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

Griddle Baking

Sat 27 Jan 2018
14:00-14:30
At this time of year, there's nothing more homely that some griddle bread making. Join our cook for taster sessions where we will showcase the traditional art of griddle bread making.

Snowdrop Strolls

Thu 01 Feb 2018
10:00-16:00
Snowdrops are one of the first signs of life the gardens after the long winter months. Join us at rowallane garden and enjoy a self guided tour around the garden and take in the remarkable Galanthus (AKA snowdrop)

Fun in the Garden

Sat 24 Mar 2018
10:00-16:00
Hop down to Rowallane for some Fun in The Garden.