Mount Stewart Conversations Festival FAQs

Frequently asked questions about Mount Stewart Conversations Festival

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Ticket information

Admission to the estate during the Mount Stewart Conversations Festival is free. Tickets are required for the headline talks. Take a look at the 2019 line-up and book your tickets at

I haven't bought tickets for the talks, can I still visit Mount Stewart during the festival weekend?

Yes! We have activities throughout the day for visitors who don’t have tickets to the talks and access to the property is free for both National Trust members and non-members for the duration of the weekend. The House and Gardens will be open to the public as well as our walking trails, so there's lots to explore and enjoy and something to suit everyone's interests.

Car parking

We expect it will be busier than usual during the festival weekend so you may be asked to park in Car Park 2 which is marked on the map below. This car park has a grass surface so please be aware it can be wet underfoot. There will be a shuttle bus running to and from this car park on both days which will drop you off at the stable block. It may also be busier on site than usual so please leave plenty of time to get to your talk.

General details

  • Please note there is no cash machine at Mount Stewart
  • Due to conservation reasons stiletto heels are not allowed in the house.
  • Photography without a flash is welcome.
  • The event takes place in marquees and outdoors and there is limited indoor seating so please check the weather and dress appropriately.
  • Assistance Dogs are welcome.
  • Bookings are non-transferable and non-refundable.

What is the disabled access?

Parking for blue-badge holders will be in the main car park where possible. Once this is full, visitors will be asked to park in our overflow car parking field located close to the front gates of the property, however, there will be a shuttle bus running from this car park to the property both days. Please note: it may be busier on site than usual so please leave plenty of time to get to your talk.

If you have any accessibility requirements or further questions, please contact our dedicated accessible phone line. Tel: 028 4278 7828

Will there be additional facilities on site during the weekend?

Yes, alongside our toilet facilities in the Car Park, Courtyard and Visitor Reception, there will also be additional toilets including disabled access facilities adjacent to the North Lawn.

Will there be caterers on site?

Yes - Our Tea Room will be open both days, serving a range of hot and cold foods, tea and coffee, soft drinks and sweet treats. We will have a number of outdoor caterers during the Festival serving a selection of crepes, burgers and hot drinks and more!

Can I bring my dog?

We welcome dogs on leads at Mount Stewart, however, only Assistance Dogs can enter the indoor areas (excluding Visitor Reception). We have a dedicated Dog Exercise Area located next to the overflow car park and there is plenty of dog bowls and fresh water available for our four legged friends.