Castle Espie Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre
Castle Espie is truly a magical place for people of all ages offering adventure for everyone with wild woodland walks, soft play areas, events and workshops, art exhibitions and retail therapy. Castle Espie's tranquil setting offers the best views of Strangford Lough, County Down and is home to Ireland's largest collection of native and exotic water-birds.
Whether you are seeking adventure or relaxation, Castle Espie is the perfect destination and every visit can be rounded off with a visit to the Kingfisher Kitchen where you can enjoy food and drinks to suit all tastes.
In Autumn visitors can witness almost the entire population of migratory Brent Geese. The centre has the most significant habitat improvement of its kind in Ireland, including restored lagoons, grasslands, salt marshes and reed beds.
Open 7 days a week, except 24 and 25 December.
- November to January - Monday to Friday: 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4.30pm
- February - Monday to Friday: 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm
- March to June - Monday to Sunday: 10am to 5pm
- July and August - Monday to Sunday: 10am to 5.30pm
- September and October: Monday to Sunday: 10am to 5pm.
- The centre will remain open until 5.30pm on Bank and Public Holidays during the spring and summer months.
Directions to Castle Espie Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre
The centre is located 2.5 miles from Comber on the Ballydrain Road, off the A22 Comber/Killyleagh Road.From Belfast follow the A22 towards Comber until you reach the roundabout. Turn right on to the A22 Comber/Killyleagh/Downpatrick road then turn first left at the Ballydrain Road.Free car parking is available at the centre.