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.

Opening times:

Until 30th September 2015:

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Monday: 10:00 - 16:30
Sunday: 12:00 - 16:30

(Closed Tuesday & Wednesday)


Admission Free.

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


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