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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

The Walled Garden at The Carriage Rooms

22.75 KM
Sun, 02 Jun 2024, 11:00am

Enjoy an exclusive viewing of the private Walled Garden. Discover the vibrant colours in the beautiful garden with box hedging, feature fountain and glasshouse.

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Pizza Evenings at Montalto

22.75 KM
07 Jun - 29 Nov 2024
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Calling all pizza lovers - get ready to slice into fun! Each Friday, join for pizza evenings at The Café from 5pm - 7pm.

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Classic Cars at Montalto

22.75 KM
Sun, 23 Jun 2024, 11:00am

Spend the day in spectacular scenery surrounded by impressive classic cars to admire at Montalto Estate on the 23rd June.

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Twilight Tea at Montalto

22.75 KM
Fri, 05 Jul 2024, 6:00pm

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

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Princess Day Out at Montalto

22.75 KM
Sun, 07 Jul 2024, 12:30pm

Become enchanted at this princess themed event in The Carriage Rooms at Montalto Estate.

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Summer Sunset Market

22.75 KM
Fri, 19 Jul 2024, 6:00pm

In the heart of The Café at Montalto and Stableyard, celebrate the summer months and enjoy an evening filled with entertainment, nature and relaxation.

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Summer Sips and Seasonal Stems

22.75 KM
Fri, 02 Aug 2024, 6:00pm

In the stunning surroundings of Montalto Estate, learn how to make your very own Floral Summer Bouquet.

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The Summer Finale at Montalto Estate

22.75 KM
Mon, 26 Aug 2024, 11:00am

Enjoy an unforgettable end to the summer season at Montalto Estate.

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Ballynahinch in Bloom

22.75 KM
Sun, 08 Sep 2024, 11:00am

Delight in a Sunday stroll with their Head Gardener Lesley as she directs you through Montalto Estate's natural beauty.

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