Gardens Open

It takes a generous person to open their garden to the public for the enjoyment of others. Here lists about 300 gardens open for visiting, some year-round, others by appointment, and be sure to phone ahead.

Sunken Garden at Castle Ward


The Sunken Garden is being restored to a high-Victorian arrangement with a kaleidoscope of colours and plants. Working to recreate the garden in Mary Ward’s painting of 1864 and make the place a real showpiece. The project will include removing the pond, and installing 61 parterres (ornamental beds).

  • Name:Sunken Garden at Castle Ward
  • Address:Strangford Downpatrick, Co. Down
  • Phone:(048)/ (028) 44881204
  • Website:
  • Contact: Andy Dainty, Head Gardener
  • Opening Times:Stableyard and Farmyard open at 10am. House: Last admission one hour before closing. Timed tickets apply to guided house tours. Cornmill demonstrations on Sundays, 2-5pm, 1 April - 30 September, Gates open when grounds open. Closed 25 - 26 December.
  • Memberships:NatT