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Northern Ireland

Castle Ward

Unique 18th-century mansion, famed for its mixture of architectural styles

Strangford, Downpatrick, County Down, BT30 7BA

Family autumn day at Castle Ward

Planning your visit

Bluebells on Limpsfield Common

Spring content for exploring the Castle Ward estate 

Castle Ward boasts one of the UK and Ireland's finest bluebell displays, with the rare white bluebell occasionally spotted. A trail map makes finding these gems easier, while the bluebell trail itself is a springtime highlight, transforming the woodland into a fragrant sea of blue, particularly in May. Don't miss this enchanting sight during your visit to Castle Ward this spring.

The exterior of Downpatrick Gate Lodge, County Down

Stay at Castle Ward 

New for 2023. Book a break in this pretty lodge on the Castle Ward estate, surrounded by wildlife and walks with woodland, meadow and loughside views.

Family Autumn visit to stableyard, Castle ward

Visiting Castle Ward with Family 

From events and activities to inspiring your inner explorer, here's what you need to know about a family day out at Castle Ward.

A family of four cycling along the loughside trail at Castle Ward, County Down

Multi-use trails at Castle Ward 

Whether you’re walking, in a wheelchair, cycling or horse riding, explore the 21 miles of trails on the Castle Ward estate and discover woodland, meadows and loughside views.

A family  of three walking their dog in the grounds of Castle Ward, County Down, with the Classical front of the house in the background.

Visiting Castle Ward with your dog 

Castle Ward is a three pawprint rated place. Discover Castle Ward with your dog. With miles of trails to explore there's plenty of space for them to bound, sniff, jump and splash.

Staff and visitors looking at exhibits inside the house at Castle Ward, County Down, Northern Ireland.

Group visits to Castle Ward 

Find out how to book a group visit to Castle Ward and learn about the guided tours and additional benefits available when visiting this unique 18th-century mansion as a group.

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

Exploring the estate at Castle Ward 

Explore miles of trails, soak up coastal views and stroll through atmospheric woodland scenes. Tune into the seasons and see where Game of Thrones was filmed.

A young child and her mother bending down to look at flowers in the Sunken Garden in May at Castle Ward, County Down, Northern Ireland


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