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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.
- Toilets for disabled visitors
- Gift Shop
- Guided Tours Available
- Picnic Area
- Tea-room/Cafe onsite
Children & Infants
- Baby changing facilities
- Children's outdoor play area
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
- All major credit/debit cards accepted
- Euros accepted
- Dogs Welcome Inside