Springhill House, Moneymore

Springhill is a 17th-century plantation house in the townland of Ballindrum near Moneymore, County Londonderry in Northern Ireland. It has been the property of the National Trust since 1957 and, in addition to the house, gardens and park, there is a costume collection and a purported ghost. It is open from March to June, and September on weekends, and is open to the public seven days a week during July and August.FeaturesThis 17th-century unfortified house was built about 1680 and was originally surrounded by a defensive bawn. Around 1765 two single-storey wings were added and the entrance front was modified to its present arrangement of seven windows across its width.HistoryThe Conyngham familyThe Conyngham family had come from Ayrshire in Scotland in about 1611, possibly from Glengarnock and the first of the family in Ulster was said to have been one of the family of the Earls of Glencairn. Alexander Conyngham, Dean of Raphoe, ancestor of the later Marquesses Conyngham, was probably a near relative - his son Sir Albert Conyngham's portrait is at Springhill and not Slane Castle. They were granted lands under James I's Plantation of Ulster in County Armagh. They purchased the Springhill estate in around 1630. It is believed that some form of farm dwelling was constructed on the estate at this time (probably on the site of the present carpark) but this was almost certainly destroyed during the Irish Rebellion of 1641.
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  • This isn't one of the grand houses like Florencecourt, Castle Coole or Mountstewart. It was built 200 years before then. The entrance fee of £6 was exceptionally reasonable and included entry, parking...  more »
  • Springhill House was much more interesting than I thought it would be and I am glad we made the long journey to visit it. The oldest part dates from the 1600s and as you move between each room, you se...  more »
  • This is a really nice place to visit with nice short walks around the gardens. You even get to touch a 1000 year old tree. The house tour was very good with some stories by our guide Aisling I think. ...  more »
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  • We visited on a Sunny Sunday in spring. The whole estate smelt wonderful with lots of flowers in bloom. Lovely walks on the estate and a natural play area for the kids. We also really enjoyed the house tour. It lasted about 45 minutes and the guide was excellent......although some of the rooms were closed for conservation. Lovely wee cafe in the barn and a costume gallery plus an area where the kids can dress up in olden day clothes. A great place to spend a few hours.

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