Northern Ireland

Truly breathtaking, from the legendary basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway to the haunting Fermanagh lakeland, Northern Ireland has a wealth of treasures to share.

Awesome autumn adventures

Go hunting for bugs - number 31 © NTPL

Go hunting for bugs - number 31

It's time for outdoor explorers to be out and about and enjoying fun-sized adventures for children of all ages. Making the most of autumn can be as simple as blowing grass trumpets, picking blackberries or catching falling leaves. So why not get a few more of your 50 things ticked off your list and discover thrilling activities for all the family.

Places to visit in Northern Ireland

Summer is a great time of year to visit © NTPL/National Trust / Bernie Brown

Summer is a great time of year to visit

 Where can you scramble over the world’s most amazing landscape of polygonal stone columns, stroll along the lakeside walks of inspirational gardens, catch a glimpse of amazing seabirds and discover fascinating heritage and artefacts? The answer of course is at National Trust places near you.

Outdoors in Northern Ireland

Spectacular walk on the wildside © NTPL/National Trust / Bernie Brown

Spectacular walk on the wildside

 Famed for its outstanding natural beauty, Northern Ireland’s landscape is remarkably diverse. The haunting scenery ranges from the peaceful Fermanagh lakeland and drumlin landscape of Strangford Lough, to the bizarrely shaped basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway and the wild granite peaks of the Mourne Mountains. With many miles of beautiful coastline, huge stretches of countryside and panoramic views, we have a wealth of treasures for all to enjoy.

Giant's Causeway

Northern Ireland's iconic World Heritage Site © NTPL/National Trust / Art Ward

Northern Ireland's iconic World Heritage Site

Northern Ireland’s iconic World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is home to a wealth of local history and legend. Explore the basalt stone columns left by volcanic eruptions 60 million years ago and see if you can spot the distinctive stone formations named the camel, the wishing chair, the granny and the organ.

Castle Ward

Explore miles of walking and cycling trails © NTPL/Adrian Dennis

Explore miles of walking and cycling trails

Castle Ward will take you on a journey of discovery. The 18th-century eccentric house will entice you to explore further and the truly beautiful 820-acre walled demesne, dramatically set overlooking Strangford Lough, will unlock your imagination through family history, leisure pursuits, events and industrial heritage.

Mount Stewart House and Gardens

Enjoy a leisurely stroll in the wonderful gardens © NTPL/National Trust / Peter Muhly

Enjoy a leisurely stroll in the wonderful gardens

Home of the Marquises of Londonderry, Mount Stewart captures the spirit and character of Edith, Lady Londonderry. The garden reflects a rich tapestry of design and great planting artistry that was the hallmark of Lady Londonderry.

See conservation in action in the house with an exciting £7million restoration project underway.

 

Florence Court

Magical days out at Florence Court  © NTPL/National Trust /Jonathan Howe

Magical days out at Florence Court

There is something for all the family at this warm and welcoming 18th-century, former home of the Earls of Enniskillen. The house enjoys a peaceful setting with a dramatic backdrop of mountains and forests. The house is brought to life on fascinating guided tours and there are glorious walks and cycle trails to enjoy.

The Argory

A hero’s home unchanged since the 1900s  © NTPL/Matthew Antrobus

A hero’s home unchanged since the 1900s

Built in the 1820s, this handsome Irish gentry house is surrounded by its 130-hectare wooded riverside estate. The former home of the MacGeough Bond family, a tour of this neo-classical masterpiece reveals stories of its hero, and hidden treasures which remain unchanged since 1900s. Discover garden, woodland and riverside walks with wonderful sweeping views.

Rowallane Garden

Discover an abundance of beautiful blooms and rare species of flowers © NTPL/National Trust / Bernie Brown

Discover an abundance of beautiful blooms and rare species of flowers

An inspirational garden with many unusual features and unique plants from across the world. Seasoned gardeners and beginners alike will marvel at the range of plants found in this beautiful landscape. The mix of formal and informal garden spaces are waiting to be explored.
 

What's on

#lovethecoast

Discover rock pools teeming with life along our shores © John Millar National Trust

Discover rock pools teeming with life along our shores

Enjoy the great outdoors and join us in celebrating our wonderful coastline, marking the 50th anniversary of our Neptune Coastline Campaign. We own and care for over 100 miles (22%) of the Northern Ireland coastline, providing habitats for wildlife and access to beaches, dunes and coastal paths for the serious rambler and those who just want to take a short stroll.  

Help create a sound map of the coast

Dramatic waves crash over the ancient causeway rocks © NTPL/John Millar

Dramatic waves crash over the ancient causeway rocks

We’ve teamed up with the British Library and the National Trust for Scotland to create the UK’s first ever coastal sound map. We’re asking you to record and share your favourite sounds of our shores to help build a crowd-sourced soundscape of the nation’s coastline. It could be the crash of waves on a rocky coastline, the creaking of a boat or sails flapping and birds singing - what's your favourite sound? 

Go wild outdoors

Discover nature’s most important kingdom on a fungi walk © NTPL/National Trust /Bernie Brown

Discover nature’s most important kingdom on a fungi walk

Autumn is here and it's time to get together with friends and family to discover new places, revisit old ones, relax, explore and let off steam in wild countryside, beautiful coastline, magical gardens and houses built to impress. What will you do this weekend?

Enery milestone

The solar PV system at Carrick-a-Rede tea-room © NTPL/Solmatix

The solar PV system at Carrick-a-Rede tea-room

Six years ago we set ourselves the target of generating 50% of our energy demand from renewable energy by 2020. A huge milestone has now been reached with over a million units (1,183,777 kilowatt hours) of renewable energy produced in Northern Ireland last year.

Amazing group days out

Gloriously green and blessed with a mild climate, you'll find a warm welcome, amazing places to visit and outdoor spaces to explore in our beautiful coast and countryside.

Take a break close to home

Enjoy views of Lough Erne from your cottage © Crom / National Trust

Whether you're looking for a romantic weekend for two, a family break or a weekend away from it all, our holiday cottages offer the chance to unwind in idyllic surroundings close to home.

Find a cottage near you

What's on at a place near you

Have a scarily good time this Hallowe’en © National Trust / Paul Canning

Our autumn and winter 'What's on' guide is bursting with exciting events for memorable days out with family and friends. Come along and join the fun at a place near you.

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