Mount Stewart
Mount Stewart
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Mount Stewart is one of the most inspiring and unusual gardens in the National Trust's ownership. The garden reflects a rich tapestry of design and great planting artistry that was the hallmark of Edith, Lady Londonderry. The mild climate of Strangford Lough allows astonishing levels of planting experimentation. The formal areas exude a strong Mediterranean feel and resemble an Italian villa landscape; the wooded areas support a range of plants from all corners of the world, ensuring something to see whatever the season. Mount Stewart House re-opened after our 3 year long restoration project. We've brought back the elegance and charm of the house when it was home of the 7th Marchioness Edith, Lady Londonderry and her family in the early 20th century and we look forward to welcoming you to enjoy in all its splendor. Six kilometers of walking trails wind through a landscape ‘lost in time’ and establishes Mount Stewart’s reputation as one of the best-preserved Irish country demesnes.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Victoria D
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem
    We weren't planning on coming here, but found it by accident and we are so glad we did. So much rich history in this house. The house is also stunning to look at and the items on display are wonderfully preserved. The gardens were beautiful also. We are planning on coming back again when we are back over in N.Ireland
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 13, 2023
  • Aisling McC
    37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely day out
    We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Mount Stewart this week. The staff were lovely at reception, making us feel welcome from the get-go. The volunteers were very informative in the house. I loved wandering round and talking to the volunteers about the history of the house. Fiona, Wallace, Jason and Phillip are all examples of people who are very knowledgeable of the place in which they work and they are brilliant at interacting with the public. It would have been lovely to see more of the house, especially the servants' quarters. Beautiful gardens. Lovely coffee and cake in the tea room too! Would definitely recommend this amazing place to all NT members.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 4, 2023
  • SH
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect, dog friendly,no picnic tables,some ares closed in winter.
    Perfect, beautiful, plenty of different walks, a small cafe, (a bit pricey and portions are small but this is usual for national trust), kids natural play park accessed by an inclined pathway which may not be suitable for someone with walking difficulties (no dogs in this kids area). There are NO picnic tables. Dog friendly on leads with a large exercise off lead field. Friendly staff. House tours available. Gift shop and small library. The only down side is that the information leaflets on the ground are limited (because they want you to buy tours or books presumably) so if this is your thing prepare in advance as there's so much history and interesting facts as you walk around it's a shame to miss out. For example the famous Dodo garden figures have a story attached. Find the cork tree, the wooden mushroom hidden by the lake (I say it's were he wood fairies dance when everyone's gone home), visit the rose garden in season, look out for the little pet name plaques for beloved heaven sent pets. Note that if you come in winter that some of the walks are closed so check in advance.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 16, 2023
  • hillfieldjp
    Gloucester, United Kingdom228 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful gardens and treasure filled house
    We spent a couple of hours walking around the gardens and enjoying the different areas and seeing the vast range of plants from all over the world. The volunteers were busy keeping them looking good and we loved the stone statues in the Dodo garden. We walked up to the walled garden and were interested to see how it was being developed. After a very good bowl of soup for lunch in the cafe, we went round the house. This was made particularly enjoyable by the guides who were so knowledgeable and amusing, happy to chat about the house, it’s history and the people who have lived there over the years. Well done to the NT for recruiting such a great group of people to show us around.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 21, 2023
  • benh1692
    Diss, United Kingdom31 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such stunning gardens - not to be missed
    Such stunning gardens! Late July was the perfect time to be there (although obviously that depends on how the weather has been) and the range of plants and the planting was fabulous. The house is also amazing although we were not able to visit all of it and some was closed for renovation. If you like gardens, you must put this on your list. Wonderful.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 29, 2023
  • ian1811
    Scotland, United Kingdom599 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    OMG!
    OMG what a place. And this as a summer residence!! If you are in the area go and visit, you will not be disappointed. The house is stunning. You are a bit restricted due to it still being lived in, but the rooms you are allowed in, WOW! The guides are fantastic with the information, and ask any questions. Take time to wander around the formal gardens and if you wish the grounds.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 16, 2023
  • LPBradley
    33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent facilities for disabled visitors.
    I visited Mount Stewart with my sister. We had phoned a couple of days earlier and booked 2 mobility scooters. We phoned when we arrived and were directed to a car park which was closer to the reception. 2 scooters were delivered to us in the car park by Jenny and Lesley, who then talked us through the facilities and advised where was not accessible on the scooters. We were also told where we could access wheelchairs as they could be used in areas such as the house, where scooters were not permitted. We were accompanied to the reception and shown where we could leave the scooters. My sister was helped into a wheelchair which allowed us to go into the shop and tea room. The scooters were excellent and we were able to go around the estate, which my sister had not been able to do for a long time. The gardens are well kept and accessible. A big thanks to all the staff at Mount Stewart for making our day so easy. We will return soon and would highly recommend it to anyone with mobility issues. You should ring to book the scooters or wheelchairs before you visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 2, 2023
  • Patrick M
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit.
    Interesting place and beautiful grounds. Very helpful and informative staff. One issue was the cafe. Staff were very busy and working hard. Food we got was ok but not all the food on display was covered and flies were landing in some of the slices of cake / traybakes etc . I appreciate it was a very hot day but it was very off putting. Some food was covered but surely more care should be taken.
    Thank you for getting in touch, we value all feedback. We're glad to hear you had a good day. We have passed your feedback onto our tea room team and they have advised that food hygiene is at the fore front of everything they do. The summer time can be a challenge with the natural increase of wasps and bees but please be assured we take it very seriously and will continue to ensure a high standard of food hygiene.
    Written October 4, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Alexandra K
    London, United Kingdom299 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the greats
    A cold and windswept autumn day is possibly not the best time to visit a garden but to it’s credit Mount Stewart was still stunning. A fabulous location on the banks of Strangford Lough and a beautiful house in the middle. It must be magical on a summer’s day.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 28, 2023
  • Lorna B
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extraordinary gardens
    Stunning formal gardens with extensive park land behind, full of interesting trees and shrubs. Well worth doing some of the long walks rather than just focusing on the pretty parts. Interesting house with an interesting history in the middle. Cafe and shop both a bit sub par but that’s not the reason for a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
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Amy
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
Yesterday my friends and family surprised me with my hen party here. The first hen to be hosted at Mount Stewart!
Firstly they allowed me to be driven exclusively up to the front door where I was greeted by Mark,our host for the day. He was fantastic. He was so knowledgeable about the house and its history, as well as funny and engaging. We had a private tour of the house with him (plus some extras!)
We then had a fully prepared afternoon tea in the function room. Margaret did a fantastic job! The food was fantastic with a great selection of warm and cold, savoury and sweet. We had fizzy elderflower and tea or coffee with it. Laminated pretty menus set the place for each person, with pretty fine china and smart linen napkins.
Additionally we were treated by Mark to a private exhibition from the house which we all enjoyed thoroughly.
We were allowed to take photos throughout the house and Mark was a great sport taking photos for us as a group. As well as with the hen!!
We were not rushed and were able to do games and photos afterwards.
I cannot recommend this experience enough for anyone wanting a slightly different hen. We had a wide range of some of us in our 20's,as young as 17 right up to 84. And everyone had such a laugh.
Thank you Mount Stewart for a lovely day fit for a Princess!
Written March 15, 2020
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Hi Amy, Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are so glad you enjoyed your day and will make sure that your lovely comments are passed on to Margaret, Mark and the team. They had a great time!! Wishing you a fantastic wedding and hope to see you back at Mount Stewart again soon!! Mount Stewart Team
Written March 16, 2020
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mornylovescotland
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
This was our first visit to Mount Stewart , what a stunning house , the dining room was amazing especially the layout of the table including place cards featuring many well known people from history who had stayed at the house. Paul our guide was a lovely knowledgeable Gentleman. The coffee shop had a limited range of Fayre, however it was reasonably priced and the staff were extremely pleasant, as were the reception ladies. Thank you for a pleasant visit.
Written January 16, 2020
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mervneill
Newtownards, UK84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My wife and I are both members of the National Trust and this place is just down the road from us. I suppose we are fortunate in that respect.
It is lovely in any weather to do the walk around the lake and notice how the colours in each season change each time.
It's lovely to see everything come to life with the advent of Spring.
The main house is well worth a visit and the staff are well informed about all aspects of it. The formal gardens are beautiful in the Summer.
Red squirrels can be seen off the beaten track at the newly opened hide.
The small cemetery is worth a look even though for private reasons it's not open to the public.
The shop and cafe do a roaring trade and the second-hand book department has some great bargains.
Check for special events that are put on through the year from Jazz to Halloween.
This place really does lift the spirits and is always our 'go to place' for that reason so no excuse try it and see for yourself.
Written January 26, 2020
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KH_VW
Bangor, UK7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We are National trust members and visit on a weekly basis. Mount Stewart is an Excellent property, stunning grounds etc/ reception staff are 1st class however it’s badly let down by a very poor cafe. Food is awful , hygiene standards are very poor, trays of scones are never covered. Tables are never promptly cleared and cleaned after use, some of the staff seem to think is acceptable to lift used dishes but leave crumbs and stains, this even happens during off peak periods. We visit on a weekly basis and it’s nice to have a coffee after our walk, unfortunately we nearly always have to ask for a table to be cleared and cleaned, I dread to think what the food prep area is like. We have highlighted these issues before on the comments card but nothing seems to happen.

Surely Mount Stewart can run an efficient cafe with good hygiene standards this is even more critical during the current pandemic .
Written March 17, 2020
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ChrisNI10
Belfast, NI26 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
Very disappointed with the decision to restrict the gift shop (and cafe) to paying visitors only. Unfortunately after making a trip to buy a few NT items as a gift (and a coffee with guests), I was told there was a £13 entry fee per person. Granted the unfortunate reason was that people were accessing the garden through the gift shop. Surely that’s a logistical problem rather than making a gift shop for paying members only? I assume the gift shop was good for generating further income - perhaps even on a pouring wet day or dark winter afternoons? This is the ONLY NI National Trust property to adopt the members/paying guests entry into a gift shop. Beggars belief that sadly because of some flaunting the system every one else is locked down. Unfortunately the only option is to buy NT cards and gifts is via another more user-friendly property.
Written September 28, 2023
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Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate the opportunity to explain our approach regarding shop and tearoom access.  We made the decision to follow the operational process of other pay for entry National Trust properties to reserve access to our retail and food & beverage outlets for National Trust Members and paying visitors. Unfortunately, we had been seeing increasing incidences of non-members asking to use these facilities and then accessing the property without paying admission which was very challenging for our team to address and unfair to those who pay their membership or admission fee to this wonderful property. This was to ensure that we were providing a fair and consistent message to all our visitors.  This information is noted on signage as you access the main visitor route to reception and is noted on our website under Eating & Shopping section stating, ‘normal admission applies, National Trust members free’, however, we have also added this to our opening times section of our website for clarity. We know this may be disappointing but do hope this explains why this decision has been taken.  
Written October 4, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Helen D
Whitehead, UK81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We had a lovely time here today. My husband and I decided to take a guided tour around the house. As it is winter not all of the house was open. Ian was a very friendly guide. He was very knowledgeable and expertly guided us around the house and was able to give us an insight into life in the house.
After the tour we went to the cafe for a pleasant lunch, served by pleasant, friendly staff.
We finished our visit to this truly lovely NT property by a walk around the lake.
Written January 30, 2020
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Elle_M7
Belfast167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Mount Stewart is a magical place with beautiful gardens all year round. Staff are friendly and there is a lovely gift and book shop. Tour of the house is very interesting.

My only gripe is the cafe - I paid £6.25 for a bowl of soup and had to pay an extra £1.50 for some wheaten bread with it. The bread was wrapped in plastic and taken out of the refrigerator so was hard and dry. Nearly £8 for a bowl of soup and 2 slices of dry bread in a cafe where you have to queue up with a tray is a bit ridiculous! Next time I'll bring a picnic.
Written November 4, 2023
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Noneof Y
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
What could be nicer than a walk in a beautiful garden?
Well, that's what I thought anyway as I paid the exorbitant fee for entry at 2pm (two and a half hours before closing time). I intended to have a short walk around the lake and visit the red squirrel hide as I only had a short space of time. Two hours later I was still wandering in a monotonous forest of spindly sycamore (who the heck plants sycamore?) and pine trees following the black arrows on a path that didn't appear on the map at all. At least I had the comfort of knowing that if I scrambled over the high wall I would be back in what passes for civilization down the 'Ards, as there was a busy and very noisy road alongside the boundary wall. I thought, wouldn't it be nice if a tunnel was built to take the traffic underground and away from the forest? This would have the added advantage of permitting access to the beautiful shoreline, so near and yet so inaccessible. I eventually reached the end of the path and was somewhat mollified to discover a wonderfully abundant crop of sweet chestnuts on the ground, some of which I have now planted. This brought my rating up by a few points. Only when I reached my car did I realise that there was an alternative map on the back of the guide booklet detailing the route I had accidentally taken. Wouldn't it be nice if the receptionist had pointed this out? It would certainly have saved me from feeling like Gretel sans Hansel.
Overall, frustrating and more exercise than I had planned, but some enjoyable glimpses of natural beauty. Next time I will have a full day to spend, survival pack and GPS.
Written October 14, 2022
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tomtom88
Larne, UK66 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Have been around the house and garden before but, being a nice day, thought we would go back for a walk around the estate. Ha, big mistake!! £11 each admission fee even if you only wanted a walk and even if you only wanted a cup of tea. National Trust are slowly making their properties out of the reach of the ordinary person. Rip off!!
Written February 24, 2023
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Sam F
14 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
I organised a trip with friends to the area recently. I planned a morning coffee stop with a little shopping at the estate. Two of us had membership cards. We were asked at reception to pay house admission for the 2 non members to avail of the tea rooms and shop. It was so embarrassing and when I explained we only wanted morning coffee I was advised to go on up the road to Harrisons.
Point 1 .. 2 of us could have availed of the shop and sent our friends to wait for us in the car which we would not contemplate.
Point 2 .. I have read the rational behind this decision on another negative post concerning this policy and am so disappointed to see the National Trust enforce this system.
Point 3 .. we did go to Harrisons which was exceptional.. we spent a considerable amount of money in their restaurant and shop which could have been spent in Mountstewart.
Point 4 .. having gone on to Greyabbey it is questionable whether we would actually return to Mountstewart having found better value and service elsewhere.
Very disappointing 😕
Written December 3, 2023
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Dear Sam, Thank you for your feedback. We see you have read the reasoning for the shop and tearoom access policy  and we do understand this is disappointing to you. As we explain below there has been a carefully thought out reason behind this to ensure it is also fair to people paying for a membership and is largely inline with the policies of lots of other visitor attractions in Northern Ireland. We made the decision to follow the operational process of other pay for entry National Trust properties to reserve access to our retail and food & beverage outlets for National Trust Members and paying visitors. Unfortunately, we had been seeing increasing incidences of non-members asking to use these facilities and then accessing the property without paying admission which was very challenging for our team to address and unfair to those who pay their membership or admission fee to this wonderful property. This was to ensure that we were providing a fair and consistent message to all our visitors.  This information is noted on signage as you access the main visitor route to reception and is noted on our website under Eating & Shopping section stating, ‘normal admission applies, National Trust members free’, however, we have also added this to our opening times section of our website for clarity. We hope you do return to Mount Stewart again.
Written January 10, 2024
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