Burtown House and Gardens, Ballytore (exit 3 off M9), Athy Co Kildare, R14 AE67

Welcome to Burtown House and Gardens, a historic estate offering a unique blend of heritage and natural beauty

Burtown House and Gardens, nestled near the village of Ballytore, boast a rich tapestry of botanical wonders. Explore various areas including herbaceous borders, a yew walk, and an organic vegetable garden dating back 150 years.

Burtown House and Gardens are made up of several areas including large herbaceous borders, shrubberies, a rock garden, a yew walk with dividing pergola, an old orchard, a more formal stable yard garden and a large woodland surrounded on all sides by water.  

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A Storied Past


Once the centre of a 2,000-acre estate and built for the Quaker Robert Power about 1710, Burtown is close to the village of Ballytore, one of Ireland’s most prominent Quaker strongholds. Isabel Shackleton (married to the present owner’s great grandfather and first cousin to the explorer Ernest Shackleton) is responsible for some of the original layout, but over the last 20 years it has been greatly enlarged and reclaimed by the present owner, artist Lesley Fennell.

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Botanical Diversity


Discover an array of flora, from old roses and peonies to candelabra primulas and ferns. Wander through the expansive woodland, surrounded by water, and admire the collection of hostas, iris, and more. There is also a walled organic vegetable garden that has been in continuous production for 150 years. 

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Culinary and Other Delights


The on-site award-winning Geen Barn Restaurant is available for brunch and lunch every Wednesday – Sunday, and for dinner every Friday and Saturday evening, pre-booking is essential. Jo’s Pantry an artisan food shop and coffee shop is also available and is suitable for more casual dining.

The Green Barn Restaurant has a heated garden tent available for group bookings, as well as a number of other semi-private indoor and outdoor spaces. Using produce almost always that has been grown on their organic farm and kitchen gardens, seasonal produce plays the staring role on their menus

Explore the on-site gallery, bookshop, and interior decor shop, reflecting the artistic spirit of Burtown House.

Accomodation

Stable Yard


Consider a stay in the beautiful Stable Yard accommodation which blends the rustic charm of a historic stable with modern conveniences. Whether you’re seeking a unique gardening break, a romantic escape, a family getaway, or a solo adventure, the Stable Yard promises an idyllic setting for your stay.

In 2024, Burtown House and Gardens will expand into a 140-acre nature reserve, offering visitors the opportunity to explore scenic walkways amidst fields of wildflowers and parkland. Embrace the beauty of nature in this idyllic oasis of serenity.

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Frequently Asked Questions


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Opening Times


February – December 10 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. daily Wednesday to Sundays and Bank Holidays. Guided tours for groups also available by prior appointment.

ADMISSION:

Adults €8

Under 12’s €5

Seniors €5

Luncheon guests €5

Under 5 free

DIRECTIONS:

Exit M9 at junction 3, follow signs for Athy. Take the second left turn signposted “Irish Town”. Burtown House is the first entrance on the left.

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