An enchanting garden enclosed within a demesne landscape. It was laid out from the mid-1860’s by the Reverend John Moore and afterwards by his nephew, the plantsman and selector Hugh Armytage Moore, who established and developed connections with seedsmen and botanic gardens throughout the world.
Spring: Magnificent display of Rhododendrons, Azaleas, bulbs and herbaceous plants.
Summer: Stunning colour in walled garden (Hypericum, Viburnum, shrub roses);
Primulas, Meconopsis and ferns in Rock Garden Wood; wild flower meadows rich with orchids.
Autumn: Scarlet and gold tree foliage, many with berries attractive to wild birds
• Garden retains natural landscape of surrounding area
• Dazzling variety of rare trees and shrubs from many parts of the world
• Spectacular azaleas and rhododendrons
• Notable natural Rock Garden Wood with Primulas, Meconopsis and shade loving plants
• Walled garden includes National Collection of Penstemons
• Several areas managed as wildflower meadows
• Guided tours by arrangement
Visitor facilities –
Garden: Refreshments: Guided tours: Suitable for picnics: Country walk: Programme of events: Access for visitors with disability: Facilities for families: Learning: Dogs welcome on leads in grounds/garden only.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.
Opening times:1 Feb-11 Apr: 10am-4pm daily
12 Apr-14 Sept: 10am-8pm daily
15 Sept-31 Jan 09: 10-4
Closed 25 & 26 Dec & 1 Jan.
Adult: £5.20. Child: £2.80. Family: £14.20 Group: £4.00 per person.
Group outside normal hours: £5.60.
Location / Directions
Bus: Ulsterbus No. 15 between Belfast and Downpatrick, alight in Saintfield.
Car: On A7, 1 mile from Saintfield on road to Downpatrick.
Drive time: Belfast 25 minutes.
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