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

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.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Fri 10 Apr 2020
Rowallane Garden offers lots of places to have an Easter adventure. Learn more about our garden as you follow clues on our trail to solve the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. Collect your reward at the end. Additional cost for trails £1.50

Spring Plant Fair

Sat 09 May 2020
Plants grown at our famous garden will be available for sale. In addition to Rowallane’s own stall, specialist nurseries from the region will be offering a variety of plants to purchase.