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For the first time in its history, this mystical and enchanting estate, set in magnificent natural surroundings, is open to visit.

Nestled in the picturesque County Down countryside, Montalto is a privately-owned demesne steeped in history dating back to the 1600s. It is famously the site of ‘The Battle of Ballynahinch’ which took place during the Irish rebellion in 1798. It is also home to an exotic plant collection initially created by ‘The Father of Irish Gardening’, Sir Arthur Rawdon.

Montalto Estate aims to reconnect visitors with nature through access to a range of captivating gardens and beautiful walks and trails. The visitor experience includes: public access to the estate’s beautiful gardens along with unique and surprising garden features; historic walks and trails; and an exciting play area where children can explore, learn and wonder at their natural surroundings. A purpose built centre, designed in keeping with the look and feel of the estate, includes a welcome area featuring interpretation of the estate’s history; a stylish café offering flavoursome and beautifully presented food; and a shop that offers a mix of estate produce, local craft products and many other unique and exceptionally designed items.

The beautiful gardens include an Alpine Garden, a Winter Garden, a Cutting Garden, a Walled Garden, a Formal Garden, a Lost Garden and the Orchard situated within a wildflower meadow. Both the Winter Garden and Alpine Garden will always be accessible whilst the other gardens will be accessible whenever possible as they are working gardens. Four champion trees are located around the lake and the pinetum and over the past three years over 30,000 trees have been planted here.

Active families will enjoy the Woodland Trail and low wood. The impressive purpose built tree house, which was handcrafted onsite, features rope bridges, monkey bars and treetop views kids of all ages will enjoy. Mini explorers can enjoy the smaller tree house and natural play area. Everything within this area has been designed to fuel the imagination through exploration and discovery.

For tranquil and picturesque walks you can enjoy the stunning views of The Lake Walk and The Garden Walk. Catch a glimpse of some of the wonderful wildlife that calls Montalto Estate their home or simply take in the beautiful seasonal displays and reconnect with nature.
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  • Spa Road
  • Ballynahinch
  • Down
  • BT24 8PT

Top Reasons To Visit

  • Discover their five magnificent Trails to explore
  • Fun for all the family
  • They have an impressive Low Wood Play park
  • On the History Trail, explore the Battle of Ballynahinch site
  • Finally, relax in their award-winning Café

Santa at Montalto

22.75 KM
10 - 22 Dec 2023
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What could be more magical at Christmas time, than a visit to meet Santa Claus himself, in the warmth of the Montalto House library?

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Bring Your Dog to Visit Santa

22.75 KM
Sat, 16 Dec 2023, 10:00am

Popular now more than ever, Montalto are excited to offer you the chance to… Bring Your Dog & Visit Santa in The Carriage Rooms!

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Winter Blues Floral Workshop

22.75 KM
Sun, 21 Jan 2024, 12:00pm

In the stunning surroundings of Montalto Estate, learn how to arrange your very own Winter Floral Arrangement in their new venue, The Coach House.

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Twilight Tea in The Café

22.75 KM
Fri, 26 Jan 2024, 7:00pm

Enjoy a Twilight Tea in the ambient setting of The Café at Montalto.

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Afternoon Tea & Tour in Montalto House

22.75 KM
Sat, 27 Jan 2024, 1:00pm
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Feel like a Georgian guest at Montalto House. Your visit will begin with a warm welcome and an introduction to the rich history of Montalto Estate.

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Kid’s Pancake Masterclass

22.75 KM
Tue, 13 Feb 2024, 12:00pm

Have a flippin’ wonderful Pancake Day at Montalto on the 13th of February.

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Valentine’s Pizza Night at Montalto

22.75 KM
Wed, 14 Feb 2024, 6:00pm

Take a little stress out of the day and surprise a loved one by joining us this Valentine's for a romantic Pizza Night that we hope…

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Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea in Montalto House

22.75 KM
Sat, 09 Mar 2024, 12:00pm
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Celebrate in style this Mother's Day with a delectable afternoon Tea in Montalto House.

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