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“Beautiful” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rowallane Garden

Rowallane Garden
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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155 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2013

A riot of colour with lots of different walks through many different varieties of flowers. there is a walled garden and a natural rock garden. Well worth a visit

Visited July 2012
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North Wales, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“Can only get better!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2013

My wife and I visited Rowallane Garden late afternoon on Easter Sunday when there was still lots of snow in the grounds. We had never been to Rowallane before so it was interesting listening to the polite gentleman on the gate who proudly told us about the National Trust's ambitious plans to upgrade the gardens to the best in the UK. He explained that the gardens were not at their best right now because of tree damage etc caused by the heavy snow and cold weather.

We had a walk around the Woodland, Pleasure ground and Pond area, takes about 20 minutes, and finished up in the Walled Garden, but to be honest, we were not all that impressed with what we saw, especially having just been to the spectacular Mount Stewart gardens on the Good Friday. Maybe Rowallane might look a bit better when the weather improves and everything is in bloom and more colourful. It was a bitterly cold day, so after our walk, we were really looking forward to a hot drink in their new cafe, but very disappointingly, it and also the gift and garden shops, had closed early! Not a good advert for Rowallane Garden and its's ambitious plans for the future!

Visited March 2013
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“A lovely garden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2013

Not quite as interesting as Mount Stewart. Its definitely a spring garden, planted with heaps of rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias. Grassy walks lead you from one colourful spectacle to another. Beautiful specimen trees form an elegant backdrop. There is a walled garden which has been restored. A new café has been planned but I'm not sure if it is open yet. The blue meconopsis poppy, pictured here, is a feature of this garden, revelling in its acid soil.

Visited May 2012
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“Lovely gardens and staff. Food... not so good.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2013

Just want to say first the staff were informative and friendly. It's very sad to hear that people who've worked for over a decade on rose bushes and lovely plants have to watch them die in the recent frost. We visited when there was still lots of snow on the ground. We hope to go back and see it in bloom.

The food at the cafe- I cannot recommend it at all. It was a very long wait for lunch. They were not set up for lunch at 12:30pm, and a loooong queue formed.

And our sandwiches were really, well, nasty. My husband's squished ham panini was floppy and moist. Yeesh. My bread tasted stale or dry, and yet soggy. Weird.

To be fair, there was a sign on the wall saying that they were training new staff. Maybe things will get better?

I just would recommend maybe you pack a picnic lunch! But don't miss this lovely place.

Visited March 2013
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“A well loved garden has had a make-over”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2013

Rowallane gardens owned by the National Trust just outside the village of Saintfield have long been a favourite place for a peaceful stroll. However, as we were away for a large part of 2012 it is well over 6 months since we were last there. There has been a transformation. The house which used to be the HQ for the NT in Northern Ireland has now a shop and cafe in the ground floor with the offices relocated to the courtyard. The conversion has been well done. Where my reservations are focused, however, relates to the parts of the gardens which have been extensively opened up with large gravel paths. Presumably, these changes are designed to attract families pushing buggies. No doubt the rather stark paths will mellow over time but we are delaying our judgment on what has been done: we do have reservations.

Visited March 2013
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