Seaforde Gardens and Maze will be open during Easter week from Friday 2nd April - Sunday 11th April

Step Into The Botanic Beauty Within Our Walls

The historic gardens at Seaforde are situated both within and adjacent to the old walled garden, whose structure dates from the early half of the 18th century. The hidden, micro-climate gardens boast Ireland’s oldest living maze and support an renowned collection of plants, many semi-tender and collected from distant corners of the world thanks to the travels of keen plantsman Patrick Forde. The gardens also include an arboretum containing champion trees and rare species.

Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Maze

The Maze Garden

The centrepiece of the Seaforde garden is Ireland’s oldest living maze, planted in 1975 to mark the occasion of Patrick and Lady Anthea Forde’s 10th wedding anniversary and growing in both reputation and stature since then. Planted with hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) hedges and providing maze lovers with a beautifully confusing challenge to the centre. With access from north and south, find an opponent and challenge them to maze triumph.

Nearby and planted against the central wall are a noteworthy range of uncommon trees and shrubs carefully collected from the wild by Patrick Forde or lovingly sourced from other growers.

Seaforde Maze, Gardens and Butterfly House Northern Ireland

Herb Garden and Mughal Tower

Continue along the wall to discover the Herb Garden gazebo, beside which you'll find the ‘Mughal Tower’. Loop up through its spiral staircase and you’ll find yourselves on a raised viewing platform. The altogether perfect spot from which to survey the walled garden and watch the maze runners as they weave to and fro.

Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Arboretum

Botanic Beauty

Herbaceous highlights include the Crinodendron patagua, Olearia x 'Zennorensis', Paulownnia fargesii and Rosa forrestii.

Look long across the lawns to the two commanding avenues of Eucryphias. Seaforde holds the UK National Collection of Eucryphias with over 20 glorious species and cultivars grown here. Boasting specimens of Eucryphia x nymansensis, E. cordifolia and E. x intermedia ‘Rostrevor’, botany lovers can look out for these white or pink flowering southern-hemisphere trees at their most spectacular in late summer and autumn. The more delicate pink-flowing forms of Eucryphia lucida ‘Pink Cloud’ and ‘Ballerina’, along with E. milliganii ‘Whisper’ were originally collected in Tasmania by Patrick Forde, who is recognised as the first to grow them in Ireland.

Seaforde Maze, Gardens and Butterfly House Northern Ireland

The Pheasantry

Continue your exploration of the grounds, through the arched gateway at the southern wall and find yourself in the ‘Pheasantry’. In the early 19th century the family kept ornamental pheasants in this area but between the years 1856 – 1902 this part of the garden was planted extensively under the direction of Rt Hon Colonel William Forde MP, an enthusiastic plantsman, who worked closely with his head gardener William Allan to develop the Victorian arboretum at Seaforde. Presently this garden contains towering conifers and striking rhododendrons, many well over 100 years old.

Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland

Growing Grandeur

Seaforde is famously home to some of the very first Sequoiadendron giganteum (or Wellingtonia) to be grown in Ireland during the 1850’s and 1860’s. Planted by Colonel Forde and Mr Allan, these stately giants are some of the most impressive trees to be found in the Pheasantry.

With 150 years of growth, one champion tree in the Pheasantry is the formidable, vertically branched, Crimean pine (Pinus nigra caramanica), which stands over 100 foot in height. Family tradition has it that Colonel Forde’s brother, Major Thomas Douglass Forde (who fought in the Crimean War with the Heavy Brigade), brought back a souvenir tree from his travels. The tree was transported either as a seed, cone or sapling which was then lovingly planted, nurtured and has grown into today’s champion.

Competing in grandeur are the Cryptomeria japonica ‘Sinensis’, with their distinct red trunk and companion sucker trees.

Seaforde Maze, Gardens and Butterfly House Northern Ireland
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Arboretum
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Arboretum
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Arboretum
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Maze
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Arboretum
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Arboretum
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Arboretum
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Arboretum
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Arboretum
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Arboretum

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The perfect sip for a sunny day 🌅 our NEW passionfruit & lemon iced tea is tasting exactly like summer should 🤩 available all weekend in our seafordegardens location ONLY! 🌿
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Have you checked out our new location yet? ✨ 
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If you haven’t - factor it into your weekend plans! Catch us seafordegardens tomorrow (Sat) from 10am-4:30pm & Sunday 12noon-5pm (& every Sat & Sun until restrictions are lifted and we can be there full time!) with your favourite specialty coffee & delicious bakes! 
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We couldn’t be happier after our first week - it’s the most magical setting & the gardens are WELL worth a visit. Swing by, grab a coffee & let yourself get lost 🌱✌🏼 
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Newcastle is open as normal ✔️ 

Thanks pikeitup07 for this awesome snap 📸 

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We had a lovely walk around seafordegardens this morning, so many peacocks around! Riley was fascinated ☺️ #seafordegardens #codown #easterwalk #funinthesun🌞 #countydown #peacocksofinstagram
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Lovely walk around Seaforde Gardens dodging the snow ❄️ showers
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Sunny days are the best ☀️
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It’s here - our first VEGAN treat! We’ve called it Veganaire Shortbread and can proudly say it  got raving reviews from both our vegan AND non-vegan friends. Packed with almonds, cashews and date ‘caramel’ it has loads of flavour and texture. Get yours today from railwaystcoffee Seaforde Gardens location 🌿🌱🍃

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We are ready to go seafordegardens ☕️ 🦋 🏠 ✔️ here’s a few things to know before you visit us ⬇️ 
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🌱 you DO NOT have to pay to come for a coffee/treat - our customers enjoy free parking & free access to the sitting green & children’s play park (u12) 
🌱 you only have to pay for access to the walled gardens - a member of the garden staff will gladly assist you!
🌱we WILL NOT be serving hot food in Seaforde, (Newcastle will operate as normal!) this week just a selection of your favourite bakes & your favourite coffee of course! 
🌱unfortunately NO DOGS are currently allowed in the gardens as we have the most beautiful peacocks roaming around 🦚 
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We can’t wait to show your our new venue - it’s pretty special & we think you’ll agree! Catch us from 10am-4:30pm tomorrow ♥️ #railwayst #2 #specialtycoffee #specialtybakes #seafordegardens #codown
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We are very happy to say that @railwaystcoffee will be serving takeaway coffees and bakes at the cafe from this Friday (2nd April). Roll on the weekend!! #seafordegardens #codown #discoverni #railwayst
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Did you guess right? 🤩🌿🌱🌳🌻 
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We will be opening for takeaway coffee & bakes THIS FRIDAY (2nd April) from 10am in the most beautiful surroundings seafordegardens & we cannot wait! ☕️🍪 we’ll see you here 🙌🏼 
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*our shop in Newcastle will be serving takeaway coffee, food & treats as normal 9am-5pm (kitchen until 3pm!) #railwayst #taketwo #seafordegardens #codown #newcastle #sprecialtycoffee
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Seaforde Gardens will be reopening for Easter week, from this Friday 2nd April until Sunday 11th April.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions the Butterfly House and Cafe will not reopen until further notice.  Looking forward to welcoming everyone back. The peacocks can’t wait either! #seafordegardens #gardensireland #discoverni #countydown
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Aren't the colours amazing? The feather's eyes reminding me of being studded with gems! Turquoises, electric blues and greens. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Vibrant and neon colours all perfectly balanced!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I took this photo of this fabulous peacock strutting his beautiful feathers within the gardens at the Seaforde Butterfly House in N.Ireland a few years ago.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If you are lucky you might find a feather in the stately gardens or you could buy a fallen one as a token in the shop!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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But are they lucky or unlucky? My granny always thought that having a peacock feather in your house was unlucky because the 'eye' was watching you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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For me, the colours are fascinating and you can see the mix of blues and greens translated into my pieces! Yum Yum Yum!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Nice reflection at these gates in Seaforde Co Down #northernirelandtraveller #northernireland #nireland #ireland #belfast #belfastblogger #irish #nirish #discoverni #documentbelfast #visitni #lovebelfast #loveireland #mygiantadventure #insta_ireland #instanorthernireland #belfastireland #trekni #seaforde #seafordebutterflyhouse #seafordegardens #codown #smartphonephotography #reflection #shotoniphone #gatehouse #gates #autumn
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Nice reflection at these gates in Seaforde Co Down #northernirelandtraveller #northernireland #nireland #ireland #belfast #belfastblogger #irish #nirish #discoverni #documentbelfast #visitni #lovebelfast #loveireland #mygiantadventure #insta_ireland #instanorthernireland #belfastireland #trekni #seaforde #seafordebutterflyhouse #seafordegardens #codown #smartphonephotography #reflection #shotoniphone #gatehouse #gates
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