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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 #4 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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Sheffield
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

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
188 helpful votes 188 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Belfast, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

My daughter, grandson and myself headed to the craftfest at castleward today and were very disappointed. There were only a few crafts, mainly ceramics and jewellery. There was nothing for my grandson to do at all. We were expecting it to be on a power with the crafts at mount stewart but this was not so. I would not recommend... More

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Perth
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32 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This was our second trip to Castleward. I was put off last time we visited 2007 at the cost (from memory there was a cost to enter grounds and then another for the house tour) was totally STOKED that the staff member accepted our Heritage Cards from Ireland (last time we tried to use them and got told no they... More

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Navan, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We really enjoyed our trip to castle ward. Enjoyed walking around the grounds and the tour of the house was brilliant.

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43 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

There was so much to do here that we will be going back as you could spend a day here. Great tour very well done by the guide very interesting stories. Lovely restaurant and shop too. Walks for everyone, and loads to see, especially for Game of Thrones fans. Jazz band playing in the courtyard which was lovely so much... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Our 2nd visit to Castleward and yet another wet day. Undeterred we browsed through the book shop as we waited on our tour, and sheltered from the rain in the coffee shop where we sampled delicious, reasonably priced ice-cream. £1 for a small cone, Mount Stewart charge £1.80 for same! Made a mental note that reckon their coffee shop would... More

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barrie, Ontario
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19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Was an interesting place to visit. Certainly gave us something to do when touring around Northern Ireland on our GoT expedition. Was slightly unimpressive, but the area is quite beautiful for walking. Not sure if I would go again due to the fee.

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