To celebrate the arrival of spring The National Trust are opening up many of their special places for free in Fermanagh on 4 and 5 March across the rest of Northern Ireland on Saturday 11 March.
There’s something for all the family to enjoy in County Fermanagh on 4 and 5 March. Set against a beautiful backdrop of mountains and forests the 18th-century Florence Court estate has much to explore, both inside the Georgian house and out. Sitting majestically amidst wooded parklands Castle Coole offers grand interiors and fine architecture. Or escape to the tranquil lakeside setting of Crom on Upper Lough Erne and discover wildlife and nature.
Explore further afield on the 11 March with a visit to the award-winning gardens at Mount Stewart in County Down; take a tour of the house and let imaginations run wild in the new natural play area. Nearby is another wonderful garden, Rowallane Garden in Saintfield where the formal and informal gardens captivate with their dazzling array of exotic and rare species from around the world.
On the shores of Strangford Lough is Castle Ward. A film location for Game of Thrones, this estate features an 18th-century house, miles of walking and cycling trails, and stunning views across Strangford Lough.
Head north for an exhilarating visit to the Causeway Coast where you can follow in the footsteps of giants at the Giant’s Causeway, take the rope bridge challenge at Carrick-a-Rede, visit the stunning Mussenden Temple at Downhill Demesne or escape the crowds for a stroll along Portstewart Strand and White Park Bay.
There’s plenty to see in Mid Ulster too where a tour of The Argory reveals the story of this Neo-classical house and its hidden treasures which remain unchanged since 1900. Visit the farmyard at the charming 17th-century Ardress House or discover the charms of Springhill in Moneymore, home to a celebrated collection of costumes, woodland trails and a children’s play area. Or, for a flavour of our industrial heritage visit Wellbrook Beetling Mill near Cookstown.
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