Spring gardens and wildlife in Northern Ireland

Gardens, parks and woodlands come to life with the arrival of spring. Our gardens fill with flowers, parks brighten with birdsong and woodlands bubble with wildlife. We listen for the cuckoo's call and watch as bees and butterflies take flight. Discover the best places and spaces near you to soak up all the sights, sounds and scents of spring.

Bluebells on the Trails

Spring at Mount Stewart

Spring is a unique time at Mount Stewart as the gardens and woodland come alive with wildlife.

Spring at Minnowburn Bridge, County Down

Look busy, spring is coming

Spring is indeed well on its way. You made find this hard to believe. For some, spring will not truly begin until the Vernal Equinox on 21 March or for the more optimistic 1 March, but if you look closely on your next walk, the evidence is there.

The Belvedere on the Downhill Demesne

Autumn at Downhill Demesne

Step into the sights, scents and sounds of Autumn with a visit to Downhill Demesne. Feel the crunch of fallen leaves in the wild cliff-top garden, explore the haunting ruins of Downhill House and discover colourful strolls with awe-inspiring views across the North Coast.

Primroses at The Argory

Spring at The Argory

Colour is starting to bloom at The Argory with the rampant blue trailing wisteria, blazing yellow Kerria and not forgetting the foxgloves and cowslips along the boardwalk. There’s always something new to discover on a spring visit.

A sea of bluebells at Murlough National Nature Reserve

Spring at Murlough

Spring is an exciting time at Murlough Nature Reserve. Lengthening days and a promise of release from the cold, encourages plants, animals and insects to come out of hibernation...

Daffodils in bloom at Castle Ward, Co Down

Spring at Castle Ward

Spring brings the estate to life. Check out our top spots for enjoying the sights and sounds of the season.

Sandwich Tern eggs in a nest at Strangford Lough, County Down

Strangford Lough spring wildlife

Strangford Lough is a unique place to visit at any time of the year, and in spring there's a wide variety of wildlife to be found by the shore or in the wider countryside.

The front facade of Castle Coole and spring wildflower meadow

Signs of Spring at Castle Coole

Spring is one of the best times to visit Castle Coole as the days lengthen and the first flowers start to appear. Step into spring with wonderful wildflower meadows and carpets of bright bluebells.

Daffodils at Florence Court

Spring wildlife at Florence Court

Sights and sounds of spring can be found all over the estate. Listen out for the returning birdsong and spot the butterflies that start to appear.

Can you smell chocolate?

Magnificent Magnolias

Discover the tree of your dreams - sweet dreams! The magnolia tree at Springhill always sparks interest, as it gives off a sweet scent like white chocolate when it flowers.