Learning & discovery

Developing creativitiy

Take a step back in time with laundry day at Castle Ward © National Trust /Peter Muhly

Take a step back in time with laundry day at Castle Ward

Our spaces and places offer a unique opportunity to promote active and fascinating hands-on education programmes which link into the Northern Ireland Curriculum. The programmes include The World Around Us, Thinking Skills, PDMU and Citizenship. Using the outdoors as an extension of the classroom we provide experiences in the ‘real’ environment where young people can feast their senses, practise new skills and develop their creativity and love of learning.

Love learning

Learn more about conservation in action at Mount Stewart © National Trust

Learn more about conservation in action at Mount Stewart

We offer Guardianship schemes, school arts partnerships and formal, curriculum-aligned, project-based activities. We also offer a range of high-quality ‘informal and family’ learning opportunities through events such as trail-based activities, summer schemes, informed walks and the provision of enhanced on-site resources such as tracker packs.

North Coast

Discover the wildlife and woodlands at Downhill © Joe Cornish

Our places around the North Coast (Downhill, Portstewart Strand, White Park Bay and Carrick-a-Rede) offer some of the finest field locations in the country.

Key Stage 1 and 2

Key Stage 3 and 4

Florence Court

Florence Court brings places to life for children of all ages © John Millar

Set peacefully amidst sweeping parkland and lush woodland, Florence Court, the 18th-century former home of the Earls of Enniskillen, is perfect for learning.

Foundation and Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

Mount Stewart

Explore the gardens at Mount Stewart © National Trust

Home of the Londonderry family since the 1750s, Mount Stewart is one of the most unusual gardens in National Trust care. Become an eco-explorer or learn more about Victorian life.

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

Giant's Causeway

A fascinating place for learning © NTPL

Northern Ireland’s iconic World Heritage Site is a geological wonder and home to flora and fauna of international importance. Unlock the secrets in the interactive exhibition in the Visitor Centre.

Early Years, Foundation, Key Stage 1, 2, 3 and 4


Mid Ulster

Built in 1824, The Argory offers many things to different people © National Trust / Bernie Brown

The Argory, Springhill and Wellbrook Beetling Mill offer a fascinating range of learning programmes including stepping back in time to World War Two and learning of the importance of the linen industry.

The Argory, Key Stage 1 and 2

Springhill, Key Stage 1 and 2

Wellbrook, Key Stage 1, 2 and 3

Castle Ward

Castle Ward mansion with the lough visable in the background © Peter Muhly

Castle Ward, the intriguing home and demesne of the Ward family, will take you on a journey of discovery. Unlock pupils’ imagination in this beautiful 820 acre demesne set overlooking Strangford Lough.

Foundation and Key Stage 1 and 2