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Castle Espie

78 Ballydrain Rd | Comber, BT23 6EA, Northern Ireland
0289 1874146
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Ranked #39 of 122 attractions in County Down
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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62 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
30 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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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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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Belfast, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

My family and I have been several times since purchasing the family pass which was excellent value. This place has everything for the pefect morning or afternoon walk with the kids. Great visitor centre with cafe, shop and play area. Loads of birds to feed. Lots of nice pathways to walk around and huts / hides to go into. An... More

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Killinchy, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013 via mobile

Visited with my family for coffee. The coffee shop is lovely with superb views however the coffee was not great - weak and warm. That said the homemade scone was very good. Cost was high in my opinion.

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013 via mobile

We took 2 kids - 5 & 6. They really liked the ducks but after that there was not much to do. It was was reasonably priced but again not much to do.

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Downpatrick, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Nice relaxing walks, and not too busy. You can buy food to feed the ducks, which was fun. Small kids around seemed to love it and I can understand why. First visit and will be back, although it's too expensive to go regularly.

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