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Kildare Garden Tour At Barberstown Castle

Barberstown Castle, with its own 20 Acres of Landscaped Gardens is the ideal base from which to enjoy Kildare's Gardens. 

The Steam Museum, Lodge Park and Walled Gardens in Straffan.  Located 1/3 mile from the Castle.

Located just 1/2 mile from the Castle.  The restoration of this eighteenth-century walled garden adjoining Lodge Park, a Palladian house of 1773, started in 1980. The old brick-faced walls look much as they did when it was built, and here fruit, flowers, and vegetables are grown for the house.  The garden has a large collection of rare and unusual plants and is situated beside the Steam Museum featuring a salad parterre, coloured borders, rare and unusual plants.

The Steam museum is the only stationary steam engine museum operating in Ireland.  It features the best collection of contemporary locamotive models in private hands.  OPEN June, July and August from 2pm - 6pm and on Bank Holidays.  Well worth a visit followed by a trip to the Tea House featuring freshly baked cakes.

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Irish National Stud with the Japanese & St. Fiachra Gardens in Kildare Town.

The Japanese Gardens at Tully were created between the years 1906-1910. Devised by Colonel William Hall-Walker (later Lord Wavertree), a wealthy Scotsman of a famous brewery family and laid out by the Japanese Eida and his son Minoru.   In 1999 the Irish National Stud created a commemorative garden to St. Fiachra, Patron Saint of Gardeners, to celebrate the Millennium.  These award winning gardens are a must on a garden lovers’ list.

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Photo courtesy of Irish National Stud


(5KM from Barberstown Castle) is Ireland's largest and earliest Palladian style house. Built between 1722 and 1729 for William Conolly, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons and the wealthiest commoner in Ireland

Using the landscape outside the house, one can explore the wildflower meadow, cross a ha-ha or sunken fence on their way to the garden temple or, time permitting (about 15 mins walk each way from the house) make their way to the river Liffey at the bottom of the meadow.

A Nature Trail booklet including a landscape map, wildflower pictures and descriptions to help you find them along with information on trees and water courses is available at Castletown House.

Coolcarrigan House


Located in Naas, County Kildare and just 15 minutes drive from the Castle.  Coolcarrigan fatures 14 acres of gardens and arboretum with one of the best and most unusual collections of shrubs and trees in Ireland.

Open March to October most days, please phone ahead to +353 86 258 0439 for an appointment.

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Straffan Steam Museum and Walled Gardens:

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