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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 #1 of 15 attractions in Downpatrick
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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Easter Monday we had not planned anything with three children aged 17,15,and 8 years old we decided to go to Castle Ward but the two older boys refused and stayed at home with their friends so two spaces left in the car so along came my two niece,s aged also 8 and 4 ....when we arrived we were handed a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We live close by and would often visit to walk the dogs. There are lots of walks and beautiful views of Strangford lough. During the summer months they have live music on Sundays so a picnic is a fun way to spend the afternoon.

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Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Great getaway what ever you choose to do- walk the dog along the paths, mountain biking, running/jogging, horse riding, picnic, coffee and a bite to eat at the cafe, scenery, wildlife, or simply somewhere to go to switch off and watch the world go by. I love it! Really well worth becoming a national Trust member if you can use... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We visted Castle Ward on Mothers Day. The weather was very kind to us and we had a wonderful afternoon including a picnic in the grounds. The last time I went to Castle Ward was on a primary school trip about 30 years ago and I have always wanted to return. We had a very interesting tour around the house... More

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Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

A great place for picnics, walks and events. I especially love the christmas events and bread fests. Its a beautiful place all year round. The house is magnificent too. Well worth a visit.

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Bangor, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We are frequent visitors to Castle Ward, which we love, and have stayed at the campsite in our campervan on several occasions. The campsite is well run, very clean and well maintained (thank you William). On this occasion we were staying in one of the new family pods. I must admit I was shocked when I opened the door and... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Went here on the EOHD Open day and loved it!!! The location is absoutely perfect. The house itself is perfect, how grand it must have been to have lived there. The gift shop is very good too. The grounds are great for exploring and having "adventures" in. Great for younger children. Really recommend this as a MUST visit!!!

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Belfast
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in a 2 person pod. They were fab! 4 pods in total, the 2 person ones are at the top of a small hill built into the forest. Picnic bench, 2 plastic chairs and BBQ pit provided. Bring everything else as if you are camping. The pod was cosy and warm. We didn't need to use the heater... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

Feel ashamed that this was our first visit. A beautiful location we would highly recommend a day there. Our group spanned the generations and there was something for everyone. The guided tour of the house was a highlight Kathleen was a star who made a fuss over our 2 year old he loved it. Tearoom was well priced & scones... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
33 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Had a great day out at the bbc open day at ward castle got to tour the house and grounds and was a great adventurous day out cant wait to visit again with my bicycle.

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