Welcome to Burtown, an Artists' Garden & our Green Barn Cafe and Shop near Athy in Co. Kildare
Burtown House, an early Georgian villa, is surrounded by lush flower, vegetable and woodland gardens with beautiful park and farmland walks.
“It is rare to find one of these houses still in the possession of the descendants of the family that built it. Burtown is one of these treasures, passed down through the generations and still very much a family home”.
The Knight of Glin and James Peill - The Irish Country House.
The gardens at Burtown are unusual in that they were worked by three generations of the family; the late Wendy Walsh, one of Ireland’s finest botanical artists; Wendy’s daughter the painter Lesley Fennell, and her son James, a professional photographer.
The gardens at Burtown are made up of several areas, including large herbaceous borders, shrubberies, a rock garden, a yew walk divided by a pergola, a sundial garden, an old orchard, a more formal stable yard garden, a walled organic vegetable garden and a large woodland garden surrounded on all sides by water.
Usual Opening Times
We are open from February - December. On occasional days we are closed for private functions.
The gardens close at the end of September and reopen on February 3rd as per normal days and hours.
Wednesday 11.am - 5.30pm
Thursday 11.am - 5.30pm
Friday 11.am - 8pm
Saturday 11.am - 8pm
Sunday 11.am - 6.pm
Bank Holiday Mondays 11.am - 6.pm
Become a Friend of Burtown for an annual fee of €75 and visit as often as you like throughout the season and bring 3 guests for free! See here for further details »
View the Gardens
The Green Barn Shop and Restaurant
The Green Barn is open every Wednesday - Sunday including bank holiday Mondays, serving Illy coffee, teas, freshly made homemade cakes and biscuits. We serve lunch each day we are open and dinner on Friday and Saturday. Our menus are based on seasonal local produce, most of which we grow, so we know how good and fresh it is. We like to combine interesting flavours and textures and produce, and are passionate about what we do. We have a selection of seriously good mostly organic wines.
Booking is recommended.
We apologise if you are unable to get a table.
For those of you wishing to have just coffee, tea and cake please come and visit us in the morning before midday or after 3.30pm, as we are unable to serve just coffee, tea and cake during our busy lunch hours. We hope you understand.
Group bookings, Small weddings, Christmas Parties and Private parties are possible all year round. Please email for enquires and sample menus.
At The Green Barn we also stock Antiques, Interior Accessories, Artisan Food Products, Art, Sculpture and much more.
We have a galley with original paintings and prints for sale.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Opening Times 2017
Wednesday 11am - 5.30pm, Lunch 12.30 - 3.30pm
Thursday 11am - 5.30pm, Lunch 12.30 - 3.30pm
Friday 11am - 8.30pm, Lunch 12.30 - 3.30pm, Dinner 6.30 - 8.30pm
Saturday 11am - 8.30pm, Lunch 12.30 - 4.00pm, Dinner 6.30 - 8.30pm
Sunday 11am - 6.pm, Lunch 12.30 - 4.30pm
Bank Holiday Mondays 11am - 6.pm, Lunch 12.30 - 4.30pm
View the The Green Barn
News & Events
This September, Burtown House continues its connection with art of all kinds with an exhibition of 50 pieces of stunning Zimbabwean stone sculpture. On display from 8th September throughout the wonderful gardens of this 300-year old country house in County Kildare, the ‘Birdwoods at Burtown’ exhibition connects New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Ireland – through family association, a multigenerational inheritance of creativity, and a shared entrepreneurial spirit.
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