Mount Stewart House and Gardens including Temple of the Winds

Mount Stewart House and Gardens are situated on the shores of Strangford Lough.The famous neo-classical house and gardens at this wildlife haven were planted in the 1920s by Edith, Lady Londonderry, and are of international importance.You can take your time to explore the gardens and smell the beautiful flowers. They’re among the finest in Europe.It’s so relaxing and tranquil. There’s a new surprise awaiting you around every corner. You will admire the tranquility of the lake and detail of the lavish formal terraces. There is also a beautiful view to be had from the Temple of the Winds.Mount Stewart house and it’s contents reflect the remarkable history of the family and have been taken on board by the National Trust.

There’s a wonderful house tour, which includes world famous paintings and stories about the prominent guests and the people who have worked there over the centuries.

What you should know about Mount Stewart

This large house and it’s colourful gardens is a great family day out. You should plan to spend the whole day when visiting this attraction.There is a guided tour of the house, which lets you see all the amazing paintings and luxuriously decorated rooms as well as the full history behind them.The gardens are massive and great for kids to explore. I used to play hide and seek in these gardens with my sister when we were younger. We were running around for hoursThere’s also a beautiful walk aound the gardens called the Red Squirrel Walk. It is approx. 1.4mls and you might catch a glimpse of some of the last remaining Red Squirrels in Ireland.

More information about this beautiful place can be found at the National Trust website.

I enjoyed a lovely day out with my family and friends at this picturesque and colourful house and gardens.The weather was dry and bright and we could think of no better way to celebrate a spot of sunshine than by packing a picnic and chilling out listening to a brass band on the lawn.

We have friends that play with Ballyduff Silver Band and knew that they were going to be performing a concert that day at Mount Stewart.

It was going to be a ‘party in the park’ sort of atmosphere, so we rolled up a blanket and prepared a small picnic to take with us.

It couldn’t have worked out better.The weather was brilliant and there were lots of other people with the same idea. The lawn at the front of the magnificent house was covered with families and their picnics.We left from Belfast around lunchtime and it took us about 45 minutes driving to get there and get parked.The band played for about two hours while we relaxed with our picnic. Afterwards we went for a leisurely stroll around the great lake just behind the house.The flowers and wildlife were breathtaking. So many different colours and smells. We also saw ducks, frogs and a couple of red squirrels.

It was a great family day out. We will definately be doing it again next year. Thanks for reading my story.

Portaferry Road, Newtownards, Co. Down BT22 2AD

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Travel by Bus

Ulsterbus No:10 Belfast–Portaferry, bus stop at gates. For more information, visit the Translink website.

Travel by Bicycle

There doesn’t appear to be a direct cycle route in this area. If you would like help to find the best way to get here on Bicycle, visit the National Cycle Network website.

Travel by Road

The house and gardens are located 15mls SE of Belfast on Newtownards–Portaferry road, A20, 5mls SE of Newtownards. Do you need a hire car?

Travel by Train

The nearest train station is Bangor, which is 10mls from this attraction. For more information, visit the Translink website. Exploris Aquarium – The Exploris Aquarium provides an exhilarating and enlightening day out for the whole family. You can observe many sea creatures in their natural environment including seals, jellyfish, starfish and rays. Culloden Hotel – This prestigious hotel offers a wide range of facilities for guests, including The Spa for those in need of a little pampering. It is located beside the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. Approx. 4mls outside Belfast City Centre. If you enjoyed your visit to this attraction, then why not leave us a comment about it. Similarly, if you didn’t enjoy your visit, then also let us know so we can warn other visitors.

Molly Goble from UK writes:

Is mount stewart gardens wheelchair friendly?

Response From Mark (Northern Ireland Travel)

There is separate parking for mobility access, approx 100yds. from the entrance and also a drop-off point. The main building has a level entrance and has wheelchairs available to borrow. Booking is essential as there are only four. The other floors have stairs.There are toilet facilities at the reception area/car park. The grounds are partly accessible with loose gravel paths. There is a map of the accessible route around the grounds. Available to borrow are three single-seater PMVs. Again booking is essential.The shop and refreshments area also have a level entrance.

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