Castle Ward is full of personality. Situated in a stunning location overlooking Strangford Lough, the lawns rise up to the unique 18th century house and its Gothic façade. This fascinating house features both Gothic and Classical styles of architectural treatment, internally and externally.
This unique 18th-century mansion, famed for its mixture of architectural styles, is run by the National Trust. Inside the beautiful 820 acre walled demesne you will find an exotic sunken garden and paths that wind their way through woodland and suddenly open onto the quiet shores of the Lough.
This was the home of the Viscounts Bangor since 1781 until the death of the 6th Viscount in 1950. A guided house tour will tell you how Bernard, 1st Viscount, and Lady Ann chose different styles for the same house, why Edward, 3rd Viscount, had to renew part of the rooms, and when the Russian bear arrived at Castle Ward.
The fascinating home of the Ward family since the 16th century is one of the most complete demesne landscapes to survive in Ireland. See the Victorian laundry, cornmill and sawmill, which illustrate how the demesne worked or follow the woodland, lakeside and parkland walks with stunning view points, particularly the impressive yew tree terraces and stunning Temple Water.
- Dress up and period toys in the Victorian Past Times centre
- Children’s adventure play area
- Visit the horses, pigs and hens in the farmyard
- Strangford Lough Wildlife Centre
- Clearsky Adventure Centre and horse trails
- The gift shop and rummage around the second hand book shop
- Caravan site and Potter’s Holiday Cottage.
HBO's Game of Thrones at Castle Ward
Castle Ward’s historic farmyard was featured as the location of Winterfell, for much of season one. 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.