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The Garden Ballintubbert

Ballintubbert, Stradbally, Ireland
+353 85 850 5876
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My wife and I went to visit the garden on the one day a week it is open and really enjoyed the... read more

Reviewed 8 June 2017
Gorgeous but not open to public anymore

Had researched this place on Facebook, which stated it was open from 10am-7pm daily. Stating "open... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2016
Lynnie W
via mobile
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Ballintubbert Arts and Crafts Garden has just opened to the public for the first time, after ten years in the making. It is one of the largest public gardens in the country, nestled in a beautiful valley between the village of Stradbally, Co. Laois and the town of Athy, Co. Kildare, and just 50 minutes from Dublin by motorway via the M50 at the Red Cow. Take a day off and relax completely in this little pocket of Irish countryside.When you visit, we will urge you to relax completely, and savour what lies ahead. During the few hours you spend with us we will attempt to delight you, provoke you, frustrate you and enchant you. This is an experience of the senses – your sight, your hearing, your sense of smell, touch and even taste.Ballintubbert is a garden, a work of art, in the making. The historic garden is with us since 1850, and it has been expanded over the last ten years. It is not fully made yet, nor can it be. Nature will take her own sweet time. While the mind of man can attempt to impose artifice, ground will only settle to horticulture when it is ready, and plants take years to become sturdy and strong.The great joy of seeing a garden in the making, however, is that you see the process of the making of art in dynamic form. The greatest gardens in the world – Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, Hidcote Park, Giverny amongst so many others – took years to make. Today, they are a testament to the imagination and mad dreams of their makers. But those makers have passed now to the potting shed in the sky, and can no longer describe the way in which such art came to be. This is what makes Ballintubbert different – it is young, it is alive, aware of its shortcomings and of its triumphs, endlessly embracing change.
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8 Jun 2017
“Garden Visit”
28 Aug 2016
“Gorgeous but not open to public anymore”
Ballintubbert, Stradbally, Ireland
+353 85 850 5876
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Reviewed 8 June 2017

My wife and I went to visit the garden on the one day a week it is open and really enjoyed the garden. It is arranged in '' rooms'' radiating out from the house giving a sense that its a larger space than in reality....More

Thank pat1187
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Had researched this place on Facebook, which stated it was open from 10am-7pm daily. Stating "open today" on the page. We tried to call in advance to ensure it was open but it rang out. We decided to go down as the page said that...More

Thank Lynnie W
Reviewed 2 July 2012

If you love nature, you will have a great day out here. The grounds are beyond wonderful and the people that work there...awesome! We met with Andrew and Allison while we were there, very helpfull, great knowledge on the place and just wonderful folks. You...More

1  Thank smithhouse_ireland
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