Things to see & do

There's lots going on

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House tours

See the house as youâ¿¿ve never seen it before

A restoration tour replaces the house tour this year due to our ongoing house project. The house is open daily for tours from 11am to 5pm, last entry 4pm.

Enjoy the house at your leisure with a guide available in each room to tell you more about your surroundings. Don't forget to drop into our new conservation studio and watch an expert at work.

Garden tours

The herms depict the story of Circe

Summer is the perfect time to experience the gardens as our unusual plant collection bursts into life and bright colours are seen throughout the formal gardens.

Garden tours are available every weekend until October at 2pm and 3.15pm and last approximately one hour.


We have something special happening year-round at Mount Stewart, so come along to one of our many events.

There's something to entertain the whole family, including our four-legged friends.

Have a blast with the kids this summer

Track some wild animals in the garden © National trust

Track some wild animals in the garden

Explore the outdoors

Become an outdoor explorer with our 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾, a fun and exciting range of activities made especially for kids.

We'll be choosing three different activities each week over the summer, so come along to our special '50 things station' each Tuesday, Thursday or weekend afternoon where we'll be giving out activity books, stickers and ideas on what you and your little adventurers can get up to at Mount Stewart this summer (weather/staff permitting).

Have a blast with the kids this summer

Create your own orchestra from nature © Michael Hook

Create your own orchestra from nature

Make some music

When you pick up a '50 things' booklet, you'll notice that one of the activities is to make a grass trumpet. What other music do you think can be made from nature? How about a pine cone xylophone, rustling leaves or making a wind chime from branches lying on the ground?

But why should it only be the kids having fun? We've made some summer playlists inspired by the outdoors for Mum and Dad to enjoy while walking round the gardens. Have a listen - Easy-listening, Pop, Indie & RnB, Rock, Golden Oldies.

Have a blast with the kids this summer

Children discovering plant life © Malcolm Jarvis

Children discovering plant life

Drop-off activities

We are running several drop off activities for children aged 5-11. They will be run by our experienced education team. While the kids are having a ball, parents can relax with a cup of tea, walk in the beautiful grounds or visit the restoration project in the house. Normal adult admission to the property applies/members free. Booking is essential and the cost is £6 per child. Parental consent forms must be completed.

To find out more about these activities, visit our Events page and search for 'Bug Detectives' and 'Wildlife Trackers'. Call (028) 4278 8387 to book.

Family fun

One day for an adventure

Tracker packs are also available to borrow from our reception desk, they contain lots of Mount Stewart themed activities and are presented in a small backpack so are easy to transport from one part of the garden to the next.

You can also have a go at one of our other kids activities below:

Whet your appetite

Go traditional with a cup of tea and a scone © John Miller

Go traditional with a cup of tea and a scone

Whether you just want a cuppa and a tray bake or a delicious meal, our restaurant provides everything you could want to satisfy your appetite on an enjoyable day out. We are proud to source our ingredients locally whenever possible.

  • Open daily: 10am - 5pm.

We also have an outdoor kiosk in the courtyard which is open during the summer and sells local Glastry Farm ice-cream.

Read our current menu

Shop til you drop

Treat yourself to the latest fashions © Jonathan Turley

Treat yourself to the latest fashions

With constant new stock flying its way onto the shelves and exciting offers to take advantage of, our shop is the perfect place to buy a treat for yourself or a gift.

We are delighted to be able to announce the launch of National Trust gift cards. Gift cards can be redeemed at our shops, restaurants and admission points. They can also be used toward the cost of membership and holiday cottages.

Find out more about our gift cards

Relax with a good book

Cuddle up with a new book © National Trust

Cuddle up with a new book

Our second hand bookshop is located behind the reception area. Since it first opened it has grown from a few books on a table to a proper venue, with shelves displaying the huge selection of books from many areas of interest.

It's stocked entirely with donated books and run by volunteers.

Stop by and pick up a bargain.

Furnish your own garden

Pick up a new plant © Marleen de Kramer

Pick up a new plant

With spring now well underway it's time to spruce up your own garden with decorative plants and ornaments.

At Mount Stewart you can pick up more unusual species of plants that we grow in our own gardens. They're sure to be a talking point among your family and friends.

The plants for sale are spray-free, and most are grown on the property from our own stock using peat-free compost.

Buying Mount Stewart grown plants helps to support our conservation propagation programme, conserving our collection for future generations.

Ice cream!

Cool down after your walk with some ice cream

When we think of summer, we instantly think of eating delicious ice cream outside in the sunshine.

Visit our kiosk where you can buy a delicious Glastry Farm ice cream, they come in fantastic flavours.

Ice creams and sorbets were very popular in country houses like Mount Stewart, find out how the servants made them many years ago.