FREE open day for our special places

View of the Giant's Causeway

We’re opening our places in County Fermanagh for FREE on 2 and 3 March and many other places across Northern Ireland on Saturday 9 March.

With spring on its way, our free open days are an opportunity to explore the great outdoors, step back in time at an historic mansion and explore our colourful gardens. It's also an opportunity to learn about the range of volunteer roles we offer across our places.

Help protect our special places

Our free days in Fermanagh on 2 and 3 March, and many other places in Northern Ireland on 9 March, are the chance to get outdoors to breathe in the spring air and take inspiration from the unique stories of our many special places. It’s a perfect opportunity for those that have not been to National Trust sites to discover what Northern Ireland has to offer.

We encourage you, with your friends and family, to join us and discover the amazing work that goes on behind the scenes conserving collections and caring for spectacular landscapes, grand mansions and beautiful gardens.   

Here’s a taster of where to go

There is something for all the family to enjoy at Florence Court, set against a beautiful backdrop of mountains and forests. You can also savour the stately grandeur of Castle Coole with its Lake Walk carpeted in stunning snowdrops. Or escape to the breathtaking Crom Demesne, set in the tranquil landscape of Upper Lough Erne.


The magnificent Mount Stewart House is open free flow 11am to 5pm - come and see some of the 15,000 items in this stunning collection. Get some fresh air and explore the six miles of trails and visit our natural play area. Have a cup of tea or a bite to eat in the tea-room and pop into the shop for some spring themed retail therapy.

Mount Stewart is also looking to recruit some house volunteers - if you are interested in finding out more, please speak to one of the team in the house.

The Central Hall Floor Project is now completed

Also on the shores of Strangford Lough is Castle Ward, with miles of walking and cycling trails and stunning views. Explore the ground floor of the house with a free-flow tour, enjoy children's activities in the barn and find out more about you can get involved at the property as a volunteer.  

Nearby, Rowallane Garden in Saintfield is a captivating natural garden with a dazzling variety of rare trees and shrubs from across the globe. Pick up a copy of our new spring walk and see what you can spot.

North Coast
Follow in the footsteps of giants at the Giant’s Causeway, the UK's Best Heritage Attraction, all free of charge. Take a guided walk with one of our rangers of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, or explore the stones at your own pace with an audio guide, available in 11 different languages. Explore our interactive displays in the visitor centre, meet our staff and volunteers and learn more about the amazing places we look after.  There will also be face painting in the Visitor Centre from 11am to 5pm, also free of charge.

Enjoy a fishery tour at Carrick-a-Rede (admission charge applies to cross the bridge).

At Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House you can meet our staff and volunteers and learn more about the conservation work we do. You'll be able to see see our conservation work in progress around the ruins and the Temple as the stabilisation process is well under way.

Staff will be on hand to give guided tours of Hezlett House, where you can learn about the history of one of the oldest thatched cottages in Ireland.

Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland
The picture shows a couple sitting on the rocks
Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland

Mid Ulster
A tour of The Argory reveals this Neo-classical masterpiece has unchanged since 1900. You can also visit the charming seventeenth century Ardress farmhouse or Springhill House in Moneymore which has a beguiling spirit that captures the heart of every visitor. For a flavour of our Industrial Heritage visit Wellbrook Beetling Mill near Cookstown. 

Explore Northern Ireland's last working water-powered linen beetling mill

Additional information:

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, normal admisson applies

Portstewart Strand– open for walks only.
Derrymore open for walks only – Treaty Room closed.
Patterson’s Spade Mill and Gray’s Printing Press – closed.
Fermanagh places open for free on 2 and 3 March / normal admission to Fermanagh places on 9 March.