The Garden Ballintubbert

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About The Garden Ballintubbert

Why not get married in the idyllic setting of Ballintubbert House and Garden? The venue is 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. For the most exclusive boutique wedding weekend, call us for a free consultation and tour.

For those who can afford it, our clients want an exclusive private venue, usually for the entire weekend.

Arriving on Friday evening, the wedding party stays for the weekend in Ballintubbert House itself, a beautiful small Georgian House, accommodating eight people. An intimate dinner for the bridal party is provided at the house on Friday evening. Your guests check into the abundance of local hotels, and start relaxing.

On Saturday morning, the house fills with the sounds of bustle, dressing, make-up artists and florists. The wedding itself can take place on Saturday afternoon at any of three venues:

Immediately adjacent to the garden is the 1780 Church of Ireland
One mile’s drive brings you to the idyllic Ballyadams Catholic Church
For civil ceremonies, the Lutyen’s Garden in Ballintubbert Garden itself is the perfect venue

Following the ceremony, the first reception is by the Canal with canapes and champagne. Photographic opportunities abound in Ballintubbert’s 40 garden rooms.

Towards evening, the main wedding reception takes place in the Big Top on the Theatre Lawn. This comfortably seats 200 people, with two adjacent Himalayan Yurts for bar and smoking areas.

After dinner, our house specialty – the First Dance. This takes place after dark by the Canal. To the sounds of your favourite piece of music, you dance on a special dance floor at the head of the Canal, with all of your friends gathered around, enjoying the theatrical lighting of the Canal by night. At the crescendo of the music, the sky bursts into light with coordinated fireworks, reflected in the Canal water.

After that, the return to the Big Top for music through the night, with full bar. From midnight onwards, courtesy coaches move your guests towards their hotels every 30 minutes – allowing your guests to select their own accommodation from the wide selection in Athy and Portlaoise.

On Sunday morning, those same coaches return to collect your guests and return to the Garden. There, a barbecue feast awaits to complete your occasion. Fully recovered, your guests retrieve their cars from our large free car park and return home.

  • The Garden is yours until late in the evening.
  • For the relaxed sense of wedding festival that Ballintubbert provides, you will find no Irish equal.