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“Great gardens but come back for the house when renovations over”

Mount Stewart House
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Newtownards
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Remarkable 18th-century house and 98-acre garden that reflect the rich history of the Stewart family who played a leading role in British social and political life.
Reviewed September 27, 2013

Once again I enjoyed taking friends to the National Trust's Mount Stewart. The gardens are a must, at any time of year for a garden lover - especially any lovers of topiary, one day I'll be able to stay long enough to explore the whole park. it's fun for children too with the statues of monkeys, and many more domestic, wild, extinct and mythological animals (an added treat for both children and adults is taking them there via the Strangford Lough ferry, though that only works for you if coming from the Downpatrick direction. The house was disappointing this year as it's in mid renovation and when we went the upstairs and the kitchens were closed. The tour guide was, as ever, informative, but the spiel does need a work over to maintain the interest of those less familiar with the historical figures described - it needs an injection of quirky stories, as you get at Castle Ward, down the road. Even the visitor I took commented on that, though she loved the elegance of the ground floor of the house. The cafe does excellent soups and has the fine array of cakes which you come to expect in Northern Ireland.

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Reviewed September 26, 2013

The grounds were kept nicely. The house was big. The lake that it sat on was beautiful. Cows were close to the road. The house was not open until 1300. We did not get to tour it.

Thank Jill D
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

I have to say that Mount Stewart is one of my favourite places to visit. It's worth checking to see what's on at the estate as there are various events throughout the year. Every Father's Day there is a classic car event, which is well worth a visit. There are numerous classic cars in mint condition on display, and various stalls in keeping with the yesteryear theme. All of this to the sound of a band playing 40's music. There is usually a burger van, Dinky Donuts and ice cream available, as well as the cafe with seating inside and out. Mount Stewart is dog-friendly and your canine friend is welcome on lead, with water bowls provided. Every year, there is also a dog event which features many of the rescue charities, such as Assisi Animal Sanctuary and Therapy dogs and Newfie rescue. There are usually clicker and agility displays as well. Another fun event is the Jazz and picnic afternoon. A very relaxing way to spend a lazy afternoon. All this and I haven't even mentioned the beautiful house and the stunning gardens. The attraction is wheelchair friendly and there are plenty of easily accessible toilets as well. Prices are available on the website and is free to National Trust members. Even the drive along the coast road from Newtownards to Mount Stewart is a pleasant experience to add to your visit.

Thank rmags_
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

I visited with a tour group and we had time to go through the gardens and tour the house. The gardens are beautiful with all kinds of different flowers and foliage. The house tour was limited because of renovation, but the guide was very informative and I really enjoyed the parts of the house we saw.

Thank travelbug281
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

I found it difficult to form an opinion of the house as such a lot ot much needed renovations was being carried out. However the formal gardens more than made up for it and were worth the visit alone..

Thank JockBerks
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