Castle Ward House and Demesne

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.

• Fascinating home of the Ward family since the 16th century.
• One of the most complete demesne landscapes to survive in Ireland.
• Victorian laundry, corn mill 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 four camping pods.

Visitor facilities:
• Browse the enticing gift shop and rummage around the second hand book shop.
• Historic house
• Mill
• Industrial heritage
• Farm Yard
• Garden
• Park
• Shop
• Suitable for picnics
• Country walk
• Access for visitors with disability
• Facilities for families
• Available for functions.

Winner of Highly Commended Best Visitor Experience, NI Tourism Awards 2014.

In 2015 Castle Ward House and Demesne were awarded a Silver Award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.


Grounds and House 2015
Gift Aid Admission
Adult: £7.75 Child: £3.75 Family: £19.00 National Trust Members - free entry

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

Opening times:

Check National Trust website for full opening times.

Last admission to house one hour before closing. Timed tickets apply to guided house tours. Open Bank holiday Mondays and all other public holidays in Northern Ireland. The Barn is open throughout the year when primary schools are closed. The cornmill operates on Sundays from Easter to September, 2 to 5.
Note - livestock grazing areas are out of bounds to dogs, and visitor access may be restricted between 1st March and 30th November.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Downpatrick 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.

Shortbreak Offers

To book these offers, please contact the premises directly.

£8.00 / €10.64
per ticket

Subject to availability

Glamour and Glades

19 Sep 2016 - 30 Nov 2016

Enjoy a combination of glamourous history and walking through glades at Castle Ward. 34 km of trails meander through woodland and shoreline providing breathtakingly stunning views and hidden surprises such as the 17th century landscaped Temple Water area, the Farmyard and the current 18th century quirly mansion. The mansion is built in two entirely opposing architectural sides, both inside and outside, all due to a marital discord.

A recommended visit for all ages. Cafe and gift shop on site.

Interior access to the mansion is Wednesday to Sunday until 30th October.

Terms and conditions apply.

* EURO prices are indicative only. Exchange rates should be verified with premises at time of booking. Offers indicating price per person are based on per person sharing.

  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite
  • Gift Shop
  • Toilets
  • Open Sundays
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Accept Groups/Coach Parties
  • Open Mondays
  • Picnic Area
  • Euro Accepted
  • Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
  • Parking Available
  • WiFi
  • Baby Changing facilities
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