Top gardens in Northern Ireland

The National Trust takes care of the greatest collection of historic gardens in Europe. The gardens in our care in Northern Ireland are a selection of the most famous and significant. From fabulous formal designs to intriguing informal spaces, walk through Rose Gardens, Walled Gardens and Kitchen Gardens with a day out to these National Trust places near you.

Two children at fountain in Mount Stewart

Mount Stewart 

Mount Stewart is one of Northern Ireland’s most celebrated gardens. A place of the imagination, the Formal Garden around the house is themed using an exotic choice of plants from all round the world. While the Pleasure Ground surrounding the Lake is a semi natural woodland garden containing many rare plants which thrive in the mild climate of the Ards Peninsula. IN BLOOM: The rhododendrons are a must until mid-August and then the exotic displays of the Formal Gardens take centre stage.

flowerbed in bloom at Castle Ward

Castle Ward 

Castle Ward has features such as the Temple Water, an early 18th century formal canal, the Sunken Garden with grass banks and Irish Yew trees and the Rock Garden created on a natural outcrop. The parkland grounds are ideal for those interested in garden history and those wishing to immerse themselves in ‘times gone by’. IN BLOOM: The Sunken Garden is always colourful spectacle and the herbaceous border in the Windsor Garden is a treat.

Magnolia stellata in Rowallane's walled garden

Rowallane Garden 

Rowallane Garden is a true plantsman’s garden with one of Ireland’s premier plant collections. The Spring Garden is full of rhododendrons while the Walled Garden once the kitchen garden for the ‘Big House’ is filled with mixed shrub borders, roses and perennials which provide constant colour.

The secret garden at Bishop's Gate in Downhill Demesne

Downhill Demesne 

The beautifully landscaped Downhill Demesne is set on the wild and rugged north coast. The best known features of this famous demesne are the exquisite Mussenden Temple and the ruined palace of the eccentric nobleman, Frederick Hervey, the famous Earl Bishop of Derry. But if you enter the estate via Bishop’s Gate you come upon an appealing ornamental garden. IN BLOOM: The fragrant scent of wild garlic fills the woodland floor and the Bog Garden is a riot of primulas and lilies during the summer.

visitors in garden at Florence Court

Florence Court 

The magnificent Florence Court gardens are overlooked by the dramatic outline of the Cuilcagh Mountain. Florence Court is well known as the home of the original Irish Yew and the forest park trails surrounding the garden are now accessible. The developing Kitchen Garden within the Walled Garden has colourful new herbaceous borders this year. IN BLOOM: During summer, discover roses, paeonies, penstemon, dahlia and clematis in the herbaceous borders and seasonal vegetables in the open quarters.

The Garden at The Argory

The Argory 

In a wooded park above the River Blackwater, The Argory is surrounded by sweeping lawns with two formal gardens. The first, a charming rose garden with dwarf rose bushes in box-edged beds, is planted around a sundial. The second much larger and called the Pleasure Ground, has a terrace overlooking the river. IN BLOOM: The mixed borders carry a wealth of plants, many of them scented. Moving into the summer months, roses bloom brightly in the small rose garden with light floral scents filling the air.

Enjoy the gardens at Springhill this summer

Springhill 

The herb garden at the pretty 17th-century ‘Plantation’ home of Springhill, is designed around a scented Camomile Lawn - a long tradition in ‘big houses’ to enjoy the sweet fragrance that fills the air as you walk on the soft, springy camomile. Situated on the edge of the picturesque Sperrin Mountains, this charming house is also home to a series of small walled gardens. IN BLOOM: A charming garden with successions of rhododendron and magnolia followed by the fine roses and herbaceous displays of the Dutch Garden.