Walks at Rowallane Garden

Family walking through Rhododendrons

Carved into the County Down landscape, just outside Saintfield you’ll find Rowallane Garden. Since the mid-1860’s this inspirational, fifty-two-acre garden has had something to offer every visitor looking to leave the outside world behind and connect with nature.

A garden for every season there is always something in bloom. These garden spaces at Rowallane are home to magical features mingled with native and exotic plants. A sensory experience Rowallane Garden is filled with eye-catching colour throughout the year, and the air birdsong.

Rowallane Garden has something for every visitor, whether they are looking to spend time alone in nature or with friends and family.

For us, it's important that every visitor can spend time enjoying nature, and we want to remove any barriers to accessing green spaces and have several fully accessible trails and two new mobility scooters available for those visitors who need a little extra support

Rowallane Garden is an excellent spot for a family adventure. With the Explore and Play area and Little Lions Den in the Barn, alongside winding woodland trails there is plenty to entertain the kids, whether you stop by after school or come together at the weekend for a day out. 

We have a dog exercise field where your dog can tire themselves out, trails for on-lead walkies, and our cafe is dog friendly, so you can enjoy a post stroll refreshment. If you're visiting with your dog, we ask that you follow the Canine Code, so everyone can enjoy their time at Rowallane Garden. 

We actively encourage inviting a friend along for a stroll. Catching up on a walk or over a cuppa is a great way to connect with each other and nature.

Rowallane Garden is vast and full of secret spots where you can pause and enjoy the beauty of seasonal blossom and the sound of birdsong. During your visit, go off the beaten track and find a spot where you can take a moment to yourself. We activiely encourage exploration and practicing mindfulness in nature during your visit. 

Rowallane Garden Trails and Accessible Routes Map (PDF / 0.4609375MB) download

Upcoming events

Come out and Play

Sat 20 Aug 2022
10:00-16:00
Get the heart racing with a summer of sport and come out and play at Rowallane Garden.

Gigs in the Garden

Sat 20 Aug 2022
14:00-16:00
Join us for a Summer of Saturdays filled with live music from performers of all persuasions and genres.

Rowallane Rambles - Viewpoint Walk

Tue 23 Aug 2022
11:30-13:00
Led by our gardeners, meander along a wildflower meadow in bloom as you take in breath-taking views across County Down from the Viewpoint Walk.

Dog-friendly Forest Bathing

Wed 24 Aug 2022
11:00-12:30
Forest bathing with your dog is an intentional and shared experience that can be relaxing and enriching for both dog and owner.

Storytelling Sessions

Wed 24 Aug 2022
14:30-15:30
Bring your little bookworms to Rowallane Garden and let them enjoy journeys through fantastical fictional landscapes.

Drop-in Yoga Sessions

Fri 26 Aug 2022
13:00-14:00
Whether you're a total novice or a seasoned yogi, stop by, say hi and give yoga a try.