Seaforde Gardens, Maze and Tropical Butterfly House promises a truly remarkable botanic and nature-filled experience. Situated in the historic Demesne of Seaforde in County Down, and a family home for almost 400 years, we welcome you to visit and immerse yourself in the boundless beauty of this unique destination.
Discover the Tropical Butterfly House
The Tropical Butterfly House is the tranquil jungle home to myriad species of free-flying butterflies and exotic plant life.
Explore Our historic gardens and maze
The hidden, micro-climate gardens at Seaforde boast Ireland’s oldest living maze and support an illustrious collection of plants collected and curated from distant corners of the world. The gardens also feature an arboretum containing champion trees and rare species.
Unwind in the Garden House Café
Take a moment to exhale and enjoy the home-made, locally sourced produce available at our Garden House Café. From refreshing lemonade to home baked cakes, light lunches to quick snacks, we welcome you to this tranquil little spot.
A living history
Seaforde Demesne has been home to the Forde family for almost 400 years. Throughout the centuries, its buildings, parkland, farmland, woodland and gardens have evolved and adapted in shape, size and purpose as successive family generations continue to nurture and safeguard their home.
See how we’ve grown
Due to popular demand we are delighted to now offer Season Passes. These allow unlimited access into the Butterfly House and Gardens throughout the season.
How to buy
The garden journal
Come and Build a Gingerbread House
This Saturday we are inviting budding young builders and general Christmas lovers to come to The Garden House and build their very own gingerbread house. We’re busy making all the parts needed to assemble your house ready for you...
Christmas Wreath Workshop
We are holding a wreath making workshop on Wednesday, December 12th from 10:30am-1pm. Come and learn how to make a beautiful Christmas wreath with a willow base and using only natural materials which you can take home to enjoy over the...
Whether you’re an expert or a novice, Seaforde Gardens is the perfect setting for budding photographers. Enjoy getting close up with our butterflies, truely capturing the gardens and marvelling at the peacocks. We take great delight in featuring your beautiful shots.