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With Spring approaching in the beautiful regions of Mourne, Gullion and Strangford you can expect gardens, parks and mountains bursting with colourful flowers. April is a lovely time of year to visit our area.

Hopefully, with some warm Spring sunshine on the way, you can enjoy a pleasant walk on the beaches or appreciate an outside view while sipping on a coffee or enjoying a pint out in one of the many beer gardens.

Spring Gardens

Springtime in the gardens and nature reserves are a sight to behold with the many different flowers blooming. Come and visit some of Mourne Gullion Strangford's fabulous gardens to see flowers springing.

Rowallane Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens to visit in Northern Ireland and is often described as a hidden gem. Book one of their seasonal garden tours this spring.  This tour will take you through both the history behind the garden as well as going into detail about the sights, sounds and smells on offer.

Rowallane Gardens, Saintfield & Seaforde Gardens

With an important collection of trees and shrubs, many beautiful and rare species, Castlewellan Arboretum and Annesley Gardens is worth a visit in the Springtime, you can enjoy a picturesque stroll around the gardens.

Seaforde Gardens and Tropical Butterfly House promises a truly plant rich and nature-filled experience for visitors, The gardens also include an arboretum containing champion trees and rare species, it is a sure destination to visit this Spring.

Flower enthusiasts make it a must to visit Castle Ward this Spring to stroll through the Victorian garden that features over 4,000 bulbs in 61 beds, it is a kaleidoscope of colour to see in Springtime.

If you want to enjoy some magnificent views, surrounded by gorgeous plant life, visit the Barn Gallery and Rose Gardens set in a stone-built farmyard along the coast, enjoy your afternoon out surrounded with climbing roses, shrubs and herbaceous plants.

The Barn Gallery & Rose Garden, Killough

Look out for Lambs

Spring means it's time for fluffy, cute, little lambs. For the opportunity to see and feed the lambs take the family for a visit to Mountpanther Farm Park suitable for a family day out.

Fort Evergreen Pet & Play Farm is another option to see some lambs offering visitors the promise of thrilling adventures and delightful animal encounters.

If you decide to do some hiking over the Spring season you also might see some lambs upon your travels up the mountains!

Out in Nature

Connect with nature this spring with a walk out in one of our forest parks, nature reserves or mountain hikes. With flowers blooming all around, its time get outside and awaken your senses.

For inspiration on getting the most out of your trip read our blog Jump into the great outdoors and make the most of your visit.

Book a trip to Mourne, Gullion and Strangford this April

If you fancy a short break this April, come stay in one of our wonderful areas, there are plenty of places to stay from cosy cottages, fabulous spa hotels, spacious self-catering accommodations perfect for families.

Rowallane Garden
The National Trust
Rowallane Garden

This unique garden has grown from the 19th century beginnings of the Reverend John Moore and his nephew Hugh Armytage Moore. Their vision created a place where you can leave the world behind and immerse yourself in nature's beauty.

Castlewellan Arboretum and Annesley Gardens
View of the Annesley Walk in Castlewellan Forest Park

The Castlewellan Arboretum and Annesley Garden is situated north of the foothills of the Mourne Mountains in County Down, Northern Ireland.

Seaforde Gardens and Tropical Butterfly House
Nature and Wildlife
Seaforde Gardens and Tropical Butterfly House

Seaforde Gardens, Maze and Tropical Butterfly House promises a truly plant rich and nature-filled experience for visitors. Situated in the historic Demesne of Seaforde in County Down, which has been a family home for almost 400 years, visitors will discover an historic walled garden that has something for everyone.

Castle Ward
The National Trust
Castle Ward

Discover a place of contrasts and creativity at Castle Ward, an eccentric 18th century mansion and estate looking out over the tranquil waters of Strangford Lough in County Down where visitors can explore cultivated gardens, sheltered woodland and the shoreline.


The Barn Gallery and tea room is set in a stone built farmyard and exhibits landscapes in oils of the Lecale, Mourne and Gullion area. The rose gardens contain circa 300 roses of 100 varieties. A rose walk leads up hill to a stunning view point across Dundrum Bay to Newcastle, Kilkeel and the Mournes. The down hill walks is through massed planting of roses and Dahlias to a sun flower planting in season.

Mountpanther Farm Park
Open Farm
Pot Bellied Pig

We are a family run farm park based just outside Newcastle, County Down. Established in 2017, we have been providing families with unforgettable experiences and lasting memories for over 5 years now.

Fort Evergreen Pet & Play Farm
Open Farm
bottle feeding fort evergreen

Our play farm offers a huge indoor soft play area with four dragon slides and a massive free-fall slide, Busy-Bee barrel train ride, zipline & outdoor adventure fort including slides, net bridges & climbing walls. Interact with our amazing animals in our nursery & outdoor paddocks where you will be able to cuddle & feed them.