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Castle Espie

78 Ballydrain Rd | Comber, BT23 6EA, Northern Ireland
0289 1874146
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Ranked #42 of 123 attractions in County Down
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Killinchy, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
30 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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19 reviews 19 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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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
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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
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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
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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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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

I had never been before its over £ 7 in. nice gift shop but expensive. Lots of different ducks, swans etc walking about and swimming in the lakes. Also a few viewing points were you can see strangford lough. You get a map at reception which was helpful and. staff are friendly.

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co down
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

If the weather is good this is a lovely day out especially for young families. The scenery is breathe taking. There is a lovely gift shop. Staff were all very nice. There is somewhere to eat also although I found this very expensive and the meal was average. The best part was feeding the birds you can purchase a little... More

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