News from Northern Ireland

Read the latest news from National Trust places across Northern Ireland

Wildfire impact on Mourne Mountains

Media Statement: Devastating impact of Mourne Mountain fire 

We are devastated to see the impact the fire has had on the fragile habitat of upper Slieve Donard. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has been completely destroyed and will take years to recover. The heather landscape, which is a designated Special Area of Conservation, once alive with flora, fauna and diverse wildlife is now charred earth and ash.

The Garden at The Argory

The Argory reopens its doors with new safety measures in place 

The Argory reopens with a refreshed self-guided tour and a new easy flow one-way system for social distancing.

wildflower meadow filled with white oxeyed daisies. A lady sits in field looking at flowers. Belfast city can be seen in the background

Local meadows burst into colour as wildflowers bloom 

Discover how we are turning intensively farmed fields into meadows bursting with colour and buzzing with wildlife.

Mid March Dexter Cattle move in, the traditional Irish breed have been choosen to graze Portnaboe Bay

A giant move: Grazing returned to world-famous causeway to boost struggling wildlife

Grazing livestock have returned to ‘The Bay of Cows’, an inlet on the world-renowned Giant’s Causeway, and here's why..

Prince Edward meets National Trust volunteers

Prince Edward meets green-fingered volunteers at Florence Court 

We opened the doors of Florence Court in County Fermanagh to welcome the Earl of Wessex for a tour of the mansion and gardens.

Neds meadow Minnowburn is a wildflower field

Go wild for nature this summer  

Come and meet us at The Balmoral Show from 15-18 May and pick up your packet of wildflower seeds...

Home Ground Live at Mount Stewart

BBC's Home Ground to broadcast live from Mount Stewart

Come along on 6,8 and 10 May for exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Home Ground Live at Mount Stewart featuring a host of great stories from the estate and the wider Strangford Lough

Florence Court Kitchen Garden

Florence Court celebrates National Lottery grant for historic Kitchen Garden 

Find out how National Lottery players are helping to restore Florence Court's horticultural hub...

Members of the project team put on the last capping stone to mark the completion of the Mourne Wall Restoration Project

100-year old Mourne wall gets a face lift 

We were delighted to play our part in the recent restoration of a true County Down landmark: the 100-year-old Mourne Wall.

Springhill house near moneymore

Springhill stars in new Death and Nightingales drama

Springhill in Moneymore welcomes Hollywood stars, including Jamie Dornan, during filming of new drama 'Death and Nightingales'

Emmeline  Pankhurst's  arrest  at  Buckingham

Mount Stewart announces partnership exhibition with National Portrait Gallery

Works featured will also include items from the Imperial War Museum, Mount Stewart’s own collection, the Ulster Museum and the Londonderry Collection.

Cattle grazing at Kearney

Take part in our partnership e-action for #FutureFarmingNI 

We want a future that is good for nature and good for farmers, Here's how you can help...

garden in Dungannon

Ulster Gardens Scheme announce open gardens for 2018 

The Ulster Gardens Scheme announces a spectacular array of private gardens opening for public viewing in summer 2018.

National Trust brings pollinator message to Balmoral Show

Help us 'bee aware' at The Balmoral Show 

We are bringing our ‘Bee Aware’ message to the Balmoral Show this year. Find out how you can help save our pollinators...

Gardeners Question Time

BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time Summer Garden Party returns to Mount Stewart

BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time Summer Garden Party returns to Mount Stewart on Saturday 8 June

Filiming locations for The Woman in White included Murlough Nature Reserve

Local National Trust places star in The Woman in White  

BBC drama The Woman in White features stunning scenery and majestic mansions and was filmed at a number of our places in Northern Ireland…

Edith, Lady Londonderry

Shining a light on women’s histories in 2018 

Celebrating the history of the women behind our special places in Northern Ireland

Murlough National Nature Reserve

Shifting Shores Wave 2 conference 

Key decision makers, opinion formers and local community representatives gathered at our ‘Shifting Shores, Wave 2’ seminar in Titanic Belfast where key recommendations for the management of coastal change were presented

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Rowallane Garden gets its roar back

Have you seen, Rowallane Garden is getting two new lions!

Giant's Causeway celebrates one million visitors in 2017

Giant's Causeway celebrates one million visitors in 2017

The iconic attraction on the Causeway Coast has seen its visitor numbers increase by 33% since 2013.

Enjoy free entrance to the Giant's Causeway visitor centre with a National Lottery ticket on 13 December

National Trust NI says special thank you to National Lottery players 

See what places in Northern Ireland you can visit for free from 23 to 29 November with a National Lottery ticket or scratch card.

New Norman motte dating back 800 years is revealed at Mount Stewart

800-year-old Norman motte uncovered at Mount Stewart

Rangers and volunteers spent over 150 hours clearing overgrown shrubbery and invasive trees that threatened the historic monument

Florence Court Walled Garden Project Fund

Florence Court Walled Garden win National Lottery Support

Florence Court Walled Garden receives funding to complete the restoration of this historic Kitchen Garden to its 1930s layout.

Mount Stewart Conversations Festival programme launch

Programme revealed for Mount Stewart Conversations Festival

Details of the programme for Mount Stewart Conversations Festival 2017 have been released and it promises to be an unmissable weekend of arts and culture...

Important information on BBC Proms in the Park at Castle Coole

Proms in the Park at Castle Coole - public access information

Important public information on restricted access to Castle Coole as we prepare to host Proms in the Park on 9 September...

The One Show will broadcast live from the Giant's Causeway on Friday 11 August

BBC's The One Show visits the Giant's Causeway

BBC's The One Show presenters Alex Jones and Matt Baker will complete their road trip of the Causeway Coast on Friday 11 August when they will broadcast live from the Giant's Causeway.

Harrison Vyse, volunteer ranger at Castle Ward

Harrison Vyse: My time as a volunteer ranger 

Having swapped the classroom for the countryside and books for boots, Harrison Vyse takes time to reflect on his year’s placement as a Volunteer Ranger with the team at Castle Ward.

Ticket Applications Open for BBC Radio 3 Concert Recitals in Castle Coole, County Fermanagh

Ticket applications open for BBC Proms in the Park at Castle Coole

Ticket applications open today (Monday 19 June) for this year’s BBC Proms in the Park, which will be live from the grounds of Castle Coole in County Fermanagh on Saturday 9 September.

Mount Stewart Conversations festival returns on the 14 and 15 October

Mount Stewart Conversations 2017 launches

We are excited to announce the return of Mount Stewart Conversations, a unique festival celebrating the arts, literature, music and conversations on the 14 and 15 October 2017.

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The Big Dig at Divis and the Black Mountain

Together with The Belfast Hills Partnership we are tooling up for this year’s Big Dig on Divis and the Black Mountain in June...

 Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge has been closed due to vandalism

Vandalism closes Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

To ensure the safety of visitors and staff the bridge has been closed until further notice while necessary repairs and structural assessments are carried out.

BBC Proms comes to Castle Coole

Castle Coole to host BBC Proms in the Park

We're delighted to announce that BBC Proms in the Park 2017 will be live from Castle Coole in County Fermanagh on Saturday 9 September

Ulster Gardens Scheme announce open gardens schedule for 2017

Ulster Gardens Scheme announce open gardens schedule for 2017  

This spring/summer, get inspiration for your own garden by visiting the Ulster Gardens Scheme’s fabulous array of open gardens.

The award winning restoration project at Mount Stewart cost £8 million

Mount Stewart to feature in C4's Restoration of the Year series 

Mount Stewart, Co. Down is amongst a number of Northern Irish Mount Stewart features in the second episode of Channel 4 series ‘Great British Buildings: Restoration of the Year’ on Thursday 30 March 2017 at 8pm.

The sleeping dragon at Mount Stewart's new natural play area

Create your own adventure at Mount Stewart this World Book Day

Get ready to create your won adventures at Mount Stewart's new 'Magic Inkpot' themed natural play area

Benbane Head along the Causeway Coast Way, voted Northern Ireland’s ‘Most Epic View’.

Causeway view voted 'Most Epic' in Northern Ireland

Benbane Head, part of the Causeway Coast Way, has been voted Northern Ireland’s Most Epic View.

Castle Ward puts NI on the map at major Dutch Tourism Show

Castle Ward 'goes Dutch'

Castle Ward puts NI on the map at major Dutch Tourism Show

Rachel Garrett is named NI Intern of the Year

NI’s Rachael Garrett named Intern of the Year  

Preventative Conservation intern Rachael outshines the rest to be named Northern Ireland's top intern

National Trust's sleeping giant campaign wins two national awards

Giant results at prestigious social media awards

The Giant’s Causeway Sleeping Giant campaign scoops two national awards

Work continues to restore the central hall at Mount Stewart

Mount Stewart project wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

An exciting project focused on developing local skills and conservation techniques receives vital funding

Picture shows the Giants Causeway Visitor Centre and coast beyond

Built with sustainability at the forefront of design

This European Heritage Open Day, learn more about the award-winning Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre

Kearney village is the setting for the village of Moybeg in My Mother and Other Strangers

Kearney Village stars in new BBC drama  

The scenic village of Kearney in County Down makes its TV debut in a new historical drama taking the prime-time slot on BBC One this Sunday

National Trust staff and guests at the launch of Made in Northern Ireland craft booklet

Giant boost for Northern Ireland crafters

The work of conservation charity National Trust to promote local craftspeople has been applauded by the Head of Craft NI.

Fun in the leaf pod

Leaf pod party at Belfast City Hall  

Autumnal fun and a taste of the outdoors at Belfast City Hall

North Coast Goes Down Under

North coast goes down under 

Read about our latest collaboration with Tourism Ireland that will take the north coast to Australia and New Zealand

Portstewart volunteers win coast care award

Portstewart Strand volunteers named best Coast Care Group  

The volunteers at Portstewart Strand were presented with their prestigious Live Here Love Here Coca-Cola Coast Care award at Stormont

Restoring the floors at Mount Stewart

Top conservation award goes to Mount Stewart 

An £8m restoration project at Mount Stewart scoops top award

Remember a charity

National Trust NI supports Remember a Charity Week 

By gifting an amount to the National Trust in your will, however small, you help us protect our special places for generations to come

National Trust Great British Beach Clean

Join us for the big beach clean 

Help keep our coastline and beaches clean for ever, for everyone by joining us for the big beach clean.

Portstewart Strand

Portstewart Strand named the Best Blue Flag Beach in the UK

Portstewart Strand outshines the competition to be named the UK’s Best Blue Flag Beach.

The Central Hall at Mount Stewart

Mount Stewart reveals final line-up for Festival of Conversations

A stellar line-up of famous faces has been confirmed for the inaugural Mount Stewart Conversations Festival weekend on 17 and 18 September.

Visitors talking to Mount Stewart Ranger

Guide to the best Northern Ireland walks  

To mark the imminent changing of the seasons, we've created 'The Little Book of Great Walks' with 18 rambles of varying difficulty, length and terrain at special places throughout Northern Ireland.

New Royal Mint £5 coin featuring the Giant's Causeway

Giant’s Causeway to feature on limited edition coin

Northern Ireland’s iconic World Heritage Site, the Giant’s Causeway is to feature on a limited edition £5 commemorative sterling silver coin issued by the Royal Mint.

A collage of the guest speakers at this year's 'Mount Stewart Conversations'

Mount Stewart announces Festival of Conversations

An unmissable festival weekend of debate, ideas, storytelling, art and music at Mount Stewart on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September 2016.

Group of staff with certificates outside Mount Stewart house

Training for Success

Local company helps National Trust gardeners and rangers at Mount Stewart gain LANTRA tractor driving certificates.

Two visitors walking on trail

Mount Stewart unveils previously unseen countryside

Three miles of new walking trails, winding through a landscape ‘lost in time’, establishes Mount Stewart’s reputation as one of the best-preserved Irish country demesnes.

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Co Armagh Cider is winner in National Trust Fine Food Produce Awards

Mac Ivors Cider Company celebrates winning prestigious National Trust Fine Farm Produce Award for their medium and traditional dry cider.

Children on climbing frame

Natural play areas in Northern Ireland 

Whether you want to warm up, cool off, or chill out - the National Trust has lots of ideas to help you make the most of your summer adventures.

Picture shows a ranger using a mallet to hammer the crane together

Carrick-a-Rede crane re-constructed after severe storm damage

A working fishery from the 1700s until early 2000s, Carrick-a-Rede's fishing industry wouldn't have been the success that it was without the hand-powered crane.

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Fifth generation apple grower takes the taste of Armagh's orchards to Europe

A fifth generation apple grower who is continuing his family's tradition is taking the flavours of Armagh's famous orchards to Europe following a major distribution deal.

Castle Coole sits above Lough Coole and surrounding parkland

Enniskillen parkrun announces new venue

Enniskillen parkrun to relocate their weekly 5km event from Castle Coole to the Lakeland Forum.

The Queeen and The Duke of Edinburgh at the Giant's Causeway

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh make first visit to Giant’s Causeway

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh were welcomed to the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site today by National Trust rangers, volunteers, local crafters and some lucky visiting tourists.

Small white wildflower

Walk through wildflower meadows 

Stroll through wild flower rich meadows and grasslands alive with fluttering butterflies and buzzing bees.

Four visitors sitting looking over the Giant's Causeway

Do more than visit the Causeway Coast – experience it

Take the road less travelled with local tour company, 'Away A Wee Walk', on a stunning journey along the Causeway Coast’s clifftop path.

DR Bob Brown OBE Northern Ireland Chairman

National Trust appoints new Northern Ireland Chairman 

Dr Bob Brown OBE appointed to the Chair of the charity's Regional Advisory Board for Northern Ireland.

The Garden at The Argory

Sensational summer colour with the National Trust 

With striking colours, perfumed scents and relaxing spaces to take in the view, our gardens are wonderful places to visit during the summer months.

Man behind yellow flower border

Taste of Florence Court

This Saturday 14 May, head to Florence Court in County Fermanagh to enjoy some gardening tips and tastings in the Kitchen Garden.

Castle Coole

Castle Coole Gallery - Art exhibition in a unique basement setting

Browse the Castle Coole art exhibition in a unique basement setting.

Giant's Causeway stones

What makes the Giant's Causeway a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

The Giant's Causeway is Northern Ireland's only World Heritage Site

Group of visitors on Causeway stones

China trend set to continue

News of the North Coast is spreading fast. Campaigns promoting the local area in China have resulted in a surge of Chinese visitors over the last three years and tourism industry professionals are optimistic the trend will continue.

Easter hunt fun

Easter bunny springs into action

The Easter Bunny stops off at Castle Ward to celebrate the National Trust’s nationwide Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts. He is set to deliver 362,592 chocolate bunnies to 271 National Trust places.

A family searches for clues on an Easter egg hunt at the National Trust

Family fun this Easter 

This Easter the National Trust is teaming up again with Cadbury to offer you a cracking Easter weekend.

Florence Court Visitor Centre

New Outdoor Welcome Unveiled at Florence Court

Fermanagh and the National Trust added to its tourism power today with the official opening the new visitor centre at Florence Court in County Fermanagh.

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell at Mount Stewart

Mount Stewart attracts international visitors and locals

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Jonathan Bell, visits Mount Stewart in Newtownards.

Giant's Causeway staff receiving CIE Tours Award

Giant’s Causeway wins Gold National Heritage Award and Award of Excellence

The National Trust team at the Giant’s Causeway are celebrating double success with two prestigious Awards from Tour Operator, CIE Tours International

Murlough National Nature Reserve

National Trust leads debate on threats to Northern Ireland coastline 

Some of the UK’s leading environmentalists, academics, politicians and policy-makers will converge in Belfast today to discuss urgent action needed to meet the challenges facing the Northern Ireland coast from increased winter storms and climate change.

Image shows the bulbous outgrowths on a meadowsweet plant

North Coast celebrates year of wildlife discoveries 

There are thousands of species of wildlife, plant-life and fungi living on the North Coast: burrowed inside leaves, hidden under rocks or lurking amid stalks of grass - waiting to be discovered.

The Giant's Causeway team made history in 2015 as the first property in NI to be named the UK's Best Heritage Attraction

Giant’s Causeway crowned UKs Best Heritage Attraction 

Giant’s Causeway wins gold in the UKs Best Heritage Attraction according to voters of the nation’s largest consumer poll, the British Travel Awards.

Sea Plantation at Mount Stewart

Trust calls for action to manage threats to NI coastline 

Trust calls for a bold and imaginative approach to coastline management

Ben Bridges, Mount Stewart Garden Apprentice

Growing talent at Mount Stewart 

Budding success with Mount Stewart Garden Apprenticeship Scheme