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Castle Ward

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Downpatrick Road, Strangford, County Down, BT30 7BA
Castle Ward

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Castle Ward is open for walks, eating and shopping. The Mansion House is open Friday to Sunday, 11am - 4pm until 31 October 2021. We continue to follow NI Executive guidelines and have introduced safety measures across the site. Please visit the website for the most up to date opening information before planning your visit. 

Castle Ward, the unusual double sided mansion house stands amongst gentle parkland looking over Strangford Lough. The working estate once included a water-powered sawmill, cornmill and farmyard. Visitors to the estate today can explore cultivated gardens, sheltered woodland and the shoreline of Strangford Lough.

There are 32km of trails to explore on foot, by bike or on horseback, each providing a different view of the surrounding landscape. From beauty spots like Temple Water, a man-made canal, to a tranquil bench in a hidden corner of the boundary trail, there's always more to discover on your journey. We ask that dogs remain on leads while on the trails and have a dedicated exercise field where your dog is free to run safely. The Secret Shore Nature Trail is an adventure for the whole family, and the Woodland playground is open for play.

In the historic Stableyard you'll find the secondhand bookshop, retail shop and tea-room where you can warm up with a hot drink and takeaway snacks. Try a Dexter beef sausage roll made in-house from our own Dexter herd.

Step into a fantasy world of as you explore the Georgian farmyard and the Lough shore, film locations for the television series Game of Thrones®. Castle Ward’s historic farmyard was featured as the location of Winterfell for much of Season 1. It’s where you'll find the Whispering Wood and key scenes including Robb Stark’s Camp, the Baelor battle and when Brienne confronts the Stark men.

Note - Due to livestock grazing, some areas may be restricted between 1st March and 30th November and signage will be in place for any affected trails.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Toilets for disabled visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Gift Shop
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Open Mondays
  • Open Sundays

Catering

  • Picnic Area
  • Serve lunch
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children's outdoor play area

COVID-19 Response

  • Contactless payment possible
  • Food available during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • Hygiene screens in place
  • Outside seating
  • Pets welcome during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Socially distanced spaced seating

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Accommodation on site
  • Fitness level required - low
  • Fitness level required - medium
  • Lost property
  • Route maps available
  • Self guided walks/cycle rides
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Visitor information

Leisure Facilities

  • Cycle hire
  • Outdoor activities
  • Water sports facilities
  • Wifi

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • Coach parking
  • On site parking
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted
  • Euros accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Coastal
  • Dogs Welcome Inside
  • Film or TV location
  • Forest Location
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Outdoor Attraction

Travel & Trade

  • Family Discount

Guide Prices

National Trust members - free entry
Standard Admission:
Adult: £10, Child: £5, Family: £25

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Opening Times

Open New Year

* Opening times
The estate is open from 10am to 6pm daily. The Shop, Bookshop and Tea-room are open from 11am to 4pm daily. Please visit the website for the most up to date opening information before planning your visit, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-ward

The Mansion House is open Friday to Sunday, 11am - 4pm until 31 October 2021. Open Bank holiday Mondays and all other public holidays in Northern Ireland.

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Road Directions

Directions from Town:Bus: Ulsterbus No. 16E between Downpatrick and Strangford, bus stop at Castle Ward gates. Car: On A25, 7 miles from Downpatrick and 1.5 miles from Strangford. Drive time: Belfast 45 minutes, Dublin 2.5 hours.

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