Castle Ward

Castle Ward

Castle Ward is an ideal destination for family days out with plenty to see and do within its 300 hectare walled demesne. Here you can visit the Impressive Yew Tree terraces four tier, exotic, Victorian sunken gardens and stroll around the stunning Temple Water or relax along the Lough Shore in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Whether you are looking to walk, cycle or horse ride, there are over 13 miles of multi-use, multi ability trails at Castle Ward to take you along the Lough shore or through the sheltered woodlands. There is also a 7.5 mile ‘Hoof Trail’ that is suitable for horses.

Its location on the shores of Strangford Lough in County Down, makes it an ideal location for those wanting to head out on the Lough in a canoe or go for a dip in the tranquil waters.

Other attractions include the Victorian laundry, corn mill, saw mill, Georgian farmyard and the Strangford Lough Wildlife Centre – film locations for the smash hit television series Game of Thrones. In addition, the eccentric 18th-century mansion with its unique mix of Gothic and Classic architecture and design rests on a rolling hillside and looks out over the Lough is open to the public

Those wanting to make a weekend of it can avail of the Caravan site, Potter’s Holiday Cottage and four award winning camping pods tucked away in the woods in the heart of Castle Ward Estate

Stroll through the sunken garden and see vivid reds, yellows, greens and pinks from flowers and subtropical plants in this four tier Victorian garden.

Watch our resident crafters create hand-made pottery and jewellery before your eyes, while children draw and drive toy tractors in the barn.

You can also head out on the Lough in a canoe, climb and abseil the cliffs, and build a raft with Clearsky Adventure.

Round the day off with a treat in our tearoom or browse the gift shop and pick up a bargain at the second-hand bookshop.

Facilities

Signage
Walks around the Demesne are Waymarked
Shop
Shop for local produce and second-hand bookshop
Café
Stableyard tea-room
Accessibility
Alternative entrance and ramp available to enter building. 2 wheelchairs available, BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Ground floor accessible - basement and tunnel not - to wheelchair users. Partly accessible grounds. Map of accessible route. Staff-driven multi-seater vehicle. Braille guide.
Accessible parking
Separate mobility parking, 50 yards.
Family and Children
Family guide, children's adventure playground in woodland), children's quiz/trail and activity packs, baby changing and feeding facilities, Victorian Past Times Centre with toys and dressing up

Opening Hours

Grounds, Gardens and Woodland are open from 10am - 8pm between April and September.

From October to March the opening times are 10am - 4pm


More detailed opening times can be found at: 

http://goo.gl/Msepu7

Charges

Access: 

 

Gift Aid

Whole property

  • Adult: £7.30
  • Child: £3.65
  • Family: £18.25
  • Group adult: n/a
  • Group child: n/a

Standard

Whole property

  • Adult: £6.63
  • Child: £3.31
  • Family: £16.59
  • Group adult: £5.50
  • Group child: n/a

 

Parking: 

Free parking - 250 yards

Getting There

By bus

Downpatrick to Strangford, bus stop at gates. Summer bus service weekends only.

By road

7 miles north-east of Downpatrick, 1 mile from Strangford on A25 - follow signs for Castle Ward only

By Foot

On Lecale Way

By Ferry

From Portaferry

 



Walk Trails

Circular, 8.7 miles

Castle Ward Boundary Trail. A walking & cycling trail around the boundary of Castle Ward Dem.

Circular, 1.8 miles

Castle Ward Castle Trail. A short walk close to the shore of Strangford Lough..

Circular, 1.6 miles

Castle Ward Farm Trail. A cycling & walking trail through woodland and farmland.

Linear, 0.7 (one way) miles

Castle Ward Shore Trail. An all-ability multi-use trail on the shores of Strangford Lough.

Mountain Bike Trails

Cycling Routes

Circular, 8.1 miles

Castle Ward Boundary Trail. A walking & cycling trail around the boundary of Castle Ward Demesne.

Circular, 2.5 miles

Castle Ward Farm Trail. An off road cycling & walking trail through woodland and farmland taking in Audley's Castle.

Linear, 1.2 miles

Castle Ward Shore Trail. A trail suitable for all abilities along the shore of Strangford Lough.

Canoeing Routes

Castle Ward. On the Strangford Lough Canoe Trail.

Outdoor Activity Centres

+44(0)28 43 723 933
fun@clearsky-adventure.com

Clearsky Adventure Centre.

Other Activities

Archery
Available from Clearsky Adventure Centre http://www.clearsky-adventure.com/

Clay Pigeon Shooting
Available from Clearsky Adventure Centre http://www.clearsky-adventure.com/

Climbing
Available from Clearsky Adventure Centre http://www.clearsky-adventure.com/

Mountain Biking
Available from Clearsky Adventure Centre http://www.clearsky-adventure.com/

Coasteering & Bouldering
Available from Clearsky Adventure Centre http://www.clearsky-adventure.com/

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Contact

+44 (0)28 4488 1204

Location

Downpatrick Road
Strangford
BT30 7LS

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