Please note: This house does not offer free entry to Historic House members.
For alternative options please see other opening options.

Other opening

Overview

A Victorian Italianate Palazzo built by the owner's great great great grandfather to designs by Sir Charles Lanyon, on a private estate of 1100 acres. It is the home of Lord and Lady Dunleath and has been in their family for 170 years.

The house is surrounded by 30 acres of pleasure grounds and is deemed to be of exceptional architectural importance. 

Available for exclusive corporate and incentive lunches & dinners and, with 12 luxurious bedrooms, as a venue for small residential conferences and for historic house tour groups. It also provides numerous opportunities as a film and television location. 


Opening
Opening
Appointment

Group visits and tours are welcome.
 
Tours are personally conducted by Lord and Lady Dunleath and can be tailored to specific interests.
 
After the tour, refreshments can be provided in the Conservatory. These need to be pre-booked for the whole group.
 
Please note, the house is not open to the public on a daily basis and tours or group visits are available by prior appointment only.
 
Please contact Mrs Sharon Graham to book a group visit. 
 
 
028 4275 8264

Find Us
Find us

Ballywalter Park is located 20 miles south east of Belfast on the Ards Peninsula, between the A20 & A2 coast roads. The entrance is found  off the B5 Greyabbey to Ballywalter Road.
 
The Ulsterbus service runs to Ballywalter village and it is then a walk to the house. 
 
Belfast and Belfast City Airport are within 30 minutes drive and Belfast International Airport is reached in approximately one hour. The Stena Line car ferry terminal can be reached within 40 minutes and the P&O car ferry terminal within 75 minutes.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Value Cabs 028 9090 9080

Admission
Admission

Historic house members visit for free, appointment only, please call.

Tours of the house: £10.00
Tours of the garden: £10.00
Tours of the house & garden: £17.00
Refreshments from £3.50

 

More admission details

Group Visits
Group Visits

Group visits and tours are welcome.
 
Tours are personally conducted by Lord and Lady Dunleath and can be tailored to specific interests.
 
After the tour, refreshments can be provided in the Conservatory. These need to be pre-booked for the whole group.
 
Please note, the house is not open to the public on a daily basis and tours or group visits are available by prior appointment only.
 
Please contact Mrs Sharon Graham to book a group visit. 
 
 
028 4275 8264

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

Visit website

Weddings


Accommodation

Ballywalter Park offers luxurious overnight accommodation for groups with 12 highly individual bedrooms - 10 doubles and 2 twins, with 10 bedrooms being en suite and the other 2 each having their own dedicated private bathroom.

Views are either over the pleasure grounds or over park land with distant views of the Irish Sea and to the coast of Scotland.

Complimentary wifi is provided.

Please note that accomodation is reserved for those booking the house for Corporate events. 


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

An exclusive, private and relaxing venue for a corporate event, offering a wide range of options for delegates - from the relaxed and informal to the more traditional.
 
The Library, Drawing Room and Conservatory can provide widely varying facilities for meetings whilst the Morning Room & Smoking Room are ideal as break-out areas. Each client has exclusive use of Ballywalter Park during their time there, providing a very discreet and secure environment where even the most sensitive material remains strictly private. Fine dining and superb overnight accommodation complete the package.

Facilities

  • Wifi
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Team building activities
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Lunch
  • Plentiful parking
  • Projector and screen
  • Refreshments

Opening
Opening
Appointment

Group visits and tours are welcome.
 
Tours are personally conducted by Lord and Lady Dunleath and can be tailored to specific interests.
 
After the tour, refreshments can be provided in the Conservatory. These need to be pre-booked for the whole group.
 
Please note, the house is not open to the public on a daily basis and tours or group visits are available by prior appointment only.
 
Please contact Mrs Sharon Graham to book a group visit. 
 
 
028 4275 8264

Find Us
Find us

Ballywalter Park is located 20 miles south east of Belfast on the Ards Peninsula, between the A20 & A2 coast roads. The entrance is found  off the B5 Greyabbey to Ballywalter Road.
 
The Ulsterbus service runs to Ballywalter village and it is then a walk to the house. 
 
Belfast and Belfast City Airport are within 30 minutes drive and Belfast International Airport is reached in approximately one hour. The Stena Line car ferry terminal can be reached within 40 minutes and the P&O car ferry terminal within 75 minutes.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Value Cabs 028 9090 9080

Admission
Admission

Historic house members visit for free, appointment only, please call.

Tours of the house: £10.00
Tours of the garden: £10.00
Tours of the house & garden: £17.00
Refreshments from £3.50

 

More admission details

Group Visits
Group Visits

Group visits and tours are welcome.
 
Tours are personally conducted by Lord and Lady Dunleath and can be tailored to specific interests.
 
After the tour, refreshments can be provided in the Conservatory. These need to be pre-booked for the whole group.
 
Please note, the house is not open to the public on a daily basis and tours or group visits are available by prior appointment only.
 
Please contact Mrs Sharon Graham to book a group visit. 
 
 
028 4275 8264

Other opening


School Visits

Visits by primary schools are by appointment only and after discussion with the schools concerned.


A word from the owner

Visitors have included King George VI & Queen Elizabeth and, more recently, the Crown Prince & Crown Princess of Denmark, the Duke of Kent, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Vanessa Redgrave, Jeremy Irons & Sinead Cusack and David Suchet

Fun Facts
The house holds a collection of trophies won by the 1st Lord Dunleath's racing yacht Egeria.

Upcoming events

24 - 27 Apr 2020

Make Your Own Environmentally Friendly Paint

If you own a historic property, basically anything built before 1900, you may well have asked yourself how you could preserve the old painted surfaces. Should you paint, should you repair, or should you restore? How do you achieve getting the painted surfaces to fit in with other old parts of the interior? The key to answering this question is, the paint. 

Modern paints are usually made with a plastic binder. Old fashioned paints are made with natural and organic materials such as linseed oil, egg and milk protein.

On our two-day course you will be introduced to the old-fashioned types of paint that you can mix yourself. It is environmentally friendly and considerably less expensive than modern paints. You will be given an insight into the basic chemistry, quality and the aesthetics.

The course is led by Ulla Lunn m.a.a, a conservation architect. Ulla is visiting Northern Ireland from Denmark, touring especially for this one-off course. She has decades of experience in overseeing and managing public as well as private restoration projects. 

The cost of the course is £285 plus VAT, which includes all material, expert tuition, lunch and refreshments on both days. The reason for the course being either end of a weekend is that paint has to have time to dry!

To book your place contact Lady Dunleath on vibelene@btinternet.com or phone 028 4275 8203