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Address: Castleward House Castleward Estate | Strangford, Downpatrick BT30 7LS, Northern Ireland
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+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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A beautiful well maintained parkland

I live close to this attraction and visit it weekly. It has everything a beautiful sunken garden, parkland and sea shore. The walks and views are breathtaking a real hidden gem... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 20, 2017
Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2017 via mobile

I live close to this attraction and visit it weekly. It has everything a beautiful sunken garden, parkland and sea shore. The walks and views are breathtaking a real hidden gem You can also visit the big Victorian house but the setting is spectacular it's an outside attraction close to the beautiful village of strangeford where you can take the... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017 via mobile

Thought it was very expensive considering all we wanted to do was go for a walk on one of the trails. Still charged £9 each. The walk was beautiful and was lovely surrounds but not worth what we paid

Thank Claire M
CastleWard_VETeam, Visitor Experience at Castle Ward, responded to this review

Hi Claire M, Thank you for your review. We really appreciate your feedback and will look at ways to address this issue as much as we can. We currently offer one set price and this allows entry into everything on the demesne. The money you have spent will also help us to conserve this beautiful property for ever and for... More 

White Sands, New Mexico
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

Seriously go to visit this amazing place around Christmas time. Then have a wonderfully decorated courtyard with tons of activities for kids big and small. It wasn't crowded like summertime and the weather added to the ambiance. You won't be disappointed visiting the off the beaten path piece of history.

1 Thank sherrirowe
Downpatrick, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

We took our 4 children to see santa as we always do in Castleward. Children aged 8,6,3,and 11/2 really enjoyed the expereience as I expected. The change of location did not deter from the expereience. I enjoyed being able to have a Hot Chocolate and Gingerbread cookies at the check-in and the children loved making gingerbread men and colouring in.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016 via mobile

We took our 2 grandchildren to see Santa. Amazing experience!!! The children were enthralled, there were awesome elves, crafts, a visit with A wonderful Mrs Claus and a story from the real Santa. Even The presents were great. This was the best Santa experience we have ever had and it is definitely on our 'to do' list for next year.... More 

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Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

2016 visit to Santa s House at Castleward was very poor☹️. We have taken all our children to this experience over a period of about 6 years and it has, until now, been excellent. 2016 changes-- NO DRIVE TO SEPARATE SANTAS HOUSE, NO ELVES WORKSHOP, NO SANTA BESIDE A FIRE, ( it was an empty stove) NO HANDING ROUND A... More 

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

Dear Alice H Firstly I would like to thank you for taking the time to offer us feedback on your recent visit to see Santa at Castle Ward. I was disappointed to read that the visit was, in your opinion, not up to previous year’s standard. Following on from feedback received after 2016’s experience we made some significant changes to... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

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.

3 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 November 14, 2016 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 November 1, 2016 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 

1 Thank Aingeal N
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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

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