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Exploring the estate at Mount Stewart

Visitors stopping to enjoy the view of Srtangford Lough from Mount Stewart, County Down
Visitors stopping to enjoy the view of Stangford Lough from Mount Stewart | © National Trust Images/Christopher Heaney

Take a stroll around the seven-acre lake, wander through woodland and ramble across acres of parkland. Mount Stewart’s country estate is the perfect place to soak up the sights, sounds and scents of the season while younger visitors can run wild in the natural play area. 

Boundary Trail closed until end 2023

Please note due to ongoing forestry work, the Boundary Trail is closed and we anticipate this will be until the end of the year. Watch out for updates on our social channels and website. Why not explore one of the many other walks in the trail network as autumn colour begins to spread around the estate.

Autumn highlights around the estate

Embark on an autumn adventure at Mount Stewart. Here's some inspiration to get you started.

  • Take a walk to our Natural Play Area and build a den, balance on our beams and see what magical creatures you can spot
  • Go for a walk on our trails and head to the Glen Woodland to take a dive into some forest bathing
  • Climb up to the Temple of the Winds and take in the views of Strangford Lough
  • Geocaching is an exciting outdoor adventure for the whole family and Mount Stewart demesne is full of hidden digital treasure. All you need is a hand-held GPS or smartphone and a sense of adventure.
Children playing in Natural Play
Explore The Magic Inkpot natural play area | © National Trust

Wildlife spotting

Look to the skies and trees to see some of our autumn visitors including:

  • Flocks of long-tailed tit
  • Treecreeper
  • Goldcrest - Ireland's smallest bird
  • Jay - look out for them burying acorns

Look to the Lough to catch a glimpse of our visiting friends the Brent Geese on Strangford Lough and listening out for their honking call. Autumn is the peak time for light-bellied brent geese on Strangford Lough with usually around 25,000 birds which is up to 75% of the global population.

Flock of Brent geese at Strangford Lough, County Down
Light-bellied Brent Geese on the Lough | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Autumn colour on the trails

Mount Stewart is an exceptional example of an Irish demesne and is home to more than five and half miles of walking trails through a truly magical landscape of woodlands and mixed farmland, set within the iconic rolling drumlin landscape of East Down. Come the autumn, the trails are covered with a vibrant carpet of golden and red leaves and is the perfect place to soak up the season!

Fun for families

There are lots of things for families to do at Mount Stewart. Here are just a few ideas.

Girl in the natural play area at Mount Stewart, County Down
Child enjoying natural play in the outdoors at Mount Stewart, County Down | © National Trust Annapurna Mellor

Run wild in the natural play area

Head to the Magic Inkpot Natural Play Area for big fun in the middle of the woods. Younger visitors can run, jump, skip and hop over the natural obstacles, letting their imaginations run wild as they spot animals and creatures carved into the trees.

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A family walking across the garden lawn surrounded by flower beds and hedges at Mount Stewart, with a view of the house in the background

Discover more at Mount Stewart

Find out when Mount Stewart is open, how to get here, things to see and do and more.

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