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A fresh look at spring with the National Trust

Young couple enjoying a day out at Mussenden Temple at the Downhill Demesne, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
Young couple enjoying a day out at Mussenden Temple at the Downhill Demesne, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
Children running in the Lime Avenue in the garden at The Argory, County Armagh.

Are you a scenery seeker, family explorer or romantic reveller? Immerse yourself in the great outdoors this spring at the National Trust’s places and spaces.

Romantic relics

Mussenden Temple

With the roar of the sea as your soundtrack, you can roam through romantic trails to the awe-inspiring cliff-top temple overlooking the sea.

Divis & Black Mountain

Walk amidst the unspoiled romance of nature as you take in the magnificent views of Lough Neagh, Strangford Lough, the Mourne Mountains and the city of Belfast.

Crom

Take a romantic walk through the tranquil landscape of islands, woodland and historic ruins. To make the most of your trip you can even stay overnight in one of the cosy cottages.

Family freedom

Castle Ward

Wrap up warm and discover the stunning scenery of Strangford Lough. As you go, get the kids to look out for the winter wildlife hiding around the estate.

Mount Stewart

Take the kids on a fun-filled adventure around Mount Stewart. With idyllic gardens, natural play areas and fun tracker packs available on request, it’s a great day out for the whole family.

The Argory

Take a family stroll through Lime Tree Walk as spring awakens the senses or take in the River Walk and look out for kingfishers.

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Children running in the Lime Avenue in the garden at The Argory, County Armagh.

Seasonal treasures

Snowdrop Strolls

As winter comes to an end, we will start to see a blanket of beautiful snowdrops breaking through the frost. This welcome sign of spring is a sight to behold. Look out for the snowdrops on the map to find a stunning snowdrop stroll, and find out more here.

Annual Spring Bulb Plant

We’re making plans for even more snowdrops at our spaces and places. Join us at Castle Coole, Co. Fermanagh on Sunday, March 3, 12noon-4pm and help us on our mission to plan over 100,000 snowdrops. You can find out more about this event here.

Mindful Meander

Make a move for wellness this spring and embark on a Mindful Meander through Rowallane Garden. This scenic and self-guided walk is a treat for both the body and the mind.

Cushendun Beach Clean

Grab your wellies and join our ranger team on the freshest of spring cleans! On Friday, March 1 from 10am-12noon, we’re picking litter on Cushendun Beach to help keep this place beautiful and safe for visitors and wildlife to enjoy. Find out more about this event here.

Jo’s Walks – Woodlands

The ever-popular Jo’s Walks series returns on Saturday, March 2, 2pm-4.30pm. Join us on a ramble through the wonderous woodlands of Murlough National Nature Reserve, identifying trees and looking at how the sycamore and hazel woodlands have developed. Find out more here.

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