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Castle Ward

Castle Ward Estate | Strangford, Downpatrick BT30 7LS, Northern Ireland
+44 (0)28 4488 1204
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Ranked #3 of 15 Attractions in Downpatrick
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Architectural Buildings
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... more » 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. « less
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Went here as part of a Game of Thrones tour and it was beautiful. It includes some parts which were used as Winterfell and also The Twins. There are various walks you can go on which take in the whole of the estate and they are well signposted. Very picturesque and has a lot of variety in the scenery, there... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This was our first trip to Castle Ward and on arrival we were met by a very steep downhill gravel road covered in potholes leading to very narrow gates! Aaaaargh! When I pulled my caravan on into this road it bottomed out at the tow hitch! However the worst was yet to come! The narrow gates occur on a left... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We stayed for a weekend in castleward caravan park for the first time at the weekend. It has to be one of the most picturesque areas to have a caravan park in and best still close to home. We were welcomed by "andy" the attendant at the site who was very informative and a very pleasant guy who gave us... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Brilliant for kids and bikes and wildlife. Lots of trails and interesting places to see. And the blackberries on the brambles are huge!

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went for the walks and as it has been done up these last couple of years. Its a nice place very good for walks and cycling with loads of well laid out paths and tracks. well signposted which helps. It has the game of thrones connection which is interesting, but then so does my local Mace if given half... More

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Portstewart, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We had an amazing time at Castle Ward Pods, cannot recommend them enough!! This was our first time Glamping and it was great! We will definitely be back and have been telling everyone what a great time we have had. Maybe a bit more info online other than just saying "bring everything you would bring for camping"...we brought seats and... More

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Sheffield
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We went because of the Game of Thrones connection and loved the whole place. The sunken gardens were beautiful even though we got caught in a torrential downpour. The coffee cake in the cafe is an absolute must- best one I've ever had.

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Hampshire, UK
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40 attraction reviews
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

After seeing a sign for the Craftfest, we decided to make a stop at Castle Ward. The location by Strangford Lough is quite lovely, and we had a nice walk along the trails and along the waterfront. The trails in particular were fun as there were many trees decorated in various artwork, some of which was humorous, with signs describing... More

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Belfast
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12 reviews 12 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We stayed in one of the family "pods" at the campsite and had a fabulous time. The pod was warm, had electric (to charge up our electrical items), had an outdoor picnic bench where we could cook and the campsite had shower, toilet and laundry facilities. The Castle Ward estate itself is huge - if you like cycling and walking,... More

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Olton,Solihull, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This was a magnificent castle set by Strangford Lough. It didn't really meet our expectations which was a bit disappointing but we were there to see 'Winterfell' from a Game of Thrones. The lough was impressive though and the walk around it!

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