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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.

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Walkers passing by a stream on Slieve Donard in the Mourne Mountains, County Down

Walking in Northern Ireland 

From hiking up Northern Ireland's highest mountain, Slieve Donard to dandering along the Lake Trail at Mount Stewart, discover walks for all abilities at the places in our care. Walking trails in Northern Ireland can stop you in your tracks as you step into the heart of legendary landscapes and coastline. Lace up for a memorable walk at many must-see places including the Giant's Causeway. Whether climbing a challenging coastal path or criss-crossing an ancient bog on a boardwalk, the walking routes at the places in our care lead you through nature, beauty and history.

Visitors walking their dog on a lead in the formal garden at Mount Stewart with a view of the house in the background

Gardens and parks in Northern Ireland 

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.

Surfers on the shore at Portstewart Strand, County Londonderry

Coast and beaches in Northern 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.

The area surrounding Bishop's Gate Lodge, County Londonderry

Houses and buildings in Northern 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.

Walking in Murlough National Nature Reserve, County Down, Northern Ireland

Dog-friendly places in Northern Ireland 

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.

A Climate for Change

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.

A child on their parent's shoulders admiring a view across the water of Stangford Lough from Mount Stewart
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Responding to climate change at Mount Stewart 

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.

Two National Trust staff crouching down to inspect the harbour wall at Mullion Cove, Cornwall
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How we're adapting to climate change 

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.

Places to stay in Northern Ireland

The master bedroom at Strand House, Northern Ireland
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Be our guest 

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.

Place to eat in Northern Ireland

A pile of three slices of millionaire's shortbread next to a cup of coffee in a cup with a wood-like finish to it.

Feeling peckish? 

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.

Upcoming events

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Bulb Mania - Winter Spring Series 

Mount Stewart, Newtownards, County Down

Come and join a member of the Gardens Team on a tour which will look at seasonal highlights during winter and spring, including trees, flowering shrubs and bulbs.

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28 Feb to 24 Apr 2024
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Storytelling Sessions at Rowallane Garden 

Rowallane Garden, Saintfield, County Down

Wrap up warm and snuggle into a story in our second hand bookshop at Rowallane Garden. Especially aimed at the little ones in the family, come and join us for a story every Wednesday morning in January and February. The perfect thing for a cold...

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28 Feb 2024
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4-Week Blacksmithing Course Starts Thurs February 15th, 2024 

Patterson's Spade Mill, Templepatrick, County Antrim

Take time out of your hustle and bustle and try your hand at the ancient craft of blacksmithing.

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29 Feb to 7 Mar 2024
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19:00 to 21:00
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6 week Community Gardening Workshop 

Springhill, Magherafelt, County Londonderry

Springhill are teaming up with The Conservation Volunteers to offer a 6 week Community Gardening Workshop in conjunction with the TCV’s Green Gym Project.

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2 Mar to 30 Mar 2024
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Patterson's Spade Mill Guided Tour 

Patterson's Spade Mill, Templepatrick, County Antrim

Witness over 250 years of spade making history at the last water powered spade mill, in daily operation, in the UK.

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2 Mar to 2 Nov 2024
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Patterson's Spade Mill Interactive Tour 

Patterson's Spade Mill, Templepatrick, County Antrim

Experience 250 years of spade making history at the last water powered spade mill, still in daily operation, in the UK. Engage your senses as you feel the heat of the forge, see the flames and hear the ring of hammers on steel.

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2 Mar to 2 Nov 2024
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15:00 to 16:00
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Tuesday Trails 

Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne, Castlerock, County Londonderry

Social walks with our volunteers

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5 Mar to 7 May 2024
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World Book Day Trail 

Mount Stewart, Newtownards, County Down

To celebrate World Book Day head out around the lake to discover a sensory story book inspired trail around the lake.

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7 Mar to 10 Mar 2024
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Visitors at the Giant's Causeway, County Antrim

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From the world-famous Giant's Causeway to the world-class Mount Stewart estate, discover the best things to see and do in Northern Ireland.