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Ballywalter Park


Ballywalter Park is a mid-19th century house with a conservatory wing, set in grounds made of the two joined demesnes of Ballyatwood House and Springvale House. The grounds feature mature woodland and shelter trees with rides. There are maintained ornamental grounds with notable rhododendrons, a rock garden beside a stream, and a walled garden containing a cultivated rose garden. Other features include two ornamental bridges, a pigeon house and glasshouse.


Plant Environment

  • Environment
  • Woodland Garden
  • Ornamental Bridge
  • Description: Two ornamental bridges over the stream.
  • Kitchen Garden
  • Description: Walled garden with rose garden and glasshouses.
  • House (featured building)
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Rockery, Gate Lodge, Dovecote, Glasshouse, Rose Garden
Visitor Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The house and gardens may be visited by appointment only. There are also occasional charity open days.


Off the A20 between Newtownards and Portaferry near Greyabbey.
  • Environment and Heritage Service of Northern Ireland Heritage Gardens Inventory
  • Reference: D 004


The house and grounds date from the 1840s and are on the site of two former demesnes. There were many later developments in the grounds.

Detailed History

The house was built in 1846 on the site of Springwood House. It was designed by Charles Lanyon for Andrew Mulholland, a successful linen manufacturer in Belfast.

The demesne also included that of Ballyatwood House. Plantings of trees from about 1800 by Major Matthews survive.

A conservatory was attached to the house in 1856.

Later generations introduced a rock garden and rhododendron collection, set among groves of ornamental trees and shrubs.


  • Victorian (1837-1901)
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