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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Take time out of your hustle and bustle and try your hand at the ancient craft of blacksmithing.
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.
Witness over 250 years of spade making history at the last water powered spade mill, in daily operation, in the UK.
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.