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Just Gardens

Visiting gardens is a fabulous way to explore and Northern Ireland has one of the best gardening climates in the world. So it is not surprising that some of the most beautiful and interesting gardens are to be found here.

21238_Botanic_GardensFirst established in 1828, Botanic Gardens and Palm House, Belfast have been enjoyed as a public park by the people of Belfast since 1895. There is an extensive rose garden and long herbaceous borders and the tree enthusiast can seek out the rare oaks planted in the 1880s, including the hornbeam-leafed oak. Situated near Queens University Belfast, the Botanic Gardens is an important part of Belfast’s Victorian heritage and a popular meeting place for residents, students and tourists.

Take a visit to the walled garden of Benvarden in Ballymone, County Antrim which dates from the 18th Century and includes a woodland pond fed by a small stream with a waterfall. The grounds sweep down to the River Bush which is spanned by a Victorian iron bridge.

antrim Castle gardensClose to Antrim Town Centre are the historic Antrim Castle Gardens and Clotworthy House, which feature four centuries of garden design, with styles from the 17th century and Victorian era.






Bangor walled castle gardenThe Ward family designed the Bangor Castle Walled Garden in the 1840's, however it was never open to the public and was considered by many as a secret garden!  Now, restored by North Down Council, the garden is open April to September and makes the perfect place to relax and enjoy a few moments peace and quiet.


In Lisburn Castle Gardens the upper 19th century garden and 17th century terraces have also been recently restored by Lisburn City Council with grant aid from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Features include mature trees and many historic monuments.

Seaforde Gardens, County DownCheck out the hornbeam maze at the centre of an eighteenth-century walled garden at Seaforde Gardens, County Down.  It also has a Butterfly House, enchanting for both its butterflies and tree ferns and unusual tropical planting.



 

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Springhill House, Moneymore, Magherafelt

Step back to 1912 as you experience the Lenox-Conyngham home on the morning they left to board Titanic. See the exhibition, featuring pieces from the Titanic era, including 11-year-old Eileen Lenox-Conyngham’s letter, written on Titanic headed paper.

Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle

The magnificent Slieve Donard Resort & Spa is nestled in the heart of County Down where the 'Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea'. Standing on 6 acres of private grounds, the Spa has all the facilities you need to relax and unwind.

Ardress House, Portadown, Craigavon

Ardress is nestled in the apple orchards of County Armagh and offers afternoons of fun and relaxation for everyone. Built in the 17th century as a farmhouse, Ardress was remodelled in Georgian times.

Mount Stewart, Newtownards

Mount Stewart is a stunning estate in the beautiful scenic area of Strangford Lough. The Formal Gardens are ranked as one of the top ten in the world and the within the house there are collections of national and international significance.

Castle Coole, Enniskillen

Castle Coole one of Ireland's finest Neo-classical houses, allowing visitors to glimpse what life was like in the home of the Earls of Belmore. Discover the story of the people who lived and worked below stairs as you explore the servants quarters.

Drumcovitt Barn- Faughan, Feeny, Londonderry/Derry

Drumcovitt Barn dates from the 1700s and is now skilfully converted into three self catering cottages. Faughan Cottage is a 2-bedroom property, one ensuite and the other with a separate family bathroom. The living area boasts a wood burning stove ...

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