Join us to celebrate our 60th Anniversary

Hugh Armytage Moore and company relaxing at Annie Quinn's summer house

Reverend John Moore acquired the property over successive years, these combined lands near Saintfield he named Rowallane after his ancestral family home in Scotland. He then set about removing the stone walls that designated the old farmsteads in order to farm and cultivate the land. The grounds to the west of the house were laid out as open areas for the Pleasure Grounds, while those to the south and east continued to be farmed. He also started the garden’s core design and architectural features, improving the modest farmhouse, constructing a walled garden and adding the stable yard.

Reverend Moore died in 1903 leaving the property to his Nephew Hugh Armytage Moore, who was responsible for creating the gardens as we know today.

In 1955 the National Trust took over the running of his Garden, which is still maintained as much as they were in Armytage Moore’s time and officially opened to the public in 1956.

Rowallane continues to  this day to let land to tenant farmers and this summer to celebrate the National Trust’s 60th year at Rowallane we are working with farmer Andrew who locally rears Dexter Cattle and is supplying us with Sausages and Burgers for our Sizzling Summer Barbeque.

Join us for a fun family orientated afternoon with music provided by Duet de Ville on Sunday 28 August 12-4pm.

Upcoming events

Sausage Sizzler

Sun 22 Jul 2018
11:00-16:00
This weekend at Rowallane Garden we have partnered up with Hafner's Sausages for a ''Sausage Sizzler''. Join us from 11am, look for the van, and the team will get you all fired up with the great taste of Hafner's!

Autumn Edibles

Sat 22 Sep 2018
14:00-15:00
Autumn is a time of harvest, Join us as we taste and preserve our way in to winter for wholesome and seasonal delights. All grown, foraged and made right here at Rowallane Garden.

Autumn Plant Fair

Sat 29 Sep 2018
11:00-16:00
Come and browse through the specialist plant stalls including plants grown in Rowallane's world famous garden.

Ghosts and Gourds Weekend

Sat 20 Oct 2018
11:00-16:00
Come along to Rowallane Garden for a scary day out for all the family. The garden will come to life this Hallowe'en with scary face painting, ghost trails and pumpkin carving.

Poison Chocolate Apple Dunking

Sun 28 Oct 2018
11:00-14:00
Pop into the café for terrifying fun. Your little witch or wizard can dunk their apple in our molten chocolate and take their treat home or sit back and enjoy one of our autumn lattes and a ghoulish treat.

Family Festive Film Fun

Sat 17 Nov 2018
14:00-14:00
Come along to a special film screening to get all the family in the festive spirit.