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Castle Ward
Castle Ward, County Down
Castle Ward, County Down

See the Gothic and Classic collide at Castle Ward, an eccentric 18th century mansion and estate looking out over the tranquil waters of Strangford Lough in County Down. Walk or cycle along the Lough trail or through the sheltered woodlands and spot a host of wildlife and rare plants. Discover something new around every corner on the 34km of trails from Temple Water, the stunning ornamental canal to Audley’s Castle, a 15th century tower.

The house itself is a ‘cabinet of curiosity’ with an unusual split personality due to its Gothic meets Classical décor. Round the day off with a freshly baked scone in our tearoom or browse the gift shop and pick up a bargain at the second-hand bookshop. You can also head out on the Lough in a canoe, hire a bike, and build a raft with Clearsky Adventure.

Don’t Miss

•The farmyard complete with ducks, chickens and pygmy goats

•The 34km of trails that loop throughout the estate – rent bikes from the Clearsky Adventure Centre and get exploring

•Visit the Barn for children’s crafts, play-room and lots of ride-on tractors

• Check out the artist’s studios and see the resident makers at work

• Check out the ‘Secret Nature Shore Trail’ for a mile-long stretch of activities and nature to discover.

Game of Thrones® at Castle Ward

Step into a fantasy world of as you explore the Georgian farmyard and the Lough shore, film locations for the smash hit television series Game of Thrones®.

Castle Ward’s historic farmyard was featured as the location of Winterfell for much of Season 1.

It’s where you'll find the Whispering Wood and key scenes including Robb Stark’s Camp, the Baelor battle and when Brienne confronts the Stark men. Visit Winterfell for yourself, and join in with Winterfell Tours to get the full Westeros experience.

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

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

Opening times

The estate is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00 and 16:00 during winter. Check our website for full opening times at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-ward

House available to see by guided tour from March – Ocotber. Last admission is one hour before closing. Open Bank holiday Mondays and all other public holidays in Northern Ireland.

The Barn is open throughout the year when primary schools are closed.

Price list

National Trust members - free entry

Standard Admission:

Adult: £8.18, Child: £4.09, Family: £18.00,

-Gift Aid Admission:

Adult: £9.00 Child: £4.50 Family: £22.50

-Group: £6.50 per person (minimum 15)

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

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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