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

Tiger Who Came to Tea

Sun 26 May 2019
10:00-17:00
Get up close to the beloved art work from from Judith Kerr's much-loved children's book,'The Tiger Who Came To Tea' at Rowallane Garden.

Wild Flower Wonders

Mon 27 May 2019
11:00-12:00
Let our team share with you the magic of wildflower collecting and seed sowing. Learn about the importance of of wildflower meadows, pollinators and how you can grow wildflowers on your own patch. Normal Admission Members Free

Summer of Sport

Sat 01 Jun 2019
10:00-20:00
This Summer rekindles your youth as we launch our Summer of Sport!

Flower Pressing Session

Sat 15 Jun 2019
11:00-12:00
Learn about the techniques of flower pressing. Our gardeners will show you how and why its important to press flowers, and share a few tips on how to speed up the process. Great fun for families.

Rainbow Smoothies

Sun 21 Jul 2019
14:00-15:00
Join us and try a variety of summer fruit smoothies to help cool off a hot summers day.