Your visit

Temple Water at Castle Ward, Co. Down

Here we've answered all your questions about what's available on site. Walk the trails, visit the tea-room and discover the sights and sounds of summer.

Arriving and parking:

  • There is no need to book your visit in advance. Members visit free, while non-members will need to pay on arrival
  • We have resumed membership card scanning, which means we need to move closer to you to scan your card. We do not need to hold your cards but please let staff know if you are not comfortable for this to take place
  • A recommended amount of time on site is 2.5 hours
  • Parking remains as normal. The gates close at 6pm

Staying safe

  • We've put one way systems in place for the tea-room, gift shop and bookshop
  • Visit the archway in the Stableyard to use the hand sanitiser provided before visiting any of the outlets. The trails have all reopened. There may be occasional closures to allow for grazing. The Deer Park is currently closed due to cattle grazing the area and diversions are in place. Find maps of all our trails below.
  • The Hoof Trail has also been updated. If you are riding your horse and you don't own an annual permit, please book an additional child ticket to cover the £5 cost of your daily permit. If you wish to purchase an annual permit, please contact the office on 
  • To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. Look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site.
  • If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.


Call into the Stableyard tea-room for lunches and treats
A family at the Stableyard Tea-room at Castle Ward
Call into the Stableyard tea-room for lunches and treats
  • The Secret Shore Nature Trail and natural play area is open for adventures.
  • The Woodland and Adventure Play Areas are open
  • There are lots of fun ideas and worksheets for family adventures available on our family hub here.