With tropical climates, rugged landscapes and nurtured terrains, the gardens of Northern Ireland will lead you to some of the finest stately homes, most peaceful rivers and colourful flowerbeds. There are many beautiful gardens to be explored in Northern Ireland, so many, the list could go on forever. So, we have picked out 5 of the most beautiful gardens in Northern Ireland.
Lisburn Castle Gardens, Lisburn
Lisburn Castle Gardens is well known as the most historically significant open space in Lisburn, just outside Belfast. The grounds were once the site of the 17th century fortified manor house, Lisburn Castle, which was destroyed in a fire. In 1903, the gardens were gifted to Lisburn for use as a public park and since then Lisburn City Council has restored both the upper 19th century gardens and the 17th century terraces. The restoration of the gardens uncovered many artefacts and important features such as a double flight staircase and gazebo. Other artefacts that was found in the garden can be viewed in Lisburn Museum.
Glenveagh Castle Gardens
One of six National Parks, Glenveage Castle Gardens consists of 27-acres of both cultivated gardens and natural beauties. There’s nowhere else in Ireland where you will see such a contrast between the rugged landscape and nurtured gardens. The castle and gardens are constructed in a remote mountain setting, overlooking the shores of Lough Vaegh. Not only will you find a wealth of colourful flowers and plants in the gardens, there’s a fantastic variety of statues, urns and other sculptural works too. The gardens here are made up by the Walled Garden, Pleasure Grounds and Woodland Gardens, each are entirely unique.
Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Established in 1828 in the heart of Belfast City, Belfast Botanic Gardens is a popular spot amongst locals, students, tourists and is even used as a venue for events too. The Botanic Gardens is home to the Palm House, containing a range of tropical plants, hanging baskets, seasonal displays and birds of paradise, and the Tropical Ravine, which features some of the oldest seed plants around today, as well as banana, cinnamon, bromeliad and orchid plants. There are various walking routes around the gardens as well as a children’s playpark and bowling green. It’s no wonder the Botanic Gardens has been awarded the Green Flag Award every year from 2011 to 2019.
Antrim Castle Gardens
Dating back to 400 years ago with over four centuries of culture and heritage, Antrim Castle Gardens is a true historical gem. As part of a £6million restoration project, the gardens are part of historical site that is preserved for years to come. Visitors will feel like they have stepped into a time machine when they stroll around the setting with its beautiful features such as the Large Parterre, Her Ladyship’s Pleasure Garden and the Yew Tree Pond. In the centre of the garden stands the exquisite Clotworthy House, once home to the Massereene family, where visitors can learn about the garden’s history and the lives of the family members. Free guided tours are available and there is an onsite Garden Visitor Shop and Garden Coffee Shop.
Florence Court Gardens
Florence Court is surrounded by the stunning parkland and woodland of the West Fermanagh countryside. The grounds here consist of the Pleasure Garden, Summer House, Florence Court Yew, Walled Garden, and of course the Palladian style building, Florence Course House. Gardeners know Florence Court Gardens as the well-known home of the Irish Yew tree, Taxus baccata Fastigiata. The original tree has been present at Florence Court since around 1760 and can still be seen on the fringe of Cottage Wood.
Check out our Gardens of Northern Ireland package here if you’d like to visit some of these scenic wonders. This is a looped/circular route to get you from either of the two airports in Belfast City, or from Belfast Port. To find out more, you can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.