Gardens Open

It takes a generous person to open their garden to the public for the enjoyment of others. Here lists about 300 gardens open for visiting, some year-round, others by appointment, and be sure to phone ahead.

Prospect House


Spring, the grass around the house is a mass of snowdrops and naturalised pale blue Anemone apennina. A gravel path leads north east through old granite gate posts to an Edwardian curvilinear greenhouse filled with camellias, jasmine and lilies. Beside it, under the shade of an enormous Irish yew tree is the box parterre which is centred on a rustic summerhouse. Between these allées is a crescent shaped herbaceous border filled with perennials. The east allée leads to a shrubbery laid out by Daphne Shackleton and filled with hydrangeas, while the north allée leads to the fruit and kitchen garden.

Visitors should not miss the courtyard behind the house which has been planted as a formal box and gravel garden with espaliered pear trees against ochre walls. Prospect is a modest garden of some 2 acres, laid out to embellish the old house but also to be productive.

  • Name:Prospect House
  • Address:Sherlockstown, Sallins, Co. Kildare
  • Phone:(086) 867 6662
  • Website: https://
  • Contact:
  • Opening Times:By appointment 086 8676662 / 045 897679. Admission €5.00
  • Memberships:VWG
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes