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Castle Espie

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Address: 78 Ballydrain Rd, Comber BT23 6EA, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: +44 28 9187 4146
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10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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Sunday walk

We have been members of castle espie for years. We are big supporters of conservation. It is great to go and spend a day with family, catching up with friends or for cyclists who... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Portstewart, N.Ireland
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust Nature Reserve at Castle Espie has an amazing variety of colourful ducks and geese from all over the world. The newly established salt marsh area is developing into an interesting ecosystem. In early spring and autumn, the Brent Geese are passing by in their tens of thousands on the mudflats. The cafe provides good wholesome... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Brilliant day with duckling tour, started with a scone and coffee walk around and great playtime in new swamp area, kids loved it. Great to see this place getting better! Lunch in cafe with fancy new menu then duckery tour which was amazing. Great day out and we will be back as members next time.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Although Castle Espie is one of my favourite escapes from city life, I was really shocked by the huge number of Black-headed gulls circulating and nesting in the feeding pond enclosure. The noise was really appalling to the extent you couldn't hear the person beside you properly when they spoke, and as we headed out into the larger conservation area,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We have been members of castle espie for years. We are big supporters of conservation. It is great to go and spend a day with family, catching up with friends or for cyclists who all seem to converse on a Sunday! It's def worth a visit, you should go!

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Great duck pond. Great walk. Finally getting the refurbs it needed. They hold great fun days (eg. Robin hood) and have a gift store/ cafe however these are pricey. You could spend either 30 mins walking around it or 3 hours depending if you explore it all or just go for a walk. Membership is £4-£5 a month or £5... More 

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belfast-UK
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59 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

A great place to come and visit. All types of wildfowl which if you like you can feed them. Quiet areas to explore or just observe the birds. Nice cafe and gift shop.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Living in the area I visit Castle Espie now and then, the new refurbishment looks fantastic. The location is also fantastic with excellent views over Strangford Lough AONB. It's worth a visit on a sunny day. The gift shop is good, however the cafe was a let down, food is over-priced (2 pounds for caramel square) and the staff were... More 

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Belfast, Northern Ireland
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32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 via mobile

We decided to go here in a day trip without knowing much about it. We were really pleasantly surprised. It is in a gorgeous setting, amazing views. The kids loved it. Loads if space to run about. We went on a bank holiday Monday when you could do a large plastic duck hunt, but it would have been nearly as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 via mobile

great place for the kids plenty to see and do although expect lots of questions about everything cafe good as well staff pleasant

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This is a well run facility - if you are into bird watching then it's a must! Great views over the lough and lots of Ducks & geese to see on-site. There's also a coffee shop etc. available with some interesting displays about local fauna

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Additional Information about Castle Espie

Address: Address: 78 Ballydrain Rd, Comber BT23 6EA, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: +44 28 9187 4146
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Down  >  Comber
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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