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Castle Ward

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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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Activities: Hiking, Biking
Description: 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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camping in the Pods- family weekend away from it all

We hired one of the camping pods at the Caravan site at Castle Ward and they did not disappoint we hired the family Pod which comes with 2 plug sockets and a blind on the door... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
jo-monty
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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59 reviews 59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

We hired one of the camping pods at the Caravan site at Castle Ward and they did not disappoint we hired the family Pod which comes with 2 plug sockets and a blind on the door / window. This is all that comes with the pod, just like camping you need to bring the rest. The pods have a no... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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135 reviews 135 reviews
50 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Went on a spur of the moment down to Castle Ward last weekend, and found a great place for activities. There are hiking and biking trails as well as canoeing and sailing. There were also great places to take some stunning pictures, and that was not lost on some, who had there professional cameras down there. Will definitely go back.

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Richmond, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

We had planned several stops for our day. We wound up spending the entire day at Castle Ward. Our visit started at the "Winterfell" site where William Van Der Kell entertained and regaled us with stories about the site AND the filming of the Game of Thrones. My wife, my sons, and I were totally captivated. I was especially impressed... More 

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Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

something for almost anyone- beautiful grounds, cycling trails, walking trails, tour of the manor house and Game of Thrones archery

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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Stunning grounds. Well established gardens beautifully landscaped in a very natural way. Well worth a day there to enjoy the tranquility there.

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Portadown, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Went on a bank holiday Monday which meant that the house tours were not operational. The house was open however it was limited to the ground floor and there were no guided tours. Entrance for 2 adults cost just over £15 which I thought was expensive especially after we found others entering the estate via a public road without paying.... More 

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Haldensleben, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We were absolutely delighted with the Potter's Cottage. It is much more spacious than one would imagine, is equipped with everything one could possibly need, is beautifully clean and perfectly maintained, William the Housekeeper had the heating on for us when we arrived in the cold, so we immediately felt at home and so comfortable. Castle Ward itself is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful park. Lots to of with kids, from playground to walks, farm animals, tour the house. You can rent bikes (we didn't do it) and there's also kayak and archery but need to be booked in advance. We had a lovely picnic by the water and had ice cream and coffee on the courtyard afterwards. The house... More 

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United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We came here because the other, closer attraction didn't open until the afternoon and wow are we glad we did. We spent a beautiful morning cycling around the grounds (we hired the bikes there), which included places where Game of Thrones had been filmed. It is unsurprising it was chosen as a location with the castle, ruin, water, farmland etc... More 

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Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Beautiful walks, great playgrounds and lovely cafe. Check out the Victorian playroom and second-hand bookshop the kids love them!

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