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Castle Ward

Address: Castle Ward Estate | Strangford, Downpatrick BT30 7LS, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: +44 (0)28 4488 1204
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Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Downpatrick
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Landmarks & points of interest, Architectural buildings, Historic walking areas, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Hiking, Biking
Owner description: Castle Ward will take you on a journey of discovery. The 18th-century eccentric house with two...
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Type: Historic sites, Landmarks & points of interest, Architectural buildings, Historic walking areas, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Hiking, Biking
Owner description: Castle Ward will take you on a journey of discovery. The 18th-century eccentric house with two distinctly different styles, classical and Gothic, will entice you to explore further. This truly beautiful 332-hectare (820-acre) walled demesne, with walking trails, exotic garden, stunning vistas and picturesque farmyard, will unlock your imagination through family history, leisure pursuits, events and industrial heritage. A children's pastimes centre and laundry room are a short walk from the house in the stableyard, alongside a gift shop, second-hand bookshop and tea-room.

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County Armagh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

In February Castle Ward is all about the snowdrops! They are everywhere! We stayed in the caravan park for 3 nights & walked & walked & walked around the grounds, enjoying every bit of the beautiful scenery on the edge of Strangford. The caravan park is faultless - facilities are very clean & there is an endless supply of hot... More 

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5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I know it's national trust but come on!! Nearly £20 for my husband and I with our 2 children to get in!! Nice walks but park very inadequate for the money we paid!! A few things in the stable yard to do but not much for our 12 yr old!! Anything he would be interested in cost more money!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Just back from an overnight in the Glamping Pods @ Castle Ward. Really excellent time had by adults and kids. Very clean, great facilities and plenty of walks/cycle paths to explore. Quite a chilly night but with the heater in the pod we were pretty cosy. Don't expect to stay clean though our kids were, very happily, muck to the... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We picked what turned out to be a great sunny day for our 15k walk around the boundary of the estate. The path is very well marked (apart from some confusion near a viewpoint 2/3rds of the way round). The scenery was excellent, the paths are well maintained, varied and not very muddy at all considering we'd had a couple... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

a lovely place plenty to see beautiful wildlife in abundance so tranquil a definite must see if in area

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Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

If your looking for a place to walk or for a cycle ride this is the place for you, super for children too. There is a entrance fee if you not a member of the National Trust

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Toronto
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57 reviews 57 reviews
10 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Nice place to visit if you have wheels. I ended up buying some lovely pottery on site. There are a few shops there, so scout them all out before a purchase. One in particular is lovely. It's the one nearest to the Game of Thrones Sword fight area…We did a drive of the whole area, Strangford and across the water... More 

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Paris, France
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7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

My husband and I came here as we are both Game of Thrones fans. We had the whole place to us as there wasn't much people in the area around that time. We walked the trail from Winterfell (corn mills and stables area) to Audley's castle and forest (Moat Cailin and the Dark Forest). It was a lovely afternoon walk.... More 

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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We loved this stop and lesson in Irish history!!! Absolutely stunning grounds, we could have spent the whole day!! The family home is teuly fascinating along with the good and bad economic turns they all took! Great little cafe for a quick lunch after! LOVED IT!!!

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Cavan, Ireland
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14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We stayed in pod with our 3 kids - absolutely brilliant - looking over Strangford Lough - BBQ, lovely clean facilities, next to camp site. We hired bicycles and done archery - Eddie and William were fabulous - very attentive and helpful. We had such a great time. We will return very soon. Highly recommended for sure!

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