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Castle Ward House and Demesne
Castle Ward House and Demesne
Castle Ward, County Down

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.

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, 14:00 to 17:00.

Note - livestock grazing areas are out of bounds to dogs, and visitor access may be restricted between 1st March and 30th November.

Price list

Standard Admission:

Adult: £7.27, Child: £3.45, Family: £18.00, Group: £6 per person

Grounds and House Gift Aid Admission:

Adult: £8.00 Child: £3.80 Family: £19.80

National Trust Members - free entry

Facilities

  • Baby Changing facilities
  • WiFi
  • Parking Available
  • Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
  • Euro Accepted
  • Picnic Area
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Toilets
  • Gift Shop
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite

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Facilities

Facilities

  • Baby Changing facilities
  • WiFi
  • Parking Available
  • Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
  • Euro Accepted
  • Picnic Area
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Toilets
  • Gift Shop
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite
  • Accept Groups/Coach Parties
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Castle Ward House and Demesne

Address
Downpatrick Road
Strangford
County Down
BT30 7BA
Phone number
T: (028) 4488 1204
Email
Web Address
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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