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“House tour great”
Review of Castle Ward

Castle Ward
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Owner description: 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.
northern ireland
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“House tour great”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

House great tour and grounds nice specially down at lough. Victorian toys at stable yard and good second hand book shop.

Visited April 2012
Thank salNorthernIreland
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
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“Lovely Area”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Lovely setting for family picnics and walks. Large grounds, so doesn't feel crowded even at busy times.

Thank joan2445
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Dublin, Ireland
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43 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Loved Castleward”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

Living between Belfast and Dublin we joined the National Trust and can thoroughly recommend it.
Visited Castle Ward on Strangford Lough last Sunday and loved it.Whilst the gardens are not as impressive as Mount Stewart on the other side of the Lough , the house at Castle Ward is equally beautiful and , in many ways, more interesting.
There is no doubt that the Guide on the day can make or break your visit and in Castle Ward, Pat combined the history of the house and estate with personal experiences of his years at the house and told of the Ward family's involvment through the generations.
Lovely courtyard where we had coffee and scones on a sunny Sunday morning.
The estate is under an hours lovely drive from Belfast and Strangford Lough itself is worth seeing. Cross over on the Ferry and have lunch at the very pretty Portaferry hotel, then drive up the other side of the Lough.

Visited September 2012
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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220 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
“Beautiful; peaceful and restful”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

When you go here and there aren't many people about it is the best place on earth - this is my most favourite place of all (out of season).

Visited August 2012
Thank Valtpal
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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“Excellent country estate”
Reviewed August 15, 2012

The house is worth visiting with extensive grounds, farm and loughside walk in a beautiful country location. Take the ferry over from Portaferry to Strangford.

Visited April 2012
Thank Diane191277
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