Once the home of Lord Castlereagh, this 18th-century house sits on the eastern shore of Strangford Lough. Its lush gardens were named one of the 10 best in the world by Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper in 2014, and are a candidate for UNESCO World Heritage status. An impressive array of unusual plants flourish here, due to a rare mild microclimate—the gardens almost never experience bad frosts. Inside the house, the excellent art collection includes the Hambletonian by George Stubbs and family portraits by Pompeo Batoni and Anton Raphael Mengs. The Temple of the Winds, a fine 18th-century banqueting house, is also on the estate, but it’s only open on Sunday afternoons (and not in winter). Admission to the house is by guided tour only.
Ards Peninsula› Attraction
Mount Stewart House, Garden and Temple of the Winds
Portaferry Rd., Newtownards, Co. Down, BT22 2AD
Our Rating Hours House: Mar–Oct daily 11am–5pm; Nov–Dec weekends 11am–3pm. Gardens: Mar–Oct daily 10am–6pm; Nov–Feb daily 10am–4pm. Temple: Mar–Oct Sun 2–5pm; closed Nov–Mar. Last admission 1 hr before closing. Phone 028/4278-8387 Prices House and Lakeside Garden: £9.50 adults; £4.70 children; £23.50 families Web site Mount Stewart House, Garden and Temple of the Winds
MapPortaferry Rd., Newtownards, Co. Down, BT22 2AD Ards Peninsula
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