You’ll be spoilt for choice with the amount of grand residences on offer in Northern Ireland, including Hillsborough Castle with its royal connections and Mount Stewart, an 18th century mansion with magnificent gardens.
The majestic Hillsborough Castle, just a short journey from Belfast, is the official residence of the Royal Family when they are in Northern Ireland and home of the Secretary of State since the 1970s. You can get a fascinating insight into royal life of the castle with a tour of the elegant State Rooms, still in use today, including the majestic Throne Room and graceful Drawing Room.
Or take a visit to the National Trust’s Mount Stewart House & Gardens, an 18th century mansion with lavish interiors and world class landscaped grounds, recently voted one of the top ten gardens in the world. The garden reflects a rich tapestry of design and great planting artistry that was the hallmark of Edith, Lady Londonderry.
Experience life in Northern Ireland over a century ago and explore one of the most comprehensive transport collections in Europe at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. Encounter costumed locals demonstrating traditional crafts, farm dwellings, schools and shops as well as majestic locomotives, horse-drawn carriages and vintage vehicles.