The Heritage Town of Birr in County Offaly is the best-preserved Georgian Heritage Town in Ireland. Famous internationally for Birr Castle and Gardens, Birr is less than 90 minutes drive from Dublin, Galway or Limerick and is the historical centre of Ireland. The County Arms Hotel, conference hotel is at the edge of Birr Town within walking distance of all Birr has to offer. Birr County Offaly has a perfect location in the Midlands of Ireland for your national conference, family reunion or luxury break away. Local attractions include Clonmacnoise, Lough Boora Wetland Reserve, River Shannon and Slieve Bloom mountains, within 15 miles. Within 30 minutes of Tullamore, Portumna, Roscrea, Nenagh, Templemore.

Access to the Heritage Town of Birr is very straightforward. Shannon, Dublin and Galway airports as well as the ferry ports of Rosslare and Dun Laoghaire, are all within a two hour drive of the town. The area is served by the main Limerick train which stops at the regional train station of nearby Roscrea, while the train stations of Tullamore and Athlone are within a half hour drive of Birr. Bus Eireann also offers a regular service into the area.

Distances and Directions from Major Ports/Centres

Belfast 250km

Take A1 south to Newry. Then the N1 south to Dublin and on to M50. Take N7 exit West towards Limerick. Turn off the N7 at Roscrea and take the N62 to Birr. The County Arms Hotel is on the right hand side as you enter the town.

Dublin 130km

From Dublin Airport Take M50 south to where it meets the N7 which will take you South West to Roscrea. From Roscrea N62 to Birr. The County Arms Hotel is on the right hand side as you enter the town.

Rosslare 160km

Take N2 north to Wexford. From there take N11 to Enniscorthy. Take N11 towards Dublin for approximately 3 miles. Turn left onto N80, travelling through Bunclody and on to Carlow, Stradbally and to Portlaoise. From Portlaoise take N7 to Roscrea and N62 to Birr.

Cork 175km

Take N8 north from Cork city through Fermoy, Mitchelstown, Cahir, Cashel to Thurles. From Thurles take N62 north to Roscrea and on to Birr.

Shannon 90km

Take N18 going south to Limerick. From Limerick take N7 through Nenagh and on to Roscrea. From Roscrea take N62 to Birr.

Galway 100km

Take N6 to Athlone. One mile east of Athlone on N6 take N62 south to Birr.
Athlone 45km Take N62 south to Birr.