Things to see and do in Northern Ireland

With world-famous places to visit and lesser-known hidden gems, enjoy the best things to see and do in Northern Ireland with the National Trust. From the north coast of Ireland to the tranquility of the Fermanagh lakelands, build a bucket list of adventures with these great days out near you.

This article was created before the coronavirus crisis, and may not reflect the current situation. Please make sure you check web pages for individual places before you travel, to see where is open and where you may need to book, as well as the most up to date information about visiting.

Mount Stewart House

World-class gardens at Mount Stewart 

Judged as one of the top 10 gardens in the world and short-listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the gardens at Mount Stewart are world-class. Located on the shores of Strangford Lough, the gardens enjoy a unique micro-climate which allows a surprising array of exotic and rare plants to thrive. With a Shamrock Garden, Spanish Garden, Italian Garden and stunning lake walk, escape to this horticultural haven by booking online.

The old castle ruins at Crom

Go wildlife spotting at Crom, Fermanagh 

Cruise towards Crom and leave the world behind as you relax by the tranquil shores of Lough Erne. With more cuckoos than cars, enjoy picture-perfect walks in one of Ireland's most important conservation areas. Boasting land and lough, let time stand still as you wander its ancient yew trees and castle ruins spotting beautiful butterflies, fallow deer and even an elusive pine marten. Book your visit online.

Walking towards the saddle of the Mournes, Slieve Donard

Walk the Mourne Mountains 

Voted as one of the top walks in Northern Ireland, Slieve Donard sits at the heart of the Mourne Mountains in County Down. As the highest mountain in Ulster, hiking to the top of Slieve Donard tops many bucket lists. Criss-crossing its heady heights are well-trodden paths and trails which lead walkers to the highest point in the north of Ireland. As you climb, look out for the famous Mourne Wall, a 22-mile dry stone wall that navigates its way across 15 summits.

View of the Giant's Causeway

Visit the Giant's Causeway 

Northern Ireland’s number one visitor attraction and only UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Giant’s Causeway is a must-see destination. Steeped in myth and legend, discover the incredible landscape of basalt columns with a guided walk or audio tour. Book your visit online today and walk in the footsteps of giants.

Snowdrops at The Argory

The Argory, County Armagh 

Throughout February The Argory has a stunning display of snowdrops and other beautiful spring bulbs. Follow the trails or one of our self-guided walks through this spectacular wooded riverside estate on the banks of the River Blackwater and you’ll be rewarded with the sight of blankets of delicate flowers – sure to put a spring in your step. Explore the estate further and you’ll find wonderful views of the surrounding area.

Relax and let the world go by at Rowallane Garden

Be inspired by our gardens 

Gardens within gardens - Rowallane has secrets and delights around every corner.

Visitors sitting outside a camping pod among trees

Castle Ward 

​With space for up to 28 caravans and plenty of room for tents too, Castle Ward has over 800 acres just waiting to be explored.