Houses and Gardens of Ireland's Ancient East

Cinematic – that's the only word to describe the sweeping estates and blooming, colourful gardens that make up Ireland's Ancient East on Kildare Village's doorstep.

Among the legends and century old tales of Ireland’s Ancient East you will find Kildare Village, home to 100 of the world’s favourite brands offering up to 60% off the recommended retail price.

Kildare Village is perfectly located for exploring the many beautiful houses and gardens dotted around the region. Here are our top recommendations to explore in Ireland’s Ancient East.


Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens, Co. Kildare

Long renowned as Ireland's premier stud farm, the National Stud boasts a legacy that spans the globe. Come in springtime and watch as the foals leap and play in the fields or simply visit to enjoy the tranquillity of the stud. While you are at the Stud, don’t miss the century-old Japanese gardens next door, with falling cherry blossoms and blooming water lilies gliding across mirror-like ponds.

The Irish National Stud belongs to the people of Ireland but prides itself on being enjoyed and appreciated by visitors from all parts of the globe. Nowhere better symbolises all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry, than the stud – a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens to be found anywhere in the world.


Castletown House, Co. Kildare

One of the most extraordinary houses in Ireland, Castletown House is approached along a beautiful tree-lined avenue and sits just outside the pretty little town of Celbridge in County Kildare.

Castletown House and Gardens is Ireland's largest and earliest Palladian-style estate. It was built between 1722 and 1729 for William Connolly, speaker of the Irish House of Commons and the wealthiest commoner in Ireland. Visit Castletown House to explore the beautiful eighteenth-century parklands, with river walks, a temple and the remains of a bathing house.


Burtown House, Co. Kildare

Burtown House is a historic Quaker house in County Kildare and is surrounded by a wealth of farmland walks and beautiful flower gardens. Along with the flower gardens you will find vegetable patches, parklands and woodland walks, Burtown House also boasts a series of secret gardens, ideal for a wander with the whole family.


The K Club, Co. Kildare

The world-renowned K Club is more than just a hotel. It is an elegant nineteenth century Georgian mansion estate, set amid 550 acres of pristine parkland on a mile-long private stretch of the River Liffey. Have lunch or afternoon tea overlooking the beautifully landscaped gardens. Along with their famous golf courses, the K Club offers a number of exciting country pursuits available including kayaking, horse riding, clay-pigeon and air-rifle shooting, falconry, fishing, tennis and much more.