Apple Sundays at Ardress House
Autumn at Ardress House is a very special time of the year. The surrounding orchards are ready for harvesting and the lawns are blanketed in lilac crocuses. Marvel at the splendor of the Armagh Bramley in the heart of the orchard county.
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Step back in time
On arrival at Ardress House 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. Younger visitors can dress up and have a go at paddling the butter.
Appley fun for all ages
A very popular activity at this event offers the chance to use a traditional apple press to make fresh apple juice
Unfortunately as from Sunday 20 October there are no more apples to be picked from the orchards beside the house. As in previous years this is always a limited availability activity and with the first two Sundays being so well attended, we can no longer offer this on the day.....but there are still plenty to be pressed into juice in the barn!
Treat yourself to a slice of freshly baked apple tart with fresh cream and enjoy a warming cup of tea or coffee whilst relaxing in the rustic surroundings of the historic threshing barn. There will also be a BBQ to enjoy on 6 and 13 October.
Prepare to be amazed by the varieties of apples on display by local fruit farmer, Dermot Morgan, the man with a fountain of knowledge on the counties favourite fruit.
Try some MacIvors Cider, produced from apples grown at Ardress. MacIvors cider will be on site giving visitors a taster of what they describes as ‘a unique Irish craft cider’. Hear about the history of the orchards surrounding Ardress on an Orchard tour. Visitors will also be able to purchase local honey products and watch local baker Helen Glasgow in action as she makes her special apple pancakes. There is also live music around the courtyard.
The whole family will love meeting the friendly chickens, goats and ponies, and there’s also a children’s play area.
Lady’s Mile walk
The autumn colours are a beautiful sight at Ardess. Take the opportunity to see the golden and russet tones and nature's splendor on the gentle walks around the property such as the Lady’s Mile. This circular, woodland path is a real highlight of any visit, and as you return to the house marvel at the lilac blankets of crocuses covering the lawns. There are some great views en route and look out for Frizzel’s Cottage, an 18th-century mud-walled house, whose refurbishment was completed only last year.
Explore the house
Make sure to book your place on a house tour to hear about the Clarke and Ensor families who lived at Ardress from the late 1600s to the mid 20th-century. Discover how the originally modest farmhouse was enlarged and re-modelled over the years. Highlights include the drawing room, dining room and a fine collection of paintings on loan from Stuart Hall in County Tyrone.
**Wonderful Addition to our Apple Sunday on 20 October from 1-4pm**
Join Mairead Duffy, local artist and volunteer, at work in the apple orchards capturing the beauty of Ardress on canvas. This unique 'Meet the Artist' opportunity is weather permitting.
Apple Sundays will take place every Sunday throughout October, 11am-5pm. Normal Admission. National Trust Members and under 5's Free.