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Address: Castleward House Castleward Estate | Strangford, Downpatrick BT30 7LS, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: +44 (0)28 4488 1204

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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Instantly recognisable to fans of the show

This was included in a Game of Thrones tour (reviewed separately). The castle and surrounding land have been used for several key scenes in the show. Even if you have no interest... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Philip Q
Grimsby, United Kingdom

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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was included in a Game of Thrones tour (reviewed separately). The castle and surrounding land have been used for several key scenes in the show. Even if you have no interest in the show, there are themed activities, such as archery, or you can enjoy the surrounding woodlands. It was good to see the original inspiration for Winterfell and... More 

Thank Philip Q
County Londonderry, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited for the GoT Minifest. What a beautiful place. Lovely walks and plenty to do and see. Would be worth a trip at anytime! Very nice at present with changing colour of leaves One complaint... the people working in the cafe at the lough shore were slow and unhelpful!

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West Kelowna, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Castle Ward is more than just a GofT setting... There are several areas to roam around, walks and trails to explore, along with the actual structure which has been utilized in the tv production. We chose to stroll and look - not join a tour. Don't think we short changed ourselves on that - but got the experience we were... More 

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Dromore, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family and I visit Castleward often. I have very fond memories of my childhood on the estate. My grandparents had a "grace and favour house" on the estate and relatives still live close by. My grandparents are buried in the local Churchyard at Ballyculter ( worth a visit also). So many things have changed here since my childhood but... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The improvements here are notable. Patrick and Chris make major efforts to accommodate everyone and succeed. Two carloads visited and, apart from one less than welcoming female employee at the entrance, two separate visits were without any negative aspect. The cafe was particularly good with friendly, helpful efficient staff and fresh food of high quality. From age two to age... More 

Thank Robert H
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've always wanted to see Castleward and eventually had the opportunity just the other day. Definitely worth a visit and such a captivating house with its history of classic and gothic designs. A lot of grounds so be prepared for quite a bit of walking.

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Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place for a stroll. Stunning views over Strangford Lough are available from many vantage points.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are passing by or in town, and you like a bit of history, you should really visit this castle and attend the house tour. Mary was lovely, explaining the story behind this place, the interior design and its previous owners. The castle is divided into two styles, Gothic and Classical, so if you're into interior design, this place... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Did Mount Stewart in morning and Castle Ward in afternoon Another impressive property and large grounds great for a stroll. Lot of reference to Game of Thrones partly filmed here in the grounds.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

otherwise known as Winterfell, lots of shots in Series 1, episode 1 of Game of Thrones, despite this it's a really lovely place to visit, we saw this as part of the GoT tour, and so glad we did, it is stunning, the walks around the coastline with Strongford in the distance are gorgeous. The history of the house itself... More 

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