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Unique 18th-century mansion, famed for its mixture of architectural styles

See the gothic and classical collide at Castle Ward, an eccentric 18th-century mansion resting on a rolling hillside and looking out over the tranquil waters of Strangford Lough in County Down.

Walk or cycle along the Lough trail or through the sheltered woodlands and spot butterflies, rabbits, ducks and swans.

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.

Stroll through the sunken garden and see vivid reds, yellows, greens and pinks from flowers and subtropical plants in this four tier Victorian garden.

Watch our resident crafters create hand-made pottery and jewellery before your eyes, while children draw and drive toy tractors in the barn.

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 our tearoom or browse the gift shop and pick up a bargain at the second-hand bookshop.

Calling all food lovers - Bread Festival

Our International Bread Festival will tantalise your taste buds with breads and foods from around the world on Bank Holiday Monday 5 May.

Celebrity chefs Angela Hartnett and Atul Kochhar join French master baker Richard Bertinet for this special food fiesta. All three are regulars on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen and a plethora of other shows.

You can also see how our farmyard would have looked 150 years ago as we bring it to life with our corn mill and demonstrations from the Ulster American Folk Park.

Standard admission applies. Members free. For more details click here

Join the egg hunt this Easter

2014 Cadbury Easter Egg Trail Logo

Join us this Easter for one of our biggest fun-filled events of the year!

We have 10,000 eggs to be found in our Easter egg hunt, Cadbury’s Easter trail, face painting, chicken run, Easter egg roll, farm animals, crafters and more.

Children can also enjoy the adventure and woodland playgrounds, as well as our barn play area. Our gift shop, tea room and second-hand book shop are all open.

Standard admission, National Trust members free. We look forward to seeing you!

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