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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 #2 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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Belfast, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We were given a voucher for a night in a family camping pod as a christmas present. For a number of ( good) reasons we were unable to use it before it runs out at the end of August. When I rang to get it extended I was told that it couldn't be. I have to say I found it... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We visited on a day with beautiful sunny weather and were able to take advantage of the opportunity for walking tours of the surrounding grounds along with a guided tour of the house. You can spend hours on the various walking paths and exploring the garden. There is a wonderful view of the lough. The guided tour of the house... More

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Londonderry
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This was our first visit to Castle Ward and we were very impressed by the grandeur of the House and its grounds. We decided to follow the 'Farm Trail' which not only gave a very good overview of days gone by but took us along the shores of the Lough towards Audley Castle and the beautifully maintained 'Green Row' cottages.... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

We visited Castle Ward with friends over the weekend. Lovely views across the lough and quaint, woodland walks. The house tour was great. Our guide Emer really brought the house to life with little stories about the family and how life was before. Thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The facilities at Castleward are fantastic. We stayed in on of the Pods which are great. Electricity. A small heater and would comfortably sleep 4. BBQ facilities consist of a table and benchs arrangement with a slab to place the anything hot on. The pods are brilliant and I don't understand why there isn't more of them. As part of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I brought my grandparents to Castle Ward today for their first visit and we were treated to a fantastic unannounced costumed tour of the house. Highly recommend for a day out no matter the weather.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

My mum and I are just back from a fantastic day out here. We have national trust membership so entrance was free. The grounds are beautiful and we took the house tour which was great (special mention to our tour guide Billy!) There are a number of trails which are dependent on ability - we didn't take any of these... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Using a voucher bought from the Clearsky website, my boyfriend and I booked a two night stay at Castle Ward Estate in one of the glamping pods and booked two activities; kayaking and off-road mountain biking. The glamping pods were amazing, four pods set up among trees and just separated from the main camping/caravan site. Fantastic facilities and great service... More

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We've successfully camped at Castle Ward before and had a great time. We have a 12ftx16ft tunnel tent and it has never been an issue. However, when I recently tried to book for this summer, I was told that the biggest pitch was for a 12ftx12ft tent. End of story. We are very disappointed with this particularly as we became... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

What a beautiful place easy parking super cafe with lovely cakes. The house is well worth a visit, our guide was Christine and she was 1st class, very informative and funny really made our day. Would def visit again.

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