Description

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.



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  • 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
  • Opening Hours

    Open seven days a week, except 24 and 25 December.

    November – January

    • Monday – Friday: 10am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 4.30pm

    February

    • Monday – Friday: 10am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 5pm

    March – June

    • Monday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm

    July and August

    • Monday – Sunday: 10am – 5.30pm

    September and October

    • Monday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm.

    The centre will remain open until 5.30pm on Bank and Public Holidays during the spring and summer months.

Spellbound Festival at Castle Espie Wetland Centre

29 - 31 Oct 2019

A Halloween treat for all the family with broomstick flight training, magical potion making in the woodland and spooky storytelling!

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