Spring delights

yellow daffodils are starting to appear at Ardress House

Visit the farmyard and say hello to our friendly chickens.

Step back in time - Past our brand new visitor reception area you’ll find the traditional, cobbled farmyard. Pop into the different outbuildings such as the smithy, byre and threshing barn to get a flavour of old-time rural life. The whole family will love meeting the friendly chickens, goats and donkeys, and there’s also a children’s play area.

Meet Popcorn and Peanut at Ardress

Explore the house - Learn about the Clarke and Ensor families who lived at Ardress from the late 1600s to the mid 20th-century. See how the originally modest farmhouse was enlarged and re-modelled over the years. Some of the furnishings are original while others have made their way back here. Highlights include the drawing room, dining room and a fine collection of paintings on loan from Stuart Hall in County Tyrone.

Lady’s Mile walk - Bring your walking boots and set off on the Lady’s Mile (really three-quarters-of-a-mile, if you’re counting). This circular, woodland path is a real highlight of any visit, especially in spring when it’s full of wildflowers. There are some great views back to the house and look out for Frizzel’s Cottage, an 18th-century mud-walled house that’s currently being refurbished.

Pink and white delight - Ardress sits in the heart of Armagh’s rich apple-growing country. Visit in May to see the orchards burst into vibrant whites and pinks, truly a memorable sight. During Apple Blossom Weekend (5 - 7 May), there will be orchard tours, local ciders and apple produce on sale plus an apple trail for the children. Be sure to come back in October for Apple Press Day, when you can try picking your own apples.

Special thanks to Martin McAlinden for creating this article about Ardress House.