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Mount Stewart is a neo-classical family home with some of the most unique gardens in the world.
Voted as one of the top ten gardens in the world, Mount Stewart reflects a rich tapestry of design and planting artistry bearing the hallmark of its creator. Edith, Lady Londonderry’s passion for bold planting schemes coupled with the mild climate of Strangford Lough allows rare and tender plants from across the globe to thrive in this celebrated garden.
Each of the formal gardens exudes a distinct character and appeal and further afield visitors can enjoy the beautifully landscaped and informal grounds surrounding the picturesque lake walk. Visitors can stroll through the gardens in their own time or avail of one of our guided garden tours (with one of our knowledgeable gardening team) to the formal gardens and beyond.
The Londonderry’s family home reopens its doors in April 2015 following a three year £7 million restoration programme. Come and see how this transformation has changed the house including new rooms on show, the opportunity to see nationally and internationally significant family portraits, stunning silver collections and other family treasures.
For the first time four brand new, never before seen rooms will be accessible to the public. All existing rooms within the house will also be re-presented and interpreted, with textiles, carpets and curtains. There will be new collections featuring paintings and artefacts on show for the first time and there will be one of the most significant silver displays in the Trust’s care exhibited.
Visitors can enjoy and explore the house at their leisure through free flow tours. Throughout their journey the story of Edith, Lady Londonderry and the Londonderry family will be interpreted and visitors can view a unique exhibition revealing the story of the Restoration Project and its legacy. There is also an exciting repeat visitor offer as new rooms will be opened periodically over the coming years to reveal more of the Londonderry family story.