Welcome to Burtown, an Artists' Garden & Gallery Cafe 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.
Opening Times 2016
Snowdrops, aconites and early bulbs: February 13th to February 28th. 11.00am – 4.30pm daily, Cafe open daily serving lunches and other goodies.
The Gardens open April 9th - September 29th, 11.00am – 5.30pm, Wednesday - Sunday and Bank Holidays. We serve delicious lunches based on fresh seasonal produce from our organic kitchen garden Gallery Cafe every day that we are open, 11.00am – 5.30pm, Wednesday - Sunday and Bank Holidays.
The Gallery Cafe will now also serve dinner (last serving 8.30pm) every Friday night until the end of October. Booking is essential.
Become a Friend of Burtown for an annual fee of €50 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 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
Saturday 16th April 2016, 12.00 Noon: - A talk on the stories and histories of some Irish and Heritage Daffodils By Mary O’Brien.
Display of flowering heritage bulbs in pots.
The Gallery Cafe will be serving delicious organic lunches from produce in our garden, and cakes and other goodies.