The Irish historical house named Burtown House is one of two 17th century houses in Kildare to never have been sold, and the only house that you can visit, and have guided tours by family members. It is the only original Quaker house in Ireland that can be visited that is still lived in by the family that built it from this period. 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. There is a sculpture park set in wildflower meadows with mown pathways. Shop and plant sales area.
FACILITIES: Car park, toilets, restaurant, artisan food and retail shop and plant sales area. The Green Barn serving scrumptious lunches based on fresh seasonal produce from the organic kitchen garden will open in July 2016. Booking is recommended. Group bookings possible all year round.
HOW TO FIND US: From Dublin / Waterford take exit 3 on M9 motorway and follow signs for Athy. Take the second left turn and Burtown House is on the left, well signposted.
GPS: 52.996672, -6.870744
OPENING TIMES: February – October 11.00am – 8.30pm, Wednesday – Sunday and Bank Holidays. Snowdrop month – February.
ADMISSION: Adults €8, children €4, under 8 free.