Kilclief Castle

Northern Ireland Environment Agency owned property
Kilclief Castle was built between 1413 and 1441, reputedly by John Sely, bishop of Down. This makes it the earliest datable tower-house in County Down and is often used to date other tower-houses in the County.

Features include a machicolation arch, projecting towers and spiral staircases. These unusual features may have been a blueprint for those at Ardglass, Strangford and various other sites.

The site is not suitable for disabled access.

No unaccompanied children under the age of 16.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

Opening times:

Closed for winter period. Summer opening times to be confirmed.


Admission Free.

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The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Portaferry Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

2.5 miles (4 km) south of Strangford on the A2 facing the sea. Car park opposite.
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Contact Details

Shore Road
BT30 7NW

Tel: (028) 9082 3214
Alt: (028) 9082 3103