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

Cold Busters

Sun 27 Jan 2019
14:00-15:00
Come along to the café for a short demo to discover the natural healing properties of our gardens herbs to promote the healing of coughs and colds at this chilly time of year.

Spring Sensory Walk

Fri 01 Mar 2019
10:00-18:00
Pick up a copy of our "Spring Sensory Walk" and discover new ways to interact with our garden with this self-led walk.

Flower Pressing Session

Sat 30 Mar 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.

Fun in the Garden

Thu 18 Apr 2019
10:00-18:00
Hop down to Rowallane for some Fun in The Garden.

Cadbury's Easter Egg Hunt

Fri 19 Apr 2019
10:30-15:00
Hop along for a family fun day out exploring the nooks and crannies around the beautiful garden while following the clues to get an Easter surprise. Fun for everyone. Egg trail £1.50 per child

Spring Plant Fair

Sat 04 May 2019
11:00-16:00
A wonderful opportunity to purchase plants from a range of specialist plant stalls, as well as from Rowallane Garden. Normal Admission Members Free