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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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Family explore at Castle Ward

Family-friendly places in Northern Ireland 

Discover the best family-friendly places to visit in Northern Ireland this summer with a day out at the places in our care. Enjoy sunny outdoor trails that ignite inquisitive minds and natural play areas perfect for letting off steam. When the summer sun shines, family adventures are boundless. If a sudden summer shower appears, take refuge in our family-friendly cafés for some well-deserved treats. Remember to check property websites for specific opening times and events.

The beach at Portstewart Strand, County Londonderry.

Walking in Northern Ireland 

Immerse yourself in the splendour of Northern Ireland’s legendary landscapes this summer. From the scenic dunes of Portstewart Strand to the tranquil trails at Florence Court, our curated walking trails cater to all abilities. Lace up your hiking boots for an unforgettable journey through iconic sites like the Giant's Causeway, where coastal paths entice the adventurous, and ancient bogs whisper historical tales along winding boardwalks. This summer, let the trails at our cared-for places lead you on a captivating exploration of nature’s brilliance, warmth, and rich heritage.

A couple walk through the Outer Walled Garden at Rowallane Garden

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.

Two boys jumping off sand dunes on a sunny summer day with blue skies

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.

Visitors walking their dog at Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House, Country Londonderry, 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

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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Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne guided tour 

Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne, Castlerock, County Londonderry

Join us on a guided tour of one of the jewels of the North Coast as we take you round the Earl Bishop Hervey’s estate.

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Summer of Play at Castle Ward 

Castle Ward, Downpatrick, County Down

Get ready for Summer of Play at Castle Ward!

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22 Jul to 26 Aug 2024
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Wildlife Heptathlon for kids 

Mount Stewart, Newtownards, County Down

Sprint into the spirit of summer at Mount Stewart with activities and experiences to keep little ones busy for the summer holidays this July and August.

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A Summer of Play at Rowallane Garden 

Rowallane Garden, Saintfield, County Down

Are you ready for a Summer of Play at Rowallane Garden. Your adventure starts here.

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22 Jul to 1 Sep 2024
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Up to High Doh Theatre Company - Summer of Play at Mount Stewart 

Mount Stewart, Newtownards, County Down

Join our friends from Up To High Doh Theatre Company to spark your imagination this summer.

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22 Jul to 19 Aug 2024
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Summer of Play at Florence Court 

Florence Court, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh

Join us for a Summer of Play at Florence Court!

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Summer of Play at Castle Coole 

Castle Coole, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh

Come and enjoy a summer of play at Castle Coole!

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22 Jul to 1 Sep 2024
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Summer of Play at The Argory 

The Argory, Dungannon, County Armagh

Play together, make new memories and enjoy the sun all summer long.

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22 Jul to 1 Sep 2024
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Visitors at the Giant's Causeway, County Antrim

Discover more in Northern Ireland.

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.