Montalto Estate To Unveil ‘The Lost Garden Trail’

Montalto Estate To Unveil ‘The Lost Garden Trail’


Montalto Estate in Co. Down is getting ready to unveil a new tourism experience called “The Lost Garden Trail”.


Made possible through major private investment, with additional support from Tourism NI’s Experience Development Programme, The Lost Garden Trail will open to the public on 31 March, 2023.

The Lost Garden Trail, located within the 400-acre estate, is part of Montalto’s ongoing business development strategy that identifies opportunities to support the longevity of the estate through the provision of unique tourism offerings.

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The Lost Garden Trail experience provides an understanding of what the area would have looked like back in1912, when the estate was owned by Lord & Lady Clanwilliam. The winding pathways and diverse planting and features will tell stories of days gone by.


David Wilson, managing director of Montalto Estate, said, “We are delighted and very excited to be opening The Lost Garden Trail to the public. For the first time ever, visitors will have the opportunity to step back in time, and enjoy the tranquility of this beautiful garden and its original pathways. Our aim at Montalto Estate has always focused on providing a top-class visitor attraction which enhances the visitor experience in the region. With support from Tourism NI’s Experience Development Programme, we have life breathed in this wonderful area. The Lost Garden Trail is a welcome addition to the character and heritage of this magnificent demesne, ensuring its long-term future as an important landmark and visitor destination within Co. Down.”

Supporting the opening of The Lost Garden Trail at Montalto, John McGrillen, chief executive, Tourism NI, said, “We are delighted to support this exciting addition at Montalto Estate under the Experience Development Programme, a scheme which offered significant support to post-Covid regeneration for our tourism industry. Recent consumer sentiment research has confirmed that historic houses and gardens rank highly as a key motivator for both domestic and Republic of Ireland visitors, and the restored garden trail will serve to enhance the surroundings and visitor facilities. Given on of the recent upsurge in visitors from the South, along with recovery of international visitor numbers, I am confident this project will entice culture seekers from near and far.”

Read more: Co. Down’s Montalto Estate Receives Five-Star Grading From Tourism NI

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