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

Mindfulness Meander

Tue 13 Nov 2018
01:00-01:00
Join us and disconnect from your worries with a Mindfulness Meander.

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.

Yuletide Market

Sat 08 Dec 2018
11:00-17:00
Rowallane is offering you the chance to come along and enjoy the seasonal festive feeling and have a fun day out for you and your family.

Dec out your gingerbread man

Sat 15 Dec 2018
11:00-14:30
Pop into our cafe and your little elves can use their impressive decoration skills to help decorate scrumptious gingerbread men.