Castle Ward House and Demesne

3 star Visitor Attraction
Castle Ward is full of personality. Situated in a stunning location overlooking Strangford Lough, the lawns rise up to the unique 18th century house and its Gothic façade. This fascinating house features both Gothic and Classical styles of architectural treatment, internally and externally.

Inside the beautiful 820 acre walled demesne you will find an exotic sunken garden and paths that wind their way through woodland and suddenly open onto the quiet shores of the Lough.
Commended, Visitor Attraction of the Year at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards 2007.

• Fascinating home of the Ward family since the 16th century
• One of the most complete demesne landscapes to survive in Ireland
• Victorian laundry, cornmill and sawmill illustrate how the demesne worked
• Woodland, lakeside and parkland walks with stunning viewpoints
• Impressive Yew tree terraces and stunning Temple Water
• Dress up and play with period toys in the Victorian Past Times centre
• Children’s adventure play area
• Visit the horses, pigs and hens in the farmyard
• Strangford Lough Wildlife Centre
• Clearsky Adventure Centre and horse trails
• Browse the enticing gift shop and rummage around the second hand book shop
• Caravan site, Potter’s Holiday Cottage and 4 camping pods

Visitor facilities –
Historic house: Mill: Industrial heritage: Farm Yard: Garden: Park: Countryside: Coast: Nature Reserve: Shop: Refreshments: Guided tours: Suitable for picnics: Country walk: Programme of events: Access for visitors with disability: Facilities for families: Learning: Dogs welcome on leads in grounds/garden only: Available for functions.
Check National Trust website for full opening times.

Winner of Highly Commended Best Visitor Experience, NI Tourism Awards 2014.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.


Grounds and House
Gift Admission
Adult: £7.00 Child: £3.50. Family: £17.50

Standard Admission
Adult: £6.63, Child: £3.31, Family: £16.59, Group: £6 per person

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Portaferry Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

Bus: Ulsterbus No. 16E between Downpatrick and Strangford, bus stop at Castle Ward gates.
Car: On A25, 7 miles from Downpatrick and 1.5 miles from Strangford.
Drive time: Belfast 45 minutes, Dublin 2.5 hours.
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