Kilkenny Castle: A Regal Encounter with History
- Ireland's Ancient East, Kilkenny, Things to do
- 22 March 2023
Located on the shores of Strangford Lough in County Down, Mount Stewart is a 19th-century house and one of Northern Ireland's most beloved family homes. After undergoing an extensive £8 million restoration program, the house has been significantly transformed, making it a must-see attraction on the island of Ireland.
Voted as one of the top ten gardens in the world, Mount Stewart's gardens reflect a rich tapestry of design and planting artistry, showcasing the passion of its creator, Edith, Lady Londonderry. Her love for bold planting schemes and the mild climate of Strangford Lough allows rare and tender plants from across the globe to thrive in this celebrated garden. Visitors can explore a series of formal themed garden compartments around the house, including The Italian, Spanish, Mairi, and Shamrock Garden, each exuding a distinct character and appeal.
Beyond the formal gardens, visitors can enjoy the beautifully landscaped and informal grounds surrounding the picturesque lake walk. The walled rose garden is gradually being brought back to life, and the recently extended Fernery houses many ferns. The Shamrock Garden reflects Edith's love of Irish mythology, with topiary depicting a children's story and a Formorian statue being created, associated with Strangford Lough.
For a different view of Mount Stewart, visitors can stroll around miles of new walking trails, discovering a landscape lost in time. The trails take visitors through magical woodland and farmland, set within an iconic rolling drumlin landscape beside Strangford Lough, with stunning views from the Temple of the Winds.