Loughshore Café @ WWT Castle Espie

Castle Espie's Loughshore café offers a selection of delicious homemade food as well as speciality Fairtrade coffees, teas and a range of soft drinks. Lunch is served between 12:00 and 14:30 each day with a choice of tasty homemade dishes with vegetarian and children’s options available.

Outside of these times, hot food, soup, sandwiches, homemade scones and traybakes can be enjoyed whilst taking in the views of the reserve, the Sensory Garden, Strangford Lough and Scrabo.

The café seats up to 120. Larger groups can be catered for by prior arrangement and our facilities can be hired for corporate functions and training events.

All profits from the café fund the vital conservation work of the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT).
There is no admission charge for the Café, Gift Shop and Castle Espie Gallery.
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Opening times:

Opening times

Because there's always something new to see or do throughout the changing seasons, WWT Castle Espie is open 7 days a week, 363 days a year (only closed 24 & 25 December). We recommend allowing three hours for a full visit.

Winter (November to February) Monday to Sunday: 10.00am to 4.30pm

Spring (March to April) Monday to Sunday: 10.00am to 5.00pm

Summer (May to August) Monday to Friday: 10.00am to 5.00pm, Saturday to Sunday 5.30pm

Autumn (September and October) Monday to Sunday: 10.00am to 5.00pm

The centre will remain open until 5.30pm on Bank and Public Holidays during the spring and summer months.


There is no admission charge for the Café, Gift Shop and Castle Espie Gallery.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Newtownards / Ards Visitor Information Centre
  • Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
  • Highchairs Available
  • Children's Menu Available
  • Baby Changing facilities
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Contact Details

WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre
78 Ballydrain Road
County Down
BT23 6EA

Tel: (028) 9187 4146