Benvarden Garden & Grounds



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The Benvarden Estate is the ancestral home of the Montgomery family. Most of the mature tree landscaping took place in the early 1800s. The two-acre Walled Garden, dating from 1780, has a 10ft high curved red-brick wall with espalier-trained apple and pear trees. There are also herbaceous borders, a rose garden, a box parterre, a kitchen garden and woodland walks around the lake with magnolias, azaleas and rhododendrons. The extensive grounds stretch down to the River Bush which is spanned by a 90ft iron bridge. Also worthy of note are the snowdrops, daffodils, bluebells, camellias, fruit trees and hostas.

Benvarden Garden & Grounds
DERVOCK,Ballymoney,BT57 6NN


  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open Jun-30 Aug, Tue-Sun and BHs 12-5

About the area

Discover County Antrim

At its closest point, County Antrim is only 12 miles from the Mull of Kintyre, and its coastline is both beautiful and geologically diverse. Alternating sandy bays, rocky shores, high cliffs and forbidding headlands produce a dramatic scenery. Inland, the beautiful wooded glens rise to meet dizzying moorland heights.

The complex coastal geology ranges from relatively recent volcanic activity several millennia ago – represented by the massive basalt moorland plateau – to the silvery schists in the northwest, which are about 250 million years older. It includes rocks laid down more than 500 million years ago on an ancient ocean floor, pudding-stone that was later a desert floor, a belt of coal formed out of a swampy delta, salt trapped in the stone 200 million years ago, and mudstones and limestones from the time of the dinosaurs. In between are rich red sandstones, grey clays and dazzling cliffs of white chalk. This fascinating mixture is best seen at Fair Head and Murlough Bay, where, in startling contrast, the chalk cliffs overlie the older red Triassic sandstones. The Antrim Coast and Glens were designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1988.

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