From the world-famous Giant's Causeway to the world-class Mount Stewart estate, discover places to visit and things to see and do in Northern Ireland.
'Tis the season to be jolly so spend Christmas at the places in our care. Make joy-filled memories this festive season with our selection box of delightful days out and enchanting evening experiences. See Santa at Castle Ward, browse the Christmas market at Rowallane Garden and be wowed by the Winter Illuminations at The Argory.
The National Trust look after the greatest collection of historic gardens and garden plants under single ownership in Europe, if not the world. With Rose Gardens, Walled Gardens and Kitchen Gardens, discover some of the best historic gardens in Northern Ireland. Voted as one of the top ten gardens in the world, Mount Stewart reflects a rich tapestry of design and planting artistry while Castle Ward is home to one of the best examples of a Victorian garden in Ireland.
Northern Ireland boasts a world-class coastal route. From the rugged headland at Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne to the gently rolling dune landscape of Murlough National Nature Reserve, there are world-famous landmarks and hidden gems to discover along the way. With the famous rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede and the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Giant's Causeway dotted on the coast, enjoy bucket list adventures on the north coast of Ireland.
There’s so much to take in when exploring the houses and buildings across Northern Ireland including dramatic clifftop views at Mussenden Temple and an historic costume collection at Springhill.
With water bowls, hitching posts and plenty of ground to cover, the places in our care aren't just for history-loving hounds. The sandy beaches and woodland trails on offer are a dog-walker's dream. From dog exercise areas to dog-friendly accommodation, discover a slice of canine heaven when visiting with your four-legged friend.
Our new report, A Climate for Change: Adaptation and the National Trust, sets out the actions we'll be taking in the next stage of our journey to tackle the climate and nature crises. It builds on over two decades of work to ensure coastline, countryside, rivers and historic buildings are ready for and resilient to the current and future consequences of climate change.
Climate change is the biggest threat to the coastline, countryside and historic buildings we care for. Our new report reveals how we’re tackling its causes and effects and identifying future hazards. From protecting and planting trees to working with coastal communities, helping people, heritage and nature adapt to a changing climate is at the heart of everything we do. Find out how we’re adapting to rising sea levels and creating new wildlife habitats at Mount Stewart in County Down. Read the full report here.
We see the effects of climate change all around us. So, what are we going to do about it? Our recent report ‘A Climate for Change’ covers everything we’ve learnt so far about adapting to climate change, and what we suggest can be done to face future challenges. We'll be using lessons from the last century of caring for these places of nature, beauty and history to help us navigate the next.
Wake up to nature's alarm clock or fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean with our places to stay in Northern Ireland. From loughs and lush-green landscapes to legends of giants, discover the northern reaches of the Emerald Isle in out-of-the-ordinary accommodation like a woodland glamping pod or coastal cottage. With new cottages at Carrick-a-Rede and Castle Ward, plan a break to remember.
Tuck into a great day out with our places to eat and drink across Northern Ireland. Enjoy classic scones in the Courtyard Cafe at The Argory, seasonal selected soups at Mount Stewart or a pub lunch at Mary McBride's in Cushendun. From a cosy corner in a quaint tea-room to a traditional pub which was once the oldest in Ireland, dine in a doorway to nature, beauty and history.
Embark on Mount Stewart's festive trail, circling the serene lake. Count cheerful robins in a family adventure that blends nature and tradition. Celebrate the season's joy surrounded by winter wonders. Join us for a magical holiday experience!
A new exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Viscount Castlereagh (1769-1822) opens at Mount Stewart from 8 August 2022.
The Christmas Fair will return to The Argory, bigger, better and more festive than ever before, with live music, food and craft stalls.
This festive season, we invite you to step inside Castle Ward and experience the Mansion dressed in tableau for a traditional 18th century Christmas.
Join us from 1-3 December for our Christmas Artisan Market. Pick up your local crafts and gifts from the stable yard before heading round to our decorated mansion house where you can experience Christmas just as the Georgians did.
Experience what life was like for the MacGeough Bond family and their servants as they prepare for the festive season.
Cancer Connect NI working with the National Trust is delighted to bring a magical olde world Winter Wonderland Experience to Castle Coole.
Indulge in something special at Castle Coole with a delightful Festive Afternoon Tea provided by the renowned Tully Mill Restaurant.