Spring gardens and wildlife in Northern Ireland

Our gardens, parks and woodlands come to life with the arrival of spring. Gardens are filled with scent and colour. Woodlands are transformed with a carpet of bluebells. Migrant birds can be heard singing and bees and butterflies take flight. Enjoy all these signs of spring at one of these magical places...

Can you smell chocolate?

Magnificent Magnolias

Is it just me…or can you smell Chocolate? In the middle of March the magnolia tree outside visitor reception always sparks interest with our visitors. When it comes into flower it gives off a sweet scent like white chocolate. It smells good enough to eat!

Bluebells in the woodland

Mount Stewart spring wildlife

Spring is a unique time to be at Mount Stewart as the gardens and woodland come alive with new the arrival of new wildlife.

Magnolia Heaven at Rowallane

Magnolia heaven at Rowallane Garden

Magnolias are one of the shrubs that heralds that spring has definitely arrived! At Rowallane we have 31 different types ... find out more

Rowallane Garden Narcissus Daffodils in the Walled Garden

Daffodils in the garden

Celebrated in art and literature, daffodils are associated with a number of themes in different cultures, ranging from death to good fortune, and as symbols of spring.


Rowallane's rhododendrons

Spring at Rowallane heralds the start of the rhododendron season. The garden is in full colour and scent.

Castle Ward Mansion House and surrounding parkland

Spring at Castle Ward

There's a warming aroma around the estate that lets you know know spring has sprung and that the warm summer months are getting closer.

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.

A winter day at Castle Coole

Signs of Spring

Spot some early spring flowers amongst the trees at Castle Coole, like snowdrops and crocuses.

Daffodils at Florence Court

Spring Wildlife

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.