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

Ghosts and Gourds Spooktacular

Sat 19 Oct 2019
See the garden come to life with mystical and magical myths inspired by local folklore. Then watch your little ones be transformed with fearsome face painting. To top off your day, scoop out and carve your very own pumpkin to take home....

Poison Chocolate Apple Dunking

Sat 26 Oct 2019
Enjoy a ghoulish day out as your little witch or wizard decorates their own chocolate apple to take home.

Family Festive Film Fun

Sat 16 Nov 2019
Wrap up warm and get into the festive spirit by coming along to our special film screenings in the barn. Treat yourself to a hot chocolate and popcorn. Visit the website for film details.

Yuletide Festival

Sat 07 Dec 2019
Enjoy the Christmas atmosphere. Walk around the market and discover a great selection of seasonal crafts and gifts, floral decorations and food stalls. Look out for Father Christmas on the way!

Gingerbread Man Decorating

Sat 14 Dec 2019
Come along for a festive day out and help dress the gingerbread man by using your awesome decorating skills.

Fun in the Garden

Sat 04 Apr 2020
Get competitive and challenge your loved ones to some races on the front lawn. Try your hand at egg and spoon racing.