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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.

Full of the sights and sounds of nature, Castle Espie is a great day out for families of all ages with woodland walks, soft play areas, events and workshops.

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.

 

Gold - Green Tourism Accredited 

Castle Espie is an exemplar of habitat restoration, sustainable design and green tourism. One of ten safe, accessible wetland centres in the UK and the only one in Northern Ireland, Castle Espie is run by a conservation charity, WWT.

 

  • 78 Ballydrain Road
  • Belfast
  • Antrim
  • BT23 6EA

Top Reasons To Visit

  • Marvellous year-round events and exhibitions
  • Free access to cafe, gift shop, gallery and soft play area
  • Epic wildlife spectacles
  • Wild Wood play area
  • Downy Duckling Tours in June

The Big Hide Out

26.84 KM
13 - 17 Feb 2023

Join the staff at Castle Espie Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre this mid term. Enjoy bird watching and other family fun activities

Castle Espie Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre
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