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A sense of belonging; amazing stories; happy visitors; team work; the satisfaction of seeing a job well done: people volunteer with us for all sorts of reasons.

Across Mount Stewart and Strangford, we have several different teams of staff and volunteers working alongside each other with the common purpose of looking after these special places and making sure our visitors have a brilliant time. There are so many ways to get involved.

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Reasons to volunteer

Each object in the house needs to be carefully cleaned

There are many benefits to volunteering with the National Trust, here's our top 5:

  • Knowing you're making a unique contribution to our work
  • Share your skills and learn new ones
  • Make new friends
  • Work alongside experts in their field
  • It looks great on your CV

Join us

With the three year restoration project finally complete, we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who can help us tell the stories of Mount Stewart house with our visitors. You do not have to be an art expert or a historian: we will provide all the training and support that you need. A willingness to learn and to share your enthusiasm with others is what we are looking for!

Email us to find out more information or to register your interest.

Volunteer blogs

Follow our blog

Don't take our word for it!

As well as helping us out in different departments, some of our volunteers keep a blog documenting their work and experiences.

Have a read -

Mount Stewart - House and Project

Mount Stewart - Volunteer's garden diary

Strangford Lough - Mud, Sweat and Volunteers


Horticulture placements for students

Come rain or shine, our volunteers are always happy to help out

Come rain or shine, our volunteers are always happy to help out

Here at Mount Stewart we offer gardening placements to students who are studying horticulture. Last year we welcomed students from the USA, France and Luxembourg who all enjoyed experiencing Northern Ireland as well as learning new skills.

If you are interested in a placement opportunity at Mount Stewart, please contact our Garden Manager, Paul Stewart.

Enjoy members' only social events

Join for only £8 per year and enjoy some great days out © Simon Fraser

The North Down & Ards Association is a vibrant and welcoming group for National Trust members, organising a wide range of year-round activities which make National Trust membership even more enjoyable…