Benvarden Garden

This historic estate was built in the 1630s and owned by the Montgomery family since 1798. Most of the landscaping and planting of the mature trees was carried out by them in the years 1800-1820. The Walled Garden, about 2 acres in area, appears on a map dated 1788 and has been cultivated since then without interruption, although with alterations to the layout from time to time.

The garden is one of the finest and best maintained in the North of Ireland, described by Terence Reeves Smith in his Guide to Irish Gardens as "undoubtedly the best in private hands and ranges from beautiful rose beds to well stocked kitchen garden." (Terence Reeves Smyth in his book Gardens of Ireland).

The extensive pleasure grounds stretch down to the banks of the river which is spanned by a splendid iron bridge 90 feet long, erected by Robert Montgomery in 1878.

The Woodland Pond was originally created in the 1850s, but fell into dereliction. It has been reclaimed in the last ten years and further clearances and planting are in progress.

The cobbled Stable Yard, entered through an archway surmounted by a pretty Cupola, is an unusual diamond-shape and contains the Stables, Coach Houses, Cart Houses and a tea room, converted from a former stable. There is also a small collection of farm and garden implements.

Parking, On site cafe, plants for sale, group bookings welcome, disabled access, Free access for RHS members.

The garden and grounds may be used for wedding photography by prior arrangement.
NB. As we do not have exact location information, this is a map of the local area.

Prices:

£4, under 14's go FREE. Sorry no dogs allowed.
€ accepted.

Opening times:

Open daily: 1st June - end August, 12:00-17:30
(Please note: Closed Mondays, except Bank Holidays)
Sorry no dogs allowed.
The garden and grounds may be used for wedding photography by prior arrangement.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Ballymoney Tourist Information Centre

Location / Directions

Head to Ballybogey and it's on the Ballymoney/Portrush road. On B67, 7 miles east of Coleraine, signposted.
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite
  • Toilets
  • Open Sundays
  • Accept Groups/Coach Parties
  • Euro Accepted
  • Parking Available
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Contact Details

36 Benvarden Road
Dervock
County Antrim
BT53 6NN

Website:
www.benvardin.com
Email:
mail@benvardin.com
Tel: (028) 2074 1331
Fax: (028) 2074 1955