Signs of Spring

Daffodils and wild garlic

Come and discover Downhill Demesne as it bursts into life this spring.

Explore Bishop's Gate in search of daffodils, snowdrops, cherry blossoms and bluebells while you listen to the birdsongs and smell the wild garlic. Watch the ducks at the Black Glen and walk along the stunning coastline and through the fields of Downhill in search for spring daisies, busy bees, beautiful butterflies and lovable newborn lambs. If you're lucky, you might even see a buzzard.

Don't miss a chance to watch Downhill Demesne transform from snowdrops and daffodils to bluebells. Snowdrops typically flower between January and March and are already starting to greet us with their presence throughout the Downhill estate. Daffodils arrive fast on the heels of snowdrops and you can only see them for a short time during the year, so don't miss the opportunity to see these signs of spring. In late April and early May, watch as Bishop's Gate woodland and gardens transform dramatically as a carpet of bluebells highligh springtime.

Take the family through the woodland to visit the Bishop's Play Trail and hunt for minibeast such as butterflies, bees and beetles. It has never been a better season to get the family involved in the "50 things to do before your 11¾" project.

Don't miss our upcoming events:

Bulbs and Buds, 16 March, 2-4pm

Join our knowledgeable gardener and explore the beginning of spring on the estate. Get some tips to take home all the while enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Bishop’s Gate. Meet at Bishop’s Gate. Booking Essential. Contact 028 7084 8728

Woodland trail and plant fair, 11 May, 2-4pm

Join our ranger and gardens team on a behind-the-scenes woodland walk around Bishop’s Gate. Explore the Black Glen and carpets of wild garlic while enjoying the wealth of wildlife, history and breathtaking views on offer. Meet at Bishop’s Gate. Booking Essential. Contact 028 7084 872.


Did you know?

When you pay admission to Downhill Demesne you will also be able to visit Hezlett House. An picturesque thatched cottage exterior hides a fascinating early timber frame, making it one of the oldest vernacular domestic buildings in Northern Ireland.