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Castle Ward

Address: Castle Ward Estate | Strangford, Downpatrick BT30 7LS, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: +44 (0)28 4488 1204
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Downpatrick
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Walking Areas, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Biking, Hiking
Owner description: Castle Ward will take you on a journey of discovery. The 18th-century eccentric house with two...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Walking Areas, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Biking, Hiking
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.

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English first
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

a lovely place plenty to see beautiful wildlife in abundance so tranquil a definite must see if in area

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Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

If your looking for a place to walk or for a cycle ride this is the place for you, super for children too. There is a entrance fee if you not a member of the National Trust

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Toronto
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53 reviews 53 reviews
8 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Nice place to visit if you have wheels. I ended up buying some lovely pottery on site. There are a few shops there, so scout them all out before a purchase. One in particular is lovely. It's the one nearest to the Game of Thrones Sword fight area…We did a drive of the whole area, Strangford and across the water... More 

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Paris, France
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

My husband and I came here as we are both Game of Thrones fans. We had the whole place to us as there wasn't much people in the area around that time. We walked the trail from Winterfell (corn mills and stables area) to Audley's castle and forest (Moat Cailin and the Dark Forest). It was a lovely afternoon walk.... More 

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We loved this stop and lesson in Irish history!!! Absolutely stunning grounds, we could have spent the whole day!! The family home is teuly fascinating along with the good and bad economic turns they all took! Great little cafe for a quick lunch after! LOVED IT!!!

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Cavan, Ireland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We stayed in pod with our 3 kids - absolutely brilliant - looking over Strangford Lough - BBQ, lovely clean facilities, next to camp site. We hired bicycles and done archery - Eddie and William were fabulous - very attentive and helpful. We had such a great time. We will return very soon. Highly recommended for sure!

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Saintfield, null, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I love this place! Historic house and grounds, lovely gardens, Brilliant kids playgrounds, Clearskies adventure and a fabulous coffee shop. The coffee shop serves Bailies coffee and all the food is homemade. The Victoria sponge is amazing!

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Billund, Denmark
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

My wife and I stopped here as part of the 'Game of Thrones' tour, and were greeted with much more than we had planned. The farm area used for Winterfell was neat, and the walking paths were great, offering wonderful views and photo opportunities. The main house was closed, but we got to see almost everything else, so it was... More 

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Larne
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59 reviews 59 reviews
20 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Went for the day out, walked around the perimeter which was a fair walk didn't think there was enough signs for walkers, could have got slightly lost a few times. Some nice views of Strangford lough, there was a boat race on and it seemed the NO CARS signs on the walkways only applied to those mere mortals like me... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
40 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We have visited the house several times and always discover new facts about life below and above stairs. The grounds are extensive and there are lovely walks, though the gardens near the house do not compare to Mount Stewart. There is a very pleasant cafe off the courtyard.

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