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Castle Espie

78 Ballydrain Rd | Comber, BT23 6EA, Northern Ireland
0289 1874146
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Ranked #34 of 123 Attractions in County Down
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

One of my favourite haunts after having a stressful day, so I am making the most out of my membership. Being able to feed the pampered and expectant birds is an enjoyable part of the visit, a lot of them are confident enough to eat seed from the palm of your hand. There's always an updated board of information in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Honestly a great day out. We we're lucky and got a relatively nice day for it. We got the student entry at £5.50 and then bird seed was very cheap at 50p. The ducks at the begining was brilliant and ate right out of your hand ! It was very clean with wipes provided and hand sanitiser every where :)... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I when to this place on Tuesday the 25 of July 2014 I must omit that it was a lovely place to visit the place is a wildfowl sanctuary and the have different breeds. This place would be a wonderful pace to take children because you can get close to the birds and some of the birds will eat out... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Have never been here and wasn't expecting much but loved it. Lovely setting and not too far for the kids to walk but so much to do on route. Plenty of picnic benches along the way. The kids loved feeding the ducks but the pond dipping was a huge success and the two staff who were overseeing this were very... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Attended Castle Espie with my Fiance. Very good day out. Binoculars can be hired from the reception. Loved feeding the ducks on arrival 50p for a bag of bird seed, not going to break the bank. The ducks ate out of my hand, some ducks are snappy but it doesnt hurt. They are just hungry. It was very relaxing. The... More

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Moscow, Russia
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64 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

There are enough different areas of nature and wildlife to occupy almost a day, but the most fabulous part is the inner pond area where foreign birds come to eat your grain and if you are lucky, many will eat right from your hand. There is something very tranquil and relaxing about sitting among a couple of hundred ducks and... More

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Killinchy, United Kingdom
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34 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

It was over six years since I last visited Castle Espie and I was impressed with the developments. Incorporating the old lime kiln and brickworks and adding a Stone Age area offers visitors so much to see as well as the feathered main attraction! With sensitively build hides and viewing areas, we could see the gulls, geese and other sea... More

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Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

On passing this attraction decided to go in for a visit - visitor centre well laid out and lots of interesting material to see and discover inc good books on birding. Staff were not really an additional selling point I felt - no interaction and seemed more interested in stocking shelves than engaging with customers - disappointing. Would have been... More

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Ards
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Spent a couple of hours strolling round paradise today. Yes, it could be considered pricey at £7.75 for an adult ticket, but people spend more for a bottle of wine or a takeaway meal. It's all about what you value in life. The trail takes in some breathtaking views across Strangford Lough to Scrabo Tower and down the Peninsula. It's... More

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Newtownards, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Went to castle espie on way back from newcastle , 7.15 to get in and the seed is not included ! A lot of areas to picnic and there is a children's play park , which seemed nice ,I wouldn't go again for again for a while , there's not much to see to be honest unless you're in to... More

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