Perfect picnic spots in Northern Ireland

Get friends and family together, pack a picnic and enjoy a leisurely summer's day outdoors.

 Family walking in the grounds at Florence Court

Florence Court, County Fermanagh

With miles of walking and cycle trails, the beautiful park, gardens and surrounding forest offer fantastic opportunities for all the family to enjoy. Take a stroll into the forest to visit the mother of all Irish Yew trees, visit the thatched summer house or just relax with a picnic in the peaceful gardens.

Picnic lunch with salad, fruit and cakes at The Argory

The Argory, County Armagh

Work up an appetite with a stroll along River Blackwater and up through Lime Tree avenue. Let the kids run wild in the woods and adventure playground before exploring the fabulous gardens. Picnic on the rolling lawns in front of this Irish gentry house or treat yourself so something tasty from the tearoom.

Two children at fountain in Mount Stewart

Mount Stewart, County Down 

The famous gardens at Mount Stewart are particularly spectacular during the summer months when the series of carefully-planted outdoor ‘rooms’ and parterres are alive with colour. There are all kinds of oddities to delight children; find the crocodiles and dodos in the gardens or discover the life size white stag.

flowerbed in bloom at Castle Ward

Castle Ward, County Down 

Dragonflies and damselflies, exotic flowers and sweet beautiful aromas will captivate you for hours as you relax on a family picnic in a hidden corner of the Victorian Sunken Garden at Castle Ward. Or take a stroll along the shore, relax by the quayside with a picnic and watch the seals bob up and down.

Relax and let the world go by at Rowallane Garden

Rowallane Garden, County Down 

A mix of formal and informal garden spaces, Rowallane is dotted picturesque picnic spots. Dine by the lake, in the walled garden or at one of the picnic benches dotted around the grounds. Dogs will love the exercise area and kids of all ages can have fun playing games in the stable yard.

Visitors crossing the rope bridge with the sea in the background

Carrick-a-Rede, County Antrim 

Take the exhilarating rope bridge challenge and enjoy a truly unique cliff top experience. Set on the North Antrim Coast Road, amid unrivalled coastal scenery, the 30m-deep and 20m-wide chasm is traversed by an amazing rope bridge that was traditionally erected by salmon fishermen. Visitors bold enough to cross to the rocky island are rewarded with fantastic views.

Front view of Springhill House

Springhill, County Londonderry 

This 17th-century plantation house is regarded as ‘one of the prettiest houses in Ulster’ and makes for an idyllic summer's day out. The natural play trail and short walks around the estate are perfect for a leisurely stroll and a picnic.

Explore Downhill Demesne

Downhill Demesne, County Londonderry 

For a picnic with a view you can't beat Mussenden Temple on Downhill Demesne. With panoramic views of the famous Antrim coast this clifftop walk is the ideal place for kite flying. Take shelter in the shaded Black Glen woodland and let the children climb the spider's web in the Bishop's Play Trail.