The Gardens at Burtown
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 and a large woodland garden surrounded on all sides by water. This woodland, known as the Nutgrove, hosts a fine collection of candelabra primulas, hostas, ferns and iris, amongst other plants. There are many old roses, peonies and clematis, and a walled organic vegetable garden that has been in continuous production for over 150 years.
A Garden for all Seasons
Map of Burtown Gardens
Illustration by Rosalind Jellet
Isabel Shackleton (married to the present owner’s great grandfather and first cousin to the explorer Ernest Shackleton) is responsible for the original layout, but over the last 20 years it has been greatly enlarged and reclaimed by the present owners, artist Lesley Fennell and her son James Fennell. Many of Wendy Walsh’s rare plants were moved to Burtown over twelve years ago from her home in Lusk, Co. Dublin, and form a good collection of interesting specimens that have been painted by Wendy Walsh throughout her career.
The gardens come to life in February with a spectacular show of winter aconites and snowdrops, followed by many varieties of daffodils, hellebores and trilliums in the spring. May and June are peak months for variety and colour, especially in the planting along the stream. After a strong summer show of irises, roses, peonies, clematis etc. the colour continues with many varieties of crocosmia and phlox into autumn, There are over 12 acres of gardens, park and woodland, and 180 acres of farmland, which will be eventually accessible via farmland walks punctuated with art and sculpture.
The Gardens open from February to September, every Wednesday - Sunday, including Bank Holiday Mondays. The Green Barn however is open right through until January 1st.
Highlights at this time of year are Snowdrops, Aconites, Hellebores and Early Bulbs:
We are open from 11.00am – 5.30pm daily.
Lunch at The Green Barn is served from 12.30am - 3.30pm and 4.30pm on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. Dinner is served every Friday and Saturday from 6.30pm - with last orders at 8.30pm. Booking is recommended.
Spring / Summer
The Gardens are open every Wednesday - Sunday and Bank Holidays through until . On occasions they are closed for private functions, please see the home page for further details.
We recommended booking in advance for a table at The Green Barn, especially at the weekend.
The Green Barn is available for private parties, Christmas parties, small weddings and makes for the perfect party space. Please email us for enquires.
Group bookings for garden groups are possible all year round.
The gardens entrance fee covers access to the flower, woodland and kitchen gardens as well as the sculpture park at the front and back of the main house. Please be aware that areas surrounding the main house are now private and signposted.
The Green Barn is not in the gardens and so there is no entrance fee or obligation to visit the gardens.
- Adults: €8
- Children: €4
- Under under 8: Free
Friends go Free!
Become a Friend of Burtown for an annual fee of €75 and visit as often as you like throughout the season and bring up to three guests for free! See here for further details on our Friends membership scheme »
For some more stunning photos of the following gardens at Burtown, please see the Gallery page here »
- Flower Garden
- Rock Garden
- Yew Walk
- Lower Garden
- Woodland Garden
- Kitchen Garden