During our recent trip to Ireland we decided to put our National Trust passes to good use. We were staying just 20 minutes away from Florence Court so it was ideal for a day out. We arrived and parked in the car park in the woods and headed to the modern reception building. We were given a map and information leaflet. While we were there we also booked a slot on the children’s house tour that afternoon.
We started our visit with a walk around the walled garden. This is a beautiful garden which has had a huge amount of restoration by volunteers. The rose garden is really beautiful. The kitchen garden is full of vegetables and all sorts growing.
We followed the map around the grounds and found lots of different landmarks including the Ice House, Saw mill and Carpenters Workshop. The saw mill is currently being restored in the hope of getting the mill turning again.
The grounds really are stunning to walk round. We loved all the bridges and pathways crossing the stream that runs through the grounds.
The courtyard with the laundry rooms are also worth a visit. I loved seeing the black and white photo of when the laundry rooms were actually in use. Now they have become almost frozen in time with memorabilia to enjoy.
After a lovely walk around we enjoyed a children’s house tour. Our tour guide was the ‘governess’. She told us about the children’s lives and showed us some key rooms in the house. We saw the kitchen, drawing room, library, etc. The house is beautiful and full of history. The guide was really engaging with the children, often asking them questions comparing their lives to that of the children who once lived at Florence Court. Lily got offered a job mopping the floors. Can’t say she was keen on the 5am start!
If you plan to have lunch at Florence Court we highly recommend you eat in the cafe. The freshly made food was excellent and very reasonably priced too. The kids all had a packed lunch each which included a carton of squash, ham or cheese sandwich (2 slices white bloomer bread), piece of fruit, packet of Tayto crisps and a piece of rocky road tray bake. All that cost just £3.95 per child. Such good value for money! I had a toasted panini with salad, coleslaw and crisps. We also tried the homemade pie which was the special of the day. Delicious!
There are lots of activities to have a go at when you visit Florence Court. You can borrow explorer packs from reception with bug hunting tools and trails to keep children entertained. There are also pond dipping sets you can also borrow. Bikes can be hired for just £5 (half day) or £10 (full day). They also have a trike which can carry two small children (and looks like great fun!) for only £10 for half a day. Round the back of the house you will find a children’s play area for little ones to let off steam.
We spent nearly 5 hours a Florence court and really enjoyed ourselves. I think we will look out for any events next time we are in Northern Ireland as we’d love to go back. Well worth a visit!
Address: Florence Court Demesne, Enniskillen, BT92 1DB, Northern Ireland
Price: ££ (free for National Trust members)