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Description

See the gothic and classical collide at Castle Ward, an eccentric 18th century mansion resting on a rolling hillside.

Looking out over the tranquil waters of Strangford Lough in County Down, this unique 18th century mansion is famed for its mixture of architectural styles.

Walk or cycle along the Lough trail or through the sheltered woodlands and spot butterflies, rabbits, ducks and swans. Stroll through the sunken garden and see vivid reds, yellows, greens and pinks from flowers and subtropical plants in the Victorian Sunken Garden.

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 the tearoom or browse the gift shop and pick up a bargain at the second-hand bookshop.
  • Castle Ward
  • Downpatrick
  • Down
  • BT30 7BA

Top Reasons To Visit

  • Historic mansion
  • 22 kilometres of multi-use trails
  • Georgian farmyard and loughshore
  • Victorian sunken garden
  • Game of Thrones film locations
  • Don't Miss

    • The farmyard complete with ducks, chickens and pygmy goats
    • The 36km of trails that loop throughout the estate – rent bikes from the Clearsky Adventure Centre and get exploring
    • Visit the Barn for children’s crafts, play-room and lots of ride-on tractors
    • Visit the artist’s studios and see the resident makers at work
    • Check out the ‘Secret Nature Shore Trail’ for a mile-long stretch of activities and nature to discover
  • HBO's Game of Thrones at Castle Ward

    Step into a fantasy world of castles and dragons as you explore the Georgian farmyard and the Lough shore, film locations for the smash hit television series Game of Thrones. 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. Visit to discover Winterfell for yourself, and join in with Winterfell Tours to get the full Westeros experience. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-ward/features/game-of-thrones-at-castle-ward for all the information.

Father’s Day at Castle Ward

46.19 KM
Sun, 16 Jun 2024, 10:00am

Celebrate Father’s day in style this year at Castle Ward with a supercar display!

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Bushcraft at Castle Ward

46.19 KM
Sat, 22 Jun 2024, 11:00am

Spend a day with an expert team from Buzzard Bushcraft in the wilds of Castle Ward and discover that the wilderness is a friend and not…

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Jazz Sundays at Castle Ward

46.19 KM
23 Jun - 01 Sep 2024
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Enjoy a live jazz event at Castle Ward, where you will be hosted by the Easy Swing Jazz Duo!

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Summer of Play at Castle Ward

46.19 KM
06 Jul - 26 Aug 2024
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Escape to Castle Ward National Trust this summer for the "Summer of Play" event!

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Paws for Nature at Castle Ward

46.19 KM
20 - 21 Jul 2024
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Head to Castle Ward for a pawsitively pettable affair! Unleash the fun with loads of delightful stalls, demonstrations, and bark-tastic training classes.

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Alpaca-Palooza & Donkey Delight

46.19 KM
Mon, 26 Aug 2024, 12:00pm

Castle Ward are inviting you to get up close & personal with their four-legged furry friends – Alpacas and Donkeys – in the Stable Yard.

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