WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre

4 star Wildlife Experience
Walking Route
Set on the shores of the stunning Strangford Lough where almost the entire world’s population of Brent Geese resides during the winter months. 3 times award winning Castle Espie is a tranquil and friendly centre for all the family. Hides and nature walks allow you to get close to the wild birds and collection of endangered birds from around the world. The new Visitor Centre boasts the Loughshore Café, selling delicious home baked treats and a well stocked gift shop with a selection of local crafts, books and bird themed items. A picnic area, an indoor soft play area and Wildwood – The Natural Outdoor Woodland play area are also available.

Centre is fully accessible for people with disabilities, loop system in place at reception, disabled Toilets, access to Loughshore Café and gallery. Accessible walking route (also on walkni.com).
Awards: Currently have NITB Visitor Attraction quality grading 4 Stars. Process of applying for Green Tourism Business Scheme.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

Opening times:

Open 7 days except 24th & 25th December
March to June: Mon – Fri 10am to 5pm, Sat & Sun to 5.30pm
July & August : Mon – Fri 10am to 5pm, Sat & Sun to 5.30pm
September & October: Mon – Sun 10am – 5pm
November to February: Mon – Sun 10am – 4.30pm,


Admission prices for 2014 will be:
Free entry to Loughshore Café and Art Gallery. Program included.
Adult £7.05.
Child £3.45.
OAP’s & concession £5.41
Family £19.00 (2 adults & 2 children)
All cards are accepted except Diners and AMEX.
Group rates available for 12 or more people.
Admission free for WWT members, helpers of visitors with disabilities, and children under the age of four.
Credit Cards: All cards accepted except Diners and Amex.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Newtownards / Ards Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

Take A2 from Newtownards to Comber. At the second Roundabout, take the Killyleagh/Downpatrick road A21 to the left. Turn first left at Ballydrain road.

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Contact Details

Castle Espie
78 Ballydrain Road
County Down
BT23 6EA

Tel: (028) 9187 4146
Fax: (028) 9187 3857