Dog friendly Castle Ward

A visitor with a dog at the trailhead cafe at Castle Ward, County Down.

We're turning Castle Ward into a haven for dog walkers with two new dog friendly spots on the estate including a dog exercise area and a cafe where your pup is welcome indoors.

Dog-Friendly Cafe

The Trailhead Cafe in our farmyard is now our dog-friendly space on the estate to grab a cuppa while out on a walk. Serving hot drinks, paninis and sweet treats, it's the perfect spot to call into when you're exploring. 

Alongside treats for humans, there is also a small selection of dog snacks and toys available in the cafe and nearby gift-shop.

Please note the Trailhead Cafe is closed for the winter and we re-open in March.

Maggie hanging out at the Trailhead Cafe
Maggie the dog at the dog-friendly cafe at Castle Ward
Maggie hanging out at the Trailhead Cafe

Dog Exercise Field

Our new dog exercise field is located near our admission hut and main car park. After a walk round the trails you can let your dog safely off the lead to release some energy before heading home. Park in the Overflow Car-park beside our admission hut and head through the gate into the field!

Temple Water is a quiet spot to explore with your dog
Visitor with their dog at Temple Water, Castle Ward
Temple Water is a quiet spot to explore with your dog

Dogs on leads

Castle Ward operates a dogs on leads policy due to high volume of people. other dogs, children, horses and cyclists which use our trails daily. As a courtesy to others and for the safety of your own dog around livestock, we ask that you keep your dog on a lead on our trails. During ground-nesting bird season (March to September).