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Castleward House Castleward Estate Strangford, Downpatrick BT30 7LS Northern Ireland
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The Pilgrim’s Walk and Lunch in Irish for Beginners
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The Pilgrim’s Walk and Lunch in Irish for Beginners

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Discover the epic story of Saint Patrick at the Saint Patrick Centre and walk in his footsteps on our Pilgrim’s Way around the Medieval Town of Downpatrick. Explore the stunning countryside and visit important sites in Patrick’s story with our Irish Language Guide who will bring Saint Patrick’s story to life and discuss townlands and Irish names in our countryside. Pilgrims lunch included. <br><br>After lunch walk to the top of Slieve Patrick and see the tallest statue of Saint Patrick in the World before walking along country lanes to the first healing wells in Ireland at Struell. Return to Downpatrick to see the mosaic shrine to Saint Patrick in Saint Patrick’s Church and finish at the Medieval Cathedral of Down and Saint Patrick’s Grave. <br><br>The Pilgrim’s Walk and Lunch is completely guided by an Irish language Guide, follows paths and country roads and observes social distancing principles. <br><br>This tour always starts from the Saint Patrick Centre at 12.00 Noon.
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Mary S wrote a review Oct 2020
4 contributions1 helpful vote
Hi! I visited castleward 5 years ago December 2015, with my friend & it was one of the best tours I’ve ever been on! Not only was the experience magnificent! From the scenery to the cute little props they give you, to the historical sites, the most wonderful part of the trip was meeting the lovely gentleman that was working there! I’m sorry I don’t recall your name & I’m really sorry for the really late review but they’ve never been my thing but your kindness has made me feel really guilty haha & I wanted to finally give you guys the review you deserve! I love this place & truly truly hope I can go back there & really hope the amazing gentleman still works there when I do! Even if you’re not a game of thrones fan this is seriously a tour you do NOT want to miss!!!! The Irish people are some of the most wonderful people you’ll ever meet! Lots and lots of love! Your Lebanese friend, Maryam 🤍
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Date of experience: November 2019
Tonifermanagh wrote a review Oct 2020
Fermanagh132 contributions246 helpful votes
We stayed in the Potters Cottage in Castle Ward for a two night break. The Castle Ward Estate itself is breathtaking. Gorgeous grounds, walks and scenery. We thoroughly enjoyed staying in the grounds of this magnificent estate and having it to ourselves when it closed in the evening. We were however a little disappointed with the cottage. While very quaint and cute to look at, it is definetely in need of a good deep clean. All unnecessary items like books, leaflets, ornaments etc should be cleared away per Covid regulations to prevent additional surfaces being touched by guests staying. The carpet throughout the cottage was very dirty and stained. The tiles in the shower could do with being re-grouted. The information on the cottage said that the fire would be set for your arrival with enough wood for your first evening. This was not done. In summary loved the estate, but not the cottage.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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MadDocNI wrote a review Oct 2020
Belfast, United Kingdom1,089 contributions202 helpful votes
The attraction is a lot closer to Strangford than Downpatrick. Extensive parkland with walks, one down to the shore and jetty - quite a steep climb back, however. There is a small cafe and giftshop, and entry includes a tour of the ground floor of the grand family house. The outbuildings have a huge array of stables, laundry etc etc, plus a lot of 19th century agricultural machinery. Best has to be the sunken garden, lowered 10 or more feet from the natural level (for no obvious reason), which was nicely laid out and maintained by the National Trust. A good couple of hours diversion.
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Date of experience: October 2020
machinmad wrote a review Oct 2020
Norwich, United Kingdom1,650 contributions751 helpful votes
This is a big estate with lots of room to social distance. We only had an hour so had a quick look at the sunken garden...the scent of magnolias hung heavy in the air. Then we went through the fictional Westland village along the shoreline walk, to Aulderly Quay. Great views across the estuary. We’ll be back to walk more of the trails and visit the house when it opens.
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Date of experience: August 2020
Northern Ireland Biker wrote a review Sep 2020
Belfast, United Kingdom74 contributions65 helpful votes
A lovely place to visit on a fine day. We started off walking around the ground floor of the mansion. Staff were polite, friendly and informative. Then outside, the grounds were well kept especially the walled garden and the views are superb. After a long walk we went to the café and had a coffee and a tray bake to finish off our visit. This is a National Trust area and with the added benefit of being members we are looking forward to our next visit.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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