Explore the mansion and gardens at Castle Ward

A view of the house from the sunken gardens

Catch your first glimpse of the classical front of the house as you enter the drive. The 18th-century mansion is built in two contrasting architectural styles, the Classical facade to the lawn and the Gothic facing Strangford Lough.

Browse our collections

We've spent lots of time creating a comprehensive list of all the magnificent items we have in our mansion. We're delighted to be able to share these details with you on the collections website so check out some of our weird and wonderful collections.
 
Find out more about Bertha the bear on a tour
A stuffed Kodiak bear which forms part of the collection at Castle Ward
Find out more about Bertha the bear on a tour
 

Find out more on a tour

Take a guided tour of the mansion house to discover the story behind the unusual architecture, see the house decorated in Georgian style and find out all about the Ward family and their staff over the last few hundred years. You'll see some of the more unusual items in our collection like the stuffed Kodiak bear which is named after one of Lord Bangor's daughters, the boxing squirrels and the large Gothic press (wardrobe) which perfectly matches the Gothic exterior.
 
House tours take place between March and October, starting at 12noon daily and last entry at 4pm. Tours are free but tickets must be collected from Reception in the Stableyard. On Sundays the house operates as free flow from 1pm so no tickets are necessary.
 
Find out more about Castle Ward on a self-led visit to the mansion house.
Visitors on a house tour at Castle Ward, Co. Down
Find out more about Castle Ward on a self-led visit to the mansion house.
 

A working house

The estate had its own smithy and, closer to the main house, stables and coach houses and its own laundry and dairy. 
 
The historic laundry at Castle Ward
The historic laundry at Castle Ward
The historic laundry at Castle Ward
 
The working laundry and wash house was essential to the running of the big house. The laundry spaces and the drying loft are still much as they were in the 19th century.
 

Gardens and pleasure ground

In contrast to the naturalistic style of the park surrounding the house, the Victorian taste for formal gardens and bedding is reflected in the Sunken Garden. 
 
The restored garden in bloom in Spring
The restored Windsor Garden at Castle Ward, Strangford, Co Down
The restored garden in bloom in Spring
 
Temple Water is an important piece of garden history. Although canals of this sort became fashionable among landowners in Ireland at this time it is now one of the very few to survive.
 
Come and take a stroll and enjoy seasonally spectacular gardens.