Routes Europe 2017

The route development forum for Europe

Belfast, Northern Ireland
23 - 25 April 2017

Tour Programme - Historic Houses and Stately Homes

This tour follows the Mourne Coastal Route which hugs the Irish Sea shoreline - you will visit some of Northern Ireland’s most significant heritage assets - great houses and gardens, walk in the steps of Ireland’s saints and experience the beauty of Strangford Lough.

Time Activity
09:00 Depart Belfast 
09:45 

Arrive at Mount Stewart House and Gardens

Situated on the shores of Strangford Lough, this National Trust property recently underwent a major £7 million restoration and is famous around the world for its exotic gardens.

11:00 Depart Mount Stewart  
11:05

Refreshments on Arrival at Grey Abbey House & Gardens

Built in 1762, the present house is considered to be one of the finest Georgian country houses in Ireland

12:20

Depart Grey Abbey

13:15

Take Ferry across Strangford Lough

13:30

Lunch in the Cuan  

14:45 

Visit to Castle Ward House

This 18th century National Trust mansion overlooks the waters of Strangford Lough and is famous for its differing architectural styles at the front and rear as a result of a disagreement between husband and wife.

16:30 Depart Castle Ward for Belfast