For groups

A great day out

View of the classical side of Castle Ward with Strangford Lough beyond © Nick Meers

View of the classical side of Castle Ward with Strangford Lough beyond

There is always something new to see, so whether you are visiting for the day or just a couple of hours this is the perfect place for a group visit.

We aim to make your group visit to Castle Ward the very best experience by working with you to meet your needs wherever possible. We look forward to welcoming you to Castle Ward.

Discover more

  • Castle Ward © Andreas von Einsiedel

    Mansion tour

    A guided tour offers an insight into the Ward family life, highlighting both architectural styles.

  • Explore the Victorian Sunken Garden and why not stay for a picnic © Kara McCulluogh

    Garden tour

    Take a tour of the exotic Sunken Garden containing many historical garden features.

  • Special booking group tours

    Special interest tours take a closer look at the untold life and stories behind Castle Ward's exterior.

Group information

  • Average length of visit: 2 hours
  • Maximum of 2 groups per day during opening hours
  • Coach parking in main car park
  • Drop-off point, 100 yards from entrance
  • Introductory talk and out of hours tours available (additional charge)

National Trust gift shop

Buy a treat for yourself in the gift shop © National Trust, Caste Ward

Buy a treat for yourself in the gift shop

Take time to browse.

During your visit to Castle Ward make sure and visit our beautiful gift shop. Located in the stable yard you will find many items made by extremely talented local crafts people that have been carefully selected for you to purchase.

National Trust second-hand bookshop

Browse through our second-hand bookshop and find yourself a treasure © National Trust, Castle Ward

Browse through our second-hand bookshop and find yourself a treasure

Pick up a bargain.

Our bookshop is run by a group of knowledgeable volunteers. Their expertise and the range of subjects on offer guarantees a memorable experience during your visit.

Tea room

Relax and enjoy local produce in our Stableyard Tea Room © National Trust, Castle Ward

Relax and enjoy local produce in our Stableyard Tea Room

Relax in quaint surroundings.

The tea room offers a menu of light refreshments - scones, soup and sandwiches. There are up to 70 covers although out of hours catering is avaliable.

How to book

Experience something new this year with a group visit to Castle Ward

Groups are required to book in advance for their visit to Castle Ward. Please let us know it you have special requirements, we will be happy to help. To book contact 028 4488 1204 or email Jacqueline Baird

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