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!

Girl looking at daffodils

Early signs of spring at Springhill

If you love daffodils, beautiful countryside and a great family day out, then visit Springhill every weekend in March to admire the countless displays of colourful daffodils throughout the estate.

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.

Admire the foxgloves along the boardwalk at The Argory

Spring time 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…

Spring

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.

Rhodes

Rowallane's rhododendrons

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

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...

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 at Castle Coole

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

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.