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Turnip House Tea Room and Craft Workshop

Craft Workshop, Tea Room, Garden Restoration and Vernacular Renovation Project.


We make hand crafted Celtic knitwear and felt products. Visitors are welcome to see the making process, buy from our range of goods in stock, or commission a special piece.

Tea Room

Our Tea room is situated in the Mournes Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), with stunning views over the landscape. We offer a selection of homemade soups, bread and cakes.

Felt Workshops

We run one day courses in the magical art of felt making. Whether you want to start learning, or advance your skills, you will have a fun, fulfilling, creative day that you'll remember, and some lovely artefacts to take away with you.


We are in the process of restoring the gardens around Turnip House, and converting the land into native woodland, vegetable and fruit gardens.

Vernacular Renovation

We are the proud, but slightly amazed owners of what was once a great farm situated in the heart of County Down. Over the last couple of hundred years, this would have been a thriving, lively place full of animals, people, their lives and activities. Much evidence of this is still around us.

Abandoned almost 40 years ago, the buildings have slowly deteriorated, some disappearing altogether, others almost unrecognizable. It is our task and privilege to rescue and renovate what is here and create new purpose for the place, as Craft Workshop, Tea Room, Bed and breakfast destination,and family home.

Visit Us

We are only 1 hour from Belfast or 2 hours from Dublin, situated in the heart of the Mournes AONB.

Visitors are welcome to stroll around and watch the developments.


For those interested or curious in Weather Data, John now gathers weather data for that location and records on his new weather station - this you can check out on

In 2015 the Turnip House were awarded a Gold Award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

Opening times

Open Everyday in July/August 11:00-17:00

From September we are open every Saturday & Sunday from 11:00-17:00 or by appointment.

Price list

Workshops cost £35 per head this includes lunch and materials


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  • Dogs Accepted Inside
  • Dogs Accepted Outdoor Dining Area
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Turnip House Tea Room and Craft Workshop

64 Dromara Road Ballyward
County Down
BT31 9UF
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T: (028) 4065 0848
Phone number
M: 07751 180 730
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