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WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre


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Castle Espie, 78 Ballydrain Road, Comber, County Down, BT23 6EA
two young girls looking through binoculars over the wetlands

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Set on the shores of the stunning Strangford Lough where almost the entire world’s population of Brent Geese resides during the winter months. Castle Espie is a tranquil and welcoming centre for everyone. 

Whether you are looking for a relaxing day out or are passionate about nature, there’s a world of wetland wildlife waiting to be discovered by you at Castle Espie Wetland Centre.

Get up close to Ireland's largest collection of native and exotic birds, ducks and geese from around the world or simply explore our woodland and shore-view walks, and dedicated bird hides all while enjoying spectacular views across Strangford Lough.

Add to that our magical sensory garden, Duckery, Graffan gallery, gift shop and Kingfisher Kitchen cafe and you are left with an unforgettable day out for everyone.

40% of all species live or breed in wetlands yet 87% of the worlds Wetlands have been lost over the past 300 years with one million wetland animal and plants species threatened with extinction. Wetlands play an important role in flood mitigation, filtration of pollutants and store more carbon that the world’s forests combined. Know that your visit to our centre at Castle Espie will have contributed towards the vital conservation work on Strangford Lough and beyond.

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Attraction Facilities

  • Gift Shop
  • Open Evenings
  • Open Mondays
  • Open Sundays


  • Cater for vegetarians
  • Local Produce
  • Picnic Area
  • Serve breakfast
  • Serve lunch
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Child seat available
  • Children's Menu Available
  • Children's outdoor play area
  • Children's Parties
  • Children's play area
  • Facilities for children
  • Highchairs Available

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Accommodation nearby
  • Cater for Corporate events
  • Cater for individuals
  • Cater for school groups
  • Conference facilities
  • Event venue
  • Family Fun
  • Fitness level required - low
  • Groups catered for
  • Online Booking
  • Route maps available
  • Shop
  • Talks
  • Toilets
  • Wi-fi available

Leisure Facilities

  • Wifi

Parking & Transport

  • Coach parking
  • Parking (free)
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals
  • In countryside
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Unique venue
  • Waterfront

Specialist Features

  • Marketed as green/environmentally friendly

Guide Prices

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Saturday, 23rd March 2024 - Sunday, 2nd June 2024

Bing and Flop stand in the foreground with a pond and wildlife behind them. Title reads 'Bing's Nature Explorers'Bing's Nature ExplorersLearn all about wetland nature and wildlife with a little help from Bing and his friends. Join Bing and Flop to become a Nature Explorer with activity trails, storytelling, character appearances and much more.
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Monday, 6th May 2024 - Monday, 6th May 2024

Two rubber ducks decorated to look like princessesMrs Maker's Mucky DucksLet their imaginations run free in mucky ducky land! Using the beautiful setting and wildlife at WWT Castle Espie as their inspiration, children will create a fabulous rubber ducky keepsake under the guidance of local artist Kerrie, aka Mrs Maker.
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Sunday, 9th June 2024 - Sunday, 9th June 2024

Tessa Ann sits in the grass playing a musical instrument.Wellness at the WetlandsHost Tessa Ann, of The Sound Healing Spa, will guide you on a sound healing experience allowing you the opportunity to relax and unwind as she plays the sounds of singing bowls, gongs, drums, complemented by her voice and sounds of the wildlife at this beautiful nature reserve space.
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Monday, 26th August 2024 - Monday, 26th August 2024

Collage bird made from card, tissue paper, feathers and other craft materials.Wee Birds Art WorkshopFamilies will be welcomed by Marianne from Boom Studios, based in Bangor, who will lead a "Wee Birds" art session. This is a mixed media session using collage to create birds inspired by the Castle Espie wildlife and landscape. This creative experience will allow little ones to use nature as their…
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Open New Year

* The Centre is open daily 10:00 - 17:00 except Christmas Eve 24th December & Christmas Day 25th December.
Kingfisher Cafe is open daily 10:00 - 16:00.

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Road Directions

Directions from Town:Take A2 from Newtownards to Comber. At the second Roundabout, take the Killyleagh/Downpatrick road A21 to the left. Turn first left at Ballydrain road.

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