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“Good family day”
Review of Mount Stewart

Mount Stewart
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Newtownards
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 8, 2014

We live close by and as members of the National Trust we have been here many times.
It is a good family day out, providing you get reasonable weather!
The gardens are well laid out with lots to see with very different styles of gardens around every corner. There is an area where you can purchase plants too.The lake walk is always popular and a slight incline up to the family crypt. A tour of the house is well worth doing, offering a good insight into the local history.
They have craft fairs and music venues at various different times, all very busy.
There is a nice little cafe with a good choice of food, if a little on the pricey side. Plenty of nice areas to picnic though. In high summer there is even an ice man on a bike!
My only criticism, and I say this as a member, is the often snotty attitude of some of the staff. Most of whom are volunteers. It's enough to put us off going now.

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Reviewed August 7, 2014

Although the house tour was very limited as it is still undergoing major renovations, all staff we met were incredibly enthusiastic about all going on. John Thompson in particular spent a great deal of time with what limited space and resources he had making great conversation with us. The children loved climbing a tree, a great many to choose from. The lake walk was very interesting too for them with various displays of wild art to interest them.

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Reviewed August 2, 2014

The garden at Mount Stuart is fantastic, wonderful collection of perennial plants, in an atractive setting. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed July 31, 2014

Lovely NT property and gardens. Good tea shop with homemade buns and cake. Yummy after a brisk walk.

Thank Heather C
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Reviewed July 27, 2014

I visited the gardens and house recently, the gardens are great and tour was brilliant well worth taking round the gardens the guides were very knowledgeable. Was disappointed that house was under restoration as there was really nothing to see inside the house. Hope to go back when house is finished. Great shop and café facilities and staff all very friendly.

Thank sharan g
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