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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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give yourself an entire day to explore Castle Ward

We spent about three hours on the Castle Ward Estate, and that was not enough time to explore everything. Walked the trails for 1+ hour, saw the Game of Thrones 'Winterfell... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We spent about three hours on the Castle Ward Estate, and that was not enough time to explore everything. Walked the trails for 1+ hour, saw the Game of Thrones 'Winterfell' bailey site, now housing a few local artists selling their wares and one of ClearSky Adventure's GoT tour stops. We had lunch at the cafe in the Stables building,... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Lovely location, two bike trails for Game of Thrones enthusiasts, great paths and grounds for wandering in. Location next to the Loch is beautiful. We popped in to see the Winterfell set and had a very fun and enjoyable chat with one of the guys from the Winterfell experience: no pressure to go on the experience, just happy to banter... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Had a lovely walk around the grounds, didn't get to visiting the mansion. Couldn't believe the price when we got there, £16 for 2 people to walk round a park. Ridiculous!

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Cornwall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I stayed in one of the camping pods back in May. The whole area is just beautiful and peaceful. The facilities on the camping site are great and spotless, they have really nice showers and hairdryers in the bathroom. The guys working on the site were really nice and helpful. Will definitely have to go back for a bit longer... More 

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downpatrick
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Castleward is beautiful....I like to take a walk there in late evening....I recently went for a walk in Castleward with my husband late evening about a month ago, when I was approached by a lady who asked if we had paid in???? We replied that we thought you only had to pay for parking....As we live locally we did not... More 

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belfast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Warden on camp site was excellent on a very wet weekend when our duke of ed group got fairly soaked. Cups of tea in plentiful supply!

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

My partner and I booked in to visit Castle Ward as part of their Game of Thrones tour last summer. To begin with, I received excellent customer service via email after expressing my concern that the area itself would be problematic to access from Belfast city centre without a car. The lady at the other end of my emails informed... More 

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Bangor Co Down
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

The walks through the grounds to all the really interesting pieces of life on a huge estate are reallt interesting. Audleys Castle overlooking Srrangford Narrows, Harbour, Estate yard and lake. The house has one of the most wonderful irish history stories, the two sides which are of differing designs, georgian and gothic because of a lady of character. Just go... More 

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

I took a winterfell tour with William. He was super great! He did well in teaching me archery and we explored all of the GOT filming locations with many stories to help give me a complete experience. I also met the Direwolves which was a super fun experience.

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

I spoke to Andy the accommodation manager at Castle Ward to discuss pricing The site leaflet says large tents are charged at £18 for members. Whilst I understand that your pitch sizes are a mere 12x12, it seems incredulous to me that you are advertising a large tent price but then cannot accommodate this without using 2 pitches and therefore... More 

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Address: Address: Castle Ward Estate | Strangford, Downpatrick BT30 7LS, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: +44 (0)28 4488 1204
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Down  >  Downpatrick

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