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Published on : Saturday, February 6, 2016
Trade and Investment Minister, Jonathan Bell was joined by Tourism NI chief executive John McGrillen in a visit to Mount Stewart in Newtownards today.
Speaking during the visit the Minister said: “Mount Stewart is a historically significant property and a key player in attracting tourists to the Strangford Lough region.
Attractions such as these are a vital component for both the local tourist offering of the Ards and Strangford area and for attracting international visitors to Northern Ireland.
“Country parks and heritage centres are listed as the two most popular attractions for visitors and Mount Stewart with its combination of beautiful gardens and historic houses, home to the 7th Marchioness Edith, Lady Londonderry and her family in the early 20th century, can offer both. The recent £8million restoration project, completed last year, is expected to boost visitor numbers from 160,000 to 250,000 people.
“In addition to the restoration project, The National Trust has also bought 900 acres of land surrounding the house and gardens, which will see the area the Trust looks after increase from 100 to 1000 acres. As a result visitors will soon be able to explore extensive woodland, previously unseen walled gardens, farmland and a range of historic monuments and buildings. I am certain both this and previous investment will help continue to bring the beauty of Mount Stewart house and gardens to even more visitors and generations to come.”
Source:- Tourism Northern Ireland