Get set, go! Summer Activities for all the family at Mount Stewart

A girl enjoys geocaching in the great outdoors

Visit us over the summer and get active with lots of things for families to see and do at Mount Stewart. Take a look at our list below and start planning your adventure.

Get active this summer at the Mount Stewart with something for all the family. Pick up your Get set, go! pack from the courtyard outside Visitor Reception and choose your own adventure!

Have fun with 'Get set, go' cards at a place near you
Have fun with 'Get set, go' cards at a place near you
Have fun with 'Get set, go' cards at a place near you

July & August

  • Build it up – Take a walk to our Natural Play Area and build a den, balance on our beams and see what magical creatures you can spot
  • Reach the top – Climb up to the Temple of the Winds and take in the views of Strangford Lough 
  • Catch your breath – Stroll up to our stunning Rose Garden and spend some time in quiet reflection while taking in the beautiful scents of our wonderful roses
  • Follow the path - Head up toward the Red Squirrel Hide and see if you can spot some of our resident reds. 
  • Find your way - Geocaching is an exciting outdoor adventure for the whole family and Mount Stewart demesne is full of hidden digital treasure. All you need is a hand-held GPS or smartphone and a sense of adventure.
  • Take a moment – Go for a walk on our trails and head to the Glen Woodland to take a dive into some forest bathing


  • Hit the target - Join us for have-a-go sessions with our local archery club, Lough Cuan Bowmen, and test your archery skills - Saturday 7th August
  • Roll it along – Try your hand at croquet where the Londonderry family once played - From Sunday 8th August
  • Build it up – Join Coach Gary from Scrabo Striders running club for some training sessions in August – Saturday 14th August
  • Work together – Play statues and see how long it takes for you all to be found while giving instructions to your team - From Sunday 15th August
  • Get set go – Race your family and friends and take your place on our winners podium

Download our property map here: Mount Stewart Property Leaflet 2021 (PDF / 4.9MB) download

Further Information

  • The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers continues to be our top priority.
  • Booking your ticket for Mount Stewart is advised at busy time such as weekends and school holidays.
  • Sanitising stations are available in all visitor areas, however, please ensure you bring your own if using our Natural Play Area and outdoor spaces.
  • We ask that masks are worn in all indoor areas (unless exempt).
  • All equipment will be cleaned after use.
  • We encourage all visitors to observe current social distancing regulations whilst enjoying the activities.
  • Dogs on leads welcome in all areas. For off-lead fun for your four-legged friend, please use our dog exercise area located opposite our Shepherd's Hut.

Treat yourself

Why not pop into our tea room on your visit and enoy selection of freshly made food and drink or pick up a snack to go from our horsebox? If you are looking for the perfect gift, or just a treat for yourself, our shop is open daily and offers a fantastic range for all the family.

Visit our beautiful house

Mount Stewart House is open daily from 11am (last entry 3.45pm). Enter to experience this stunning treasure house and find out more about the history of the Londonderry family.

Enjoy our World Class Gardens

The garden reflects a rich tapestry of design and great planting artistry that was the hallmark of Edith, Lady Londonderry. The mild climate of Strangford Lough allows astonishing levels of planting experimentation. The formal areas exude a strong Mediterranean feel and resemble an Italian villa landscape; the wooded areas support a range of plants from all corners of the world, ensuring something beautiful blooming whatever the season.

Take time to explore the Demesne

Mount Stewart is an exceptional example of an Irish demesne, a beautiful and productive estate, with farmland, woodland, orchards and a walled garden providing for the ‘big house’. The demesne is home to five and half miles of walking trails through a truly magical landscape of woodlands and mixed farmland, set within the iconic rolling drumlin landscape of East Down.

 Visitors playing table tennis at Osterley Park and House, London

Summer family activities for every adventurer 

Get set, go! There's lots to do this summer at places near you. We've got nature trails to keep the kids entertained and sporty challenges to get your heart racing, peaceful gardens to discover and arts and crafts activities for messy afternoons. Pick up a ‘Get set, go’ activity card when you visit and see what adventure you'll be having this summer.

Go on a geocaching treasure hunt at Mount Stewart

Treasure Hunting at Mount Stewart

Discover over 40 hidden geocache treasures as you explore Mount Stewart demesne

Let your Imagination run wild at the Natural Play Area

Explore the Natural Play Area

Make a bee line for the Magic Ink Pot at Mount Stewart. This natural play area is themed around the journeys, adventures and creatures found in the book which is unique to Mount Stewart.

Small boy cutting out pastry

Summer family activities to do at home 

If you’ve recently enjoyed summer fun at places we look after, why not carry on the adventure at home? We’ve collected lots of ideas for things to do wherever you may be.

A dinosaur statue on the Dodo Terrace at Mount Stewart

Spot the animals

The ark in the Italian garden at Mount Stewart is full of some very strange and exotic animals. Noah had great difficulty in keeping track of them all. Download our Ark Club activity sheet and see if you can track down all the animals.

A red squirrel peeking out from behind a tree trunk at Mount Stewart

Red Squirrel quiz

Do you know all there is to know about Red Squirrels? Take our quiz to find out if you’re an expert or need to brush up on your knowledge!