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Castle Ward Estate, Strangford, Downpatrick, County Down, UK, BT30 7LS

Castle Ward Caravan Park

An aerial view of Castle Ward Caravan Park and Strangford Lough, County Down
An aerial view of Castle Ward Caravan Park and Strangford Lough, County Down | © National Trust/Brian Morrison
Camping pitches at Castle Ward Caravan Park, County Down
A view of Strangford Lough from a Plus Pod at Castle Ward Caravan Park, County Down

Castle Ward Caravan Park

Historical attractions and nature trails on the lough shore, a short walk from vibrant Strangford village.

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Camping pitches at Castle Ward Caravan Park, County Down
A view of Strangford Lough from a Plus Pod at Castle Ward Caravan Park, County Down
An aerial view of Castle Ward Caravan Park and Strangford Lough, County Down
An aerial view of Castle Ward Caravan Park, County Down
An aerial view of Castle Ward Caravan Park, County Down
An aerial view of Castle Ward Caravan Park and Strangford Lough, County Down
An aerial view of the camping field and hardstanding pitches at Castle Ward Caravan Park, County Down
Campervans at Castle Ward Campsite, Northern Ireland
Camping at Castle Ward Caravan Park, County Down
The interior of a Standard Pod or Family Pod at Castle Ward Caravan Park, County Down
The interior of a Standard Pod or Family Pod at Castle Ward Caravan Park, County Down
The interior of a Plus Pod at Castle Ward Caravan Park, County Down
The interior of a Plus Pod at Castle Ward Caravan Park, County Down
A Plus Pod at Castle Ward Caravan Park, County Down
The Potter's Cottage and the surrounding area, County Down
The area surrounding The Potter's Cottage, County Down
The area surrounding The Potter's Cottage, County Down
The Castle Ward estate, County Down
The Castle Ward estate, County Down
An aerial view of Strangford Lough, County Down

© National Trust/Brian Morrison

Historical attractions and nature trails on the lough shore, a short walk from vibrant Strangford village.

At a glance

Type of accommodation
Tents, Campervans, Caravans, Motorhomes, Pods
Number of places / pitches
35
Seasons
1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2024
Minimum stay
1 night
Dogs welcome per pitch
2

About Castle Ward Caravan Park

Castle Ward Caravan Park is near the many trails that criss-cross the Castle Ward estate, once known for its eccentric owners and mansion house, and now famous as Winterfell in Game of Thrones. There's a real variety of trails for all levels of walking, with peaceful places to discover even in the holidays - perfect for spotting a red squirrel or a pine marten. They're also suitable for bikes which are available for hire, including balance bikes for small children.

It's on the shore of Strangford Lough, the largest sea lough in the British Isles. You can paddle its calm waters by canoe or kayak to spot seals, porpoises and otters as well as many sea birds. The area is steeped in history, with Mesolithic hunter gatherers, Vikings and Norman invaders all leaving their mark.

A 15-minute walk takes you into Strangford Village, with lots of family-friendly pubs and restaurants and a lively summer festival. You can catch the ferry from there to Portaferry for sandy beaches and the acquarium. Local villages offer antiques, galleries, historical buildings and plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants. 

Check-in is from 2pm, with departures by 12noon.To help preserve the site's tranquillity, the maximum number of adults in any booking is four and this applies whether you book together or separately. Parties of more than four adults and four children are considered a group. For group bookings including organised groups like Duke of Edinburgh, directions, late arrivals, facility information, electric vehicle charging, local area guides and more, please check the Guide to Castle Ward Caravan Park.

Features and facilities

  • BBQs allowed, available
  • Electric hook-up, available
  • Laundry, available
  • Toilets, available
  • Water hook-up, available
  • Chemical disposal, available
  • Hardstanding, available
  • Showers, available
  • Washing-up area, available

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Castle Ward Caravan Park, County Down

Take a tour of lough-side campsite Castle Ward Caravan Park, with cosy pods as well as pitches for tents, campervans and caravans.

An aerial view of Castle Ward Caravan Park, County Down

Caravans, campervans, motorhomes and trailer tents

Castle Ward has 25 hardstanding pitches, all with electric hook-up and water hook-up, surrounded by woodland on the lough shore. Nearly all have space for an awning or canopy, and a car or motorbike parked alongside. Please note, the entrance gates to the Caravan Park are 2.95 metres wide so we can't accept vehicles too wide to enter.

An aerial view of Castle Ward Caravan Park in winter, County Down

Pitching your tent

There are 10 simple tent pitches with no hook-up on the grass in the centre of the campsite. You can park alongside your tent. There are pitches for all sizes of tents, so please read the descriptions in the booking system carefully to help you make your choice. Large tents will need two pitches. There's more information about tent sizes in the Guide to Castle Ward Caravan Park.

A Plus Pod at Castle Ward Caravan Park, County Down

Pods

There's a handful of pods in the trees at Castle Ward, up on a slope looking across the site. The pods offer a few simple comforts - a soft floor, heat, light and sockets. Think of a pod as a replacement for your tent, and bring all your other camping gear, including sleeping bags, a sleeping mat if you'd like to place it on top of the mattresses provided, pots and pans, a stove and camping chairs. You can find out more in the Guide to Castle Ward Caravan Park..

Interior of a Regular Pod at Great Langdale Campsite, Cumbria

Standard Pods and Family Pods

These pods are one room and have floor mattresses that can be folded up and used as seats in the day. Standard Pods sleep up to two adults and one child, while Family Pods sleep up to two adults and three children. A maximum of two adults can sleep in each pod, and they're not dog friendly.

A Plus Pod interior at Castle Ward Caravan Park, County Down

Plus Pods

Plus Pods have a front and back section. The front section has two benches with mattresses, which can be used as seating in the day and single beds at night. There is storage space under the benches and hooks to hang equipment. The back section also has floor mattresses, which can be folded up for extra seating. A maximum of two adults can sleep in each pod, and they're not dog friendly.

An aerial view of the camping field and hardstanding pitches at Castle Ward Caravan Park, County Down
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Guide to Castle Ward Caravan Park 

Find all the information you need to book and plan your holiday at Castle Ward Caravan Park...

A family exploring the gardens at Castle Ward, Co Down, Northern Ireland, in summer

Things to see and do while you stay

There are six trails on the Castle Ward estate and when you arrive, we’ll give you a map and help you decide where to start. Some head off for miles of adventure, while others are leisurely and perfectly placed for stopping off at the National Trust Café, near the shop and second-hand bookshop. Four are suitable for families. Castle Ward is a great place to visit as a family, with plenty happening on the estate in the summer holidays including a whole programme of Summer of Play activities. There's a woodland play area and adventure play area open every day, a 20-minute walk from the campsite. You have free entry to all National Trust places during your stay, so as well as making the most of Castle Ward's house, garden and historic farmyard, head for Murlough National Nature Reserve, Mount Stewart and Rowallane Garden.

The Starks during Game of Thrones filming at Castle Ward
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Game of Thrones 

The Castle Ward Estate provided some of the most recognisable locations in season one of Game of Thrones. The historic farmyard stood in for parts of Winterfell, including the archery range where the Stark children practised their skills. Take a wander round the wider estate and you might also recognise Robb Stark’s army camp. The battle between the Starks and Lannisters in episode nine (‘Baelor’) was also filmed here, along with the scene in episode ten (‘Fire and Blood’) where Brienne confronts three Stark men. You can pick up a map of the key locations when you arrive.

The exterior of The Potter's Cottage, County Down

Holiday cottages at Castle Ward 

For friends and family who'd like to join your holiday, there are two holiday cottages at Castle Ward. The Potter's Cottage (sleeps four, dog friendly) is in the former farmyard, right in the hub of the estate. Downpatrick Gate Lodge (sleeps two, dog friendly) is a romantic little cottage, tucked away on a secluded part of the estate.

Exploring the area

A view of the Copeland Islands, County Down
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Strangford Lough 

A most beautiful landscape of international importance

Strangford, County Down

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A grey seal bobbing in the sea at Godrevy
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Wildlife at Strangford Lough 

The lough is one of only three designated Marine Nature Reserves in the UK. When the tide is out you see the mud flats which is winter attract wading birds like curlews, and geese.

A family kayaking on the shores of Strangford Lough, County Down. An adult and two children are in a kayak on the water, while other family members stand on the shore.
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Canoeing and kayaking at Strangford Lough 

Grab your kit and explore the largest sea lough in the British Isles. Soak up unique views, spot marine wildlife and see the many islands dotted along this part of the coast.

A grassy path, with two people on it, leads between trees towards water on the Castle Ward loughside trail at Castle Ward, Northern Ireland
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Loughside walk at Castle Ward 

Northern Ireland

Explore the waterside, with a ruined castle, woodland, an ornamental lake, follies and wildlife to spot along the way, on this easy circular walk.

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 2.5 (km: 4)