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Castle Espie

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Address: 78 Ballydrain Rd, Comber BT23 6EA, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: 0289 1874146
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Ducks!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
44 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

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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49 reviews 49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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19 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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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Belfast
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Lovely place. Plenty of parking, a bit mucky though. Lovely welcoming staff, attentive to adults & children alike. Explained Easter bunny hunt, sold us seeds to feed the birds. Lots and lots of birds, plenty of viewing areas and great play park. Would recommend for families with small children & will return.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

The prices in the cafe are ridiculous.over 2 pounds for a caramel square.there are 4 of us so ends up Costing about 20 pounds for not every much it actually puts me off going.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Terrible value for money. £24 for family entrance and bird feed. Basically a brisk walk around some ponds. You could see any of the 'wild life' at most coastal locations for free. Lots of ducks and little else. Has to be one of the worst attractions in Northern Ireland.

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Belfast,N.Ireland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Just a short distance from Comber.Lots of free parking.A very good visitors centre with a well stocked café.If you want to see waterfowl there is nowhere better place to visit.There are a variety of walks and there is often a special display of local crafts etc in the visitor centre.Why not combine a visit to Castle Espie with a visit... More 

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