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Awaken your Giant Spirit

  1. Hillsborough Castle and Gardens at Christmas 2021

    Wrap up warm, pull on your wellies and take the little ones (and big ones!) on a walk around one of our trails.

  2. 3 festive table arrangements of foliage and flowers at Hillsborough Castle. The middle arrangement is bigger with a candle set in the middle.

    Claire Wood, Garden Manager, and Lorna Brownlee, Gardener and Resident Florist, from Hillsborough Castle and Gardens detail below full instructions on making beautiful Christmas floral arrangements from the garden.

  3. Two women in bath robes relaxing in bubble chairs, chatting to each other, in front of a window at the Galgorm. Image has a red ribbon on top left hand corner

    We can agree that it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas now, and we are very excited. So how about putting some thought into this year’s presents by getting them a voucher for a staycation in Northern Ireland? Not only will you be helping to support local, but vouchers are also a practical solution if you are not able to exchange gifts in person, as it can easily be popped in the post.

  4. A hotel room with large cushions in the foreground and a double bed with two towel swans sitting on top of the bed in the background

    Dreaming of your next staycation? The season of wrapping up and staying snug is here and we have lined up a brilliant list of hotels and cosy lodges that you should check out and check in to this Winter. From short stays to spa experiences, there is something for everyone this Christmas… 
     

  5. The shop at Montalto Estate. Locally made home ware and crafts aodrn the walls and shelves.

    Nothing captures the spirit of a place like a beautifully crafted item, locally and lovingly made. These are pieces or produce born of Northern Ireland, inspired by its heritage and traditions, though sometimes with a modern twist. 

  6. Shoppers walking through the concourse at Victoria Square Shopping Centre in Belfast.

    Northern Ireland appreciates the joy that a good day’s shopping can bring. So, wherever you go, you’ll find top class shopping centres, wonderful local markets, boutique design stores and artisan craft shops. All perfect places to pick up something special as a gift to bring home – or a way to treat yourself.

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