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.
Opening Times 2015
Snowdrops, aconites and early bulbs: February 14th to March 1st.
10.00am – 4.00pm daily, Cafe open daily serving lunches and
Spring / Summer
Gardens open April 11th - September 29th, 11.00am – 5.30pm, Thursday - Sunday and bank holidays. We serve delicious lunches in the Gallery Cafe every day that we are open, 10.00am – 5.30pm,
Thursday - Sunday and bank holidays.
Become a Friend of Burtown for an annual fee
of €50 and visit as often as you like throughout the season for free! See
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View the Gardens
The Gallery Cafe & Shop
The Gallery Cafe is open every Thursday
- Sunday serving coffee, tea, homemade cakes and biscuits. We serve
scrumptious lunches based on fresh seasonal produce from our organic
kitchen garden. Booking is recommended. Group bookings for garden groups
are possible all year round.
View the Gallery Cafe & Shop
South Kildare Heritage Trail - Explorer's Way
Explorer's Way is a heritage trail across South County Kildare that
links a host of hidden gems, including an early Georgian Villa and
Gardens (Burtown), a Quaker Village (Ballitore), an Ernest Shackleton
showcase and so much more.
News & Events
Assumpta Broomfield will be giving a Walk and Talk around the garden on February 22nd at 12 noon.
Assumpta is a leading snowdrop expert, with particular knowledge of Irish Snowdrops, many of which are in the garden at Burtown. She will tell their histories and stories.
There are many other early bulbs, including wonderful displays of aconites.
The Gallery Cafe and current exhibition will be open every day serving delicious lunches based on our fresh organic seasonal produce from our walled kitchen garden.
Daffodil Weekends are also scheduled for April 10th-12th and April 17th-19th.
January 2014 - more
The gardens at Burtown will reopen this February 8th - February 22nd
from 10.00am-4pm daily. The gardens will then reopen for the season
on April 12th 2014.
The gardens and woodland are full of old varieties of snowdrops in
natural plantings, with large swathes of aconites, hellebores, cyclamen,
and early bulbs.
The Gallery Cafe will be open every day serving hearty organic lunches
from our kitchen garden, as well as fresh homemade cakes, coffee, tea,
and other goodies.
The Gallery Exhibition will be "February Flowers”- an exhibition
of paintings by different botanical and garden artists, including resident
artists Wendy Walsh and Lesley Fennell. As well as paintings, there
will be sculpture, by Eileen MacDonagh and Catherine Greene, and photographs,
to look at. Our Gallery Shop will also be open.
There will be free garden tours led by Lesley Fennell at 12.00am on
Saturday 8th, 15th and 22nd of February. We look forward to welcoming
We have an action packed series of events scheduled
for 2014 which
we will be keeping updated on the new events page
September 2013 - more
Culture Night / Weekend at Burtown.
On Saturday 21st September at 12.00pm
there will be a free tour of the gardens. At 3.00pm Eileen MacDonagh
will give a walk and talk about her stone sculpture which is set in
the meadow walks.
Sunday 22nd September at 12.00 pm there will be a free tour of the
gardens. At 3.00pm Eileen MacDonagh will give a walk and talk about
her stone sculpture which is set in the meadow walks and at 4.00pm
Turtle Bunbury co-author of the Vanishing Ireland series of books will
give a walk and talk through the Vanishing Ireland exhibition. All
walks and tours are free events but warrant the normal entrance fee
We will be closing the gardens for the season this September
30th, but will reopen with great excitement on February 8th 2014 when
Spring will surely be in full action. The gardens and gallery cafe
will be open every day until February 24th.
July 2013 - more
Carlow Garden Festival: Saturday 27th July -
Monday 5th August.
Sunday July 28th -
Visit the gardens at Burtown in the company of Seamus O'Brien curator
of Kilmacurragh Botanical Gardens. This informative walk and talk
will focus on plant identification, cultivation, pests / diseases
and the use of plants in garden design. The walk starts at 12.00pm
and entrance costs €10.00
For the duration of the Carlow Garden festival we are inviting artists
to come and set up their easels and paint in the gardens of Burtown.
Lesley Fennell who is a renowned artist in her own right will be walking
the gardens to offer advice on technique and use of colour. Lesley
is an experienced art teacher and very accomplished portrait, still
life and landscape painter.
Sculpture in the Meadow Walks
Stroll through the long meadow grasses and wild flowers and view large
stone sculptures by Eileen Mac Donagh, Catherine Greene,
Sasha Sykes of Farm 21 and Shane Jackson.
We are now serving yummy healthy organic lunches every Thursday through
Sunday as well as bank holiday Mondays. Download
the latest menu (as a pdf) here.
March 2013 - more
The gardens at Burtown and the Gallery Cafe will be open for St Patricks weekend, serving delicious lunches every day. We will open from 10 am - 5pm Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, March 16th-18th.
February 2013 - more
Our gardens open this February 9th - February 24th for Snowdrops, Aconites
and many varieties of early bulbs. Due to the mild weather during Christmas -
we already have a great display of colour and many Hellebores are already out.
Soon it will be a sea of yellow, white, purple and green, and we look forward
to welcoming you all !
We are also launching an exhibition of 32 large photographs from the acclaimed
Vanishing Ireland series of books. This will be on view in the Gallery Cafe
which is open every day serving hearty lunches, soups, homemade cakes and
biscuits, with Italian coffee and tea.
There is much to see - come and visit and avail of our 'Friend
membership which lets you visit throughout the year and bring up to three
friends for free.
October 2012 - more
In great excitement for 2013 we have just finished our new hanging
in the Gallery Cafe. Over thirty large photographs from the acclaimed
Vanishing Ireland books are now on display in the Gallery Cafe and
we await in great anticipation for the arrival of our snowdrops and
large collection of aconites and early bulbs. On February 9th we will
open the gardens and Gallery Cafe serving hearty lunches for our garden
visitors - every day until February 24th.
We would like to remind all that we have now introduced our new Friends
of Burtown Scheme - it
makes for a great Christmas present!
We look forward to welcoming you all in 2013!
September 2012 - more
The gardens and Gallery Cafe serving delicious lunches are open
until Sunday October 14th. This is your last chance to see the exhibition
of 70 paintings of Wendy Walsh, as next year we will be hosting a Vanishing
Ireland exhibition. However plans are in the pipe line to build a permanent
exhibition space to house Wendy's work.
This September 21st - Culture night - we will be opening our Gardens
and Gallery for free throughout the day. All are welcome to come visit
and enjoy the gardens and a tour of the garden by Anna Baggally, sister
to Lesley Fennell and youngest daughter of Wendy Walsh, which will
happen at 3.00pm followed by a talk about Wendy's exhibition.
If you have not visited this summer and seen Wendy's exhibition and
our garden we urge you to visit before October 15th.
August 2012 - more
The first of our new sculptures in the meadow walks arrived in June
- Eileen MacDonagh's five large stone sculptures look amazing in the
long grasses of the meadow walks. We also have sculpture by Sasha Sykes
of Farm 21, Catherine Greene and David King. We plan to develop our
Sculpture walks into Ireland's first permanent Sculpture Park. The
remaining 180 acres are slowly being taken over and put to a nature
reserve with mown pathways and sculpture.
We also featured on RTE's Nationwide on the 1st of the month, which
provided a great boost to our summer garden visitors. View
the episode here.
July 2012 - more
Sunday 29th July Helen Dillon gave a walk and talk in the luscious
gardens of Burtown. We had quite a turnout despite the weather and
Jo will be served delicious lunches in the Gallery Cafe. Based on fresh
seasonal produce from the kitchen garden, lunch is served every Saturday
and Sunday and has been going down very well - we recommend a visit
- however booking is essential!
In the gallery at Burtown, the exhibition of paintings by Ireland's
foremost botanical artist, Wendy Walsh, continues and will do so until
we close the gardens at the end of September or early October - depending
on the arrival of summer!
April 2012 - more
The gardens at Burtown opened in February 2012 for 2
and a half weeks, starting with displays of aconites, snowdrops, hellebores,
trilliums and other early bulbs, followed by a good daffodil collection
in March & April.
From May our gallery at Burtown will have an exhibition of paintings
by Ireland's for most botanical artist Wendy Walsh.