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Clandeblog 5 beautiful walled gardens you must visit in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is home to some beautiful and historic walled gardens. From colourful flower beds to seasonal events, these walled gardens offer the perfect day out.

1. Helen's Bay walled garden

Helen's Bay walled garden

Helen’s Bay walled garden is a hidden gem. This listed Victorian walled kitchen garden produces organic fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers. From the seasonal farm shop to a native wildflower meadow, this is the ideal spot to enjoy nature.

Enjoy a range of events throughout the year at Helen’s Bay walled garden which focus on nourishing your wellbeing. Why not take part in one of their yoga, meditation and brunch sessions?

2. Bangor Castle walled garden

Bangor Castle walled garden

Another beautiful walled garden in Northern Ireland is the Bangor Castle walled garden. Explore four distinct sections - the kitchen garden, the herb and topiary garden, the swamp garden and the flower garden. It’s a beautiful spot to enjoy a picnic!

The Bangor Castle walled garden hosts various events throughout the year. One not to miss is the Open House Festival with its range of concerts, theatre and classic film events.

3. Glenarm Castle walled garden

Glenarm Castle walled garden

Dating back to the 18th century, Glenarm Castle walled garden is one of Ireland’s oldest walled gardens. Stroll through the herbaceous borders, beautiful water features, fruit and vegetable gardens, and colourful floral displays.

Don’t miss the Annual Tulip Festival which showcases a magnificent display of tulips in the walled garden! For 2023, the event is taking place over the May Bank Holiday weekend (29th April - 1st May). There will also be a range of family activities, craft stalls and a range of food and drink.

4. Rowallane walled garden

Rowallane walled garden

The National Trust’s Rowallane walled garden is often described as a hidden gem in Northern Ireland. Situated in Ballynahinch, this walled garden boasts rhododendrons and magnolias amongst the collection of trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants, edibles and bulbs.

Throughout the year, you can enjoy seasonal events at Rowallane Garden such as their Easter Adventure Trail, Spring Plant Fair and various themed guided walks.

5. Hillsborough Castle walled garden

Hillsborough Castle walled garden

The walled garden at Hillsborough Castle is a four-acre site that was historically used to produce fruit, vegetables and flowers for the castle. From its dipping pond, herbaceous borders and apple orchard, it’s a wonderful day out.

From wreath making and flower arranging to guided garden tours and workshops, there are plenty of events that take place at Hillsborough Castle. Plus, don’t miss the annual Hillsborough Daffodil Show!

Gardens at Clandeboye Lodge

At Clandeboye Lodge, we are passionate about our gardens and have recently made significant investments to enhance their beauty. Why not come and experience them after enjoying a meal at the Coq & Bull brasserie or following a relaxing stay?

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