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Visiting Mount Stewart with Family

Parents and child having fun in the garden
Jump into exploring Mount Stewart | © Sarah Harkness

There are lots of things for families with children to see and do at Mount Stewart.

Find out what's on at Mount Stewart

  • 25th - 27th June Bank Holiday Weekend

Come and enjoy some traditional games on the North Lawn and while away the weekend amongst the blossom and blooms! (Normal admission applies members free)

  • 26th May Jazz Sunday - The Rod Patterson Jazz Quartet

Sit back and relax for an afternoon of Jazz at Mount Stewart. (Normal admission applies members free)

  • 23rd & 26th June Bulbmania Garden Walks

Come and join a member of the Gardens Team on a tour (11am - 1pm) which will look at seasonal highlights during winter and spring, including trees, flowering shrubs and bulbs. (Walk free but must be booked online, normal admission applies members free)

  • 30th June Jazz Sunday - The Martello Jazz Band

Sit back and relax for an afternoon of Jazz at Mount Stewart. (Normal admission applies members free)

  • 1st July - Summer of Play begins!

15th June - Gardening Masterclass- Softwood (10.30-2.30 or 2-4)

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. Hop into the wildlife heptathlon around the lake and seek out the 7 heartrate raising challenges that will bring out the champion in you. From dashing through nature trails to leaping like a hare, each activity promises fun and excitement for all ages. Back by popular demand get messy at Wednesdays in the Woods and children’s theatre company Up to High Doh return with interactive sessions throughout the summer. Mark your calendars for National Playday on the 7th of August! Join us for an exciting day packed with a variety of fun and games for everyone. Enjoy a blend of facilitated activities and the chance for children to explore and create their own adventures. Keep an eye on our website for details and updates.

Check out our What's on page here

Planning your family visit

  • Children under 5 go free.
  • Hit the trails and head up to the Natural Play area where hours of den building fun and exploring opportunities await you.
  • Tracker packs available to borrow to add to your adventure.
  • Calm (sensory) bags available to borrow free of charge from the visitor reception for visitors with additional needs.
  • Accessible buggy-friendly paths around the lake, gardens and up to the Natural Play Area.
  • Some parts of the woodland may present a challenge to buggies.
  • High chairs and children’s meals available in the Tea-room.
  • Children must be supervised at all times as there are water features in the formal gardens and uneven surfaces on site.
  • Baby changing facilities located in disability access toilets in the Carpark Toilets, Visitor Reception toilets and the Courtyard.
  • The Tea-room offers a selection of tasty kids meals and treats. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.
  • You're welcome to bring a picnic. There's plenty of picnic tables, benches, and spots to lay out a blanket. Please use the bins provided when you're finished.
  • Spotter sheet to complete as you explore the house
  • Seasonal activity sheets available to the courtyard.
  • Scooters, balance bikes and bikes with stabilisers can be used at Mount Stewart (adult and bikes without stabiliser not permitted)

Where to start...

  • Head off round the lake to do a spot of bird watching and on your way stop by the Squirrel Hide to see if you can spot some of Mount Stewarts resident Red Squirrels.

  • Hit the trails where adventure awaits, with 10 miles of trails, dotted with bridges, streams and folly's to discover and then head up to the Natural Play area for a spot of den building.
  • Take a wander round the Mansion house and hear how the Londonderry family children lived and the adventures they had. Stop by the Tea-room for a treat before finding a good read in the children's section of the second-hand bookshop & shop.
Girl in the natural play area at Mount Stewart, County Down
Explore the Natural Play area | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Explore the Gardens and Lake

Take a gentle stroll around the lake walk and see how many different birds you can spot and the rainbow colours of the Rhododendrons blooming everywhere. Get lost in the Fernery and have fun finding your way through the winding paths and over bridges to find your way out. Say hello to the White Stag which is surrounded by wild flowers in the summer. Quietly make your way up to the squirrel hide and you might just see one of the Red Squirrels who call Mount Stewart home.

Hit the Trails

With more than 10 miles of trails set in ancient wood and farm land to explore, pack a picnic and set off on an adventure. Take in the ancient Folly on the Red Trail which is surrounded by a carpet of Bluebells in spring and take a moment to lie down and do a spot of forest bathing while you're there on the log beds. Toilets can be found by behind the Temple of Winds overlooking Strangford Lough.

Wander up to the Natural Play Area inspired by the story The Magic Ink Pot written by Edith Lady Londonderry for her children. Tip toe your way along the balance beams, seek out the carved woodland & fairytale figures and build yourself a cosy den to hide in.

Family spotting squirrels at the hide
Spot some wildlife at the Squirrel Hide on Brownsea Island, Dorset | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Tick off more of your ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’

Head outdoors and get your little ones closer to nature this winter. Are you ready to try out 50 of the wildest, most fun-packed and exciting things to do in the great outdoors? Do your favourite activities over and over again, or try all 50: the choice is yours.

Things to do at Mount Stewart

Mother and daughter walking on south terrace with flowers in bloom

Explore the garden at Mount Stewart 

Take a stroll through the world-class garden at Mount Stewart and discover an extraordinary scope of plant collections and original, historic features.

A meal on the table in the Tea-room with a view of the counter

Eating and shopping at Mount Stewart 

Tuck into a menu of freshly prepared dishes made with local and seasonal produce in the tea-room, and treat yourself or someone special in the gift shop.

Visitors stopping to enjoy the view of Srtangford Lough from Mount Stewart, County Down

Exploring the estate at Mount Stewart 

Pull on your walking boots, choose your route and head out for a walk on the Mount Stewart estate. Spot seasonal wildlife as you go, or run wild in the natural play area.