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Address: Castle Ward Estate | Strangford, Downpatrick BT30 7LS, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: +44 (0)28 4488 1204
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Castle Ward will take you on a journey of discovery. The 18th-century...

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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Winterfell Castle

Decided to take kids for a wee walk to Castle Ward, primarily to see Winterfell Castle in reality :) It's a decent estate with lots of trails to walk, cafe, kids playroom, book... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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9 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Firstly lets be honest there is nowere nicer than hear with the countryside the lake and the yard, but in recent time this has been hijacked by adults walking about in fur "rugs" over thee shoulders and carrying fake swords. This is due to the game of thrones craze. To me this is unsightly. Should this not be limited to... More 

Thank Weretonext
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Decided to take kids for a wee walk to Castle Ward, primarily to see Winterfell Castle in reality :) It's a decent estate with lots of trails to walk, cafe, kids playroom, book shop. Only thing we were there on a rainy Sunday so it was really quite, with some of the buildings closed. I guess will have to revisit... More 

Thank punkgs
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They were very friendly and brought the historic owners of the house to life! Not usually into this but it was very interesting. Found a book fair beside tea room too and bought a few books. Was wonderful!

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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cycled part of the boundary trail yesterday with my husband and 3 children aged 7, 5 and 4. Great and slighly challenging trail through beautiful grounds. There is a section through fields which is slightly boring but once you get to the woods the adventure really begins. Would have been too tough for the 4year old who was carried on... More 

Thank Sar40th
Ballymena, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place was there later but got a good look at it the staff was very helpful and told us places to go to see thing there and it was very peaceful place

Thank damianmcreynolds
Belfast, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed here for a short break for pumpkin fest. The facilities were good. The showers are clean and hot but very narrow - both elbows hitting off walls when washing my hair!! Major drawback is no play park on site for kids. It is a 30 min walk to the main adventure park in castle ward with a slow and... More 

Thank Lynne K
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great estate that gives everyone a great degree of choice. There are lots of walking options from short strolls which would be perfect for young families, to medium length trails to more serious of 13K. The walks take you through many different types of countryside from forests to lakes, to pasture lands,to hilltops to shorelines. The views... More 

Thank Craig D
Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Have been coming to the Halloween event at castleward for the last 8 years. Although it is a lovely family day out it definitely isn't as good as it used to be. Didn't get to pick our pumpkin this year - just handed to us. And the treat for the trail - left over Easter mini eggs and a small... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

I had a great experience visiting Castle Ward. It is a beautiful, picturesque location that is well maintained. The draw that brought me to Castle Ward is that it was one of the filming locations for Game Of Thrones. Overall I experienced much more than just a filming location. I was pleasantly surprised by the great and vast hiking trails... More 

Thank Allan M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

More open,more active, more welcoming each time we go. A lot of work has been done to reveal the parkland and Italianate sunken garden as it was designed to be. Beautiful colour combinations in the parterre and the massive rockery Mount Stewart has got it right in its Café / restaurant after a good walk more substance is needed Bicycle... More 

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