point of Ireland, Birr and the surrounding region is steeped in history and heritage, from castles and sacred sites to ancient manuscripts and Irish folklore. A stay at the County Arms provides a gateway to Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and the historic sites that have shaped our lands.

Nestled in miles and miles of rolling countryside, majestic mountains and meandering rivers, the County Arms is the perfect jumping off point for those who love the outdoor life. Take a cruise along the Shannon, climb Lough Boora, explore Clara bogs, hike, and cycle swathes of unspoilt trails. 

Play a few rounds of golf followed by a few pints in the clubhouse or enjoy the spills and thrills of horseracing close by. Explore ancient Irish forests and trek centuries old trails with equestrian activities a plenty in Offaly. All the fun of the fair, enjoy a great day out at some of Ireland’s oldest agricultural and equestrian shows. Adrenaline adventurers can fly, mountaineer and parachute, just a few miles from the County Arms. 

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