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 Blacksmith’s Forge, Carpenters Workshop and Sawmill or just relax with a picnic in the peaceful gardens.

Picnic lunch with salad, fruit and cakes at The Argory

The Argory, County Armagh

Deep in the green County Armagh countryside, is a place where the mist rolls down to the River Blackwater and time stands still. Enjoy strolls among the arbours, views of the river and let the kids run wild in the woods and adventure playground. On a sunny day, enjoy the fabulous gardens and a coffee under the porte-cochère whilst taking what was originally a working farm.

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 

Leave the outside world behind and immerse yourself in nature’s beauty in this inspirational garden. A mix of formal and informal garden spaces are home to magical features mingled with native and exotic plants, such as drifts of rare rhododendrons. It is a great place for a leisurely walk or to just relax with a picnic and soak in the atmosphere.

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 

Hundreds of years ago the Lenox-Conyngham family chose this bucolic spot to build their home and after 10 generations this 17th-century plantation house is still regarded as ‘one of the prettiest houses in Ulster’. 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 

The sheltered gardens, cliff-edge landmark of Mussenden Temple and striking ruins of a grand headland mansion bear testament to the eccentricity of the Earl Bishop who once made this 18th-century demesne his home. With panoramic views of the famous Antrim coastline it is a great place for walking and kite flying.