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Address: Castleward House Castleward Estate | Strangford, Downpatrick BT30 7LS, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: +44 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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Beautiful grounds , right on the Lough

Even in winter this place is beautiful, wonderful walks in the gardens and along the lough side. After a brisk walk in winter I would like to visit in summer when all the leaves... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Even in winter this place is beautiful, wonderful walks in the gardens and along the lough side. After a brisk walk in winter I would like to visit in summer when all the leaves are on the trees. Gret tea shop with an excellent national trust scone.

1 Thank PennyOscarson
CastleWard_VETeam, Marketing and Communications Officer at Castle Ward, responded to this review

Hi PennyOscarson, Thank you so much for such a lovely review. This place is stunning in all months, but there is something special about summer. Hopefully you can join us and bring some sunshine with you. Then you're really in for a treat! :) Best Wishes Chris More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We loved it. Took my parents to see Castle Ward because they are huge Game of Throne. We loved it. This is an amazing castle to visit, even if you're not a GoT fan. So much to see. Cycle paths or walking tracks to take in more. My mother is unable to walk much. There were enough disabled parking places... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Castleward is a beautiful estate on the shores of Strangford Lough. The ancestral Ward home is impressive with beautiful gardens front & back. I'd recommend a picnic on the back lawn overlooking the lough after walking around some of the grounds and farmyards. Some of the outhouses hold exhibits of what life was like there in Victorian times - the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

We visited here based on GOT connection. There is a GOT plaque in the castle showing how it looked in GOT and the basement has stills from GOT. Although this more than just "winterfell". We walked the trials and enjoyed the wonderful views. I would recommend this location for a great day out for all the family

Thank ConorFi
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

We visited here to see the location of the original Winterfell from season 1 of game of thrones. We did a self guided tour around the caste which is pretty easy to do. Just get a location map before you start. It took us a couple of hours to walk around, well worth it.

Thank Terrycharleton
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

Meet at the entrance by or of the rudest young ladies I have ever met when obtaining our entrance fee she asked if we were national trust members, when we said no brutality she said "why not rude woman, in a nut shell castle ward ground is beautiful the game of thrones influences has spoiled the experience, certainly not worth... More 

Thank Everydayone
CastleWard_VETeam, Marketing & Communications Officer at Castle Ward, responded to this review

Hi Everydayone, I am sorry you did not enjoy your most recent visit to Castle Ward and that you were treated poorly by a member of our team. If you would like to provide the date of your visit then I would like to look further into this incident so that this no longer happens. Game of Thrones has become... More 

Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

My son is a massive G of T fan and we came here to see the set for Winterfell, but it was much more. The grounds and trail to see the G of T sites was lovely, with the lough (seawater lake) and the beautiful scenery and farm animals making your acquaintance. We also paid 90£ for the three of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

We had a great time spending much of the day at Castle Ward. We loved our tour of the castle, with its gothic and neoclassical sides. Our tour guide was fantastic -- I wish I remembered her name to give her credit. Walking the trails around the estate was lovely (no need for bikes), and we enjoyed a snack at... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful countryside but a tad expensive entrance fee if you are only going for a walk round the lough. But good value if you are spending the day there doing house tour etc. Location of Winterfell, Game of Thrones, interesting if you are a fan, the trails for walking are well signposted and for leisurely doddles or serious trekkers. All... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016 via mobile

Myself and my fiancée went here yesterday and went kayaking and hired the mountain bikes.. out in the lake we had a seal bobbing along nearby which was nice to see. The staff were really friendly and fun. We got the bikes then and cycled into strandford village/town.. such a quiet quant little place, we had our dinner in a... More 

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