Castle Ward

Downpatrick Road Strangford BT30 7LS, Down

Castle Ward is an ideal destination for family days out with plenty to see and do within its 300 hectare walled demesne. Here you can visit the impressive yew tree terraces four tier, exotic, the restored Victorian sunken gardens and stroll around the stunning Temple Water or relax along the Lough Shore in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Whether you are looking to walk, cycle or horse ride, there are over 13 miles of multi-use, multi ability trails at Castle Ward to take you along the Lough shore or through the sheltered woodlands. There is also a 7.5 mile ‘Hoof Trail’ that is suitable for horses.

Its location on the shores of Strangford Lough in County Down, makes it an ideal location for those wanting to head out on the Lough in a canoe or go for a dip in the tranquil waters.

Other attractions include the Victorian laundry, corn mill, saw mill, Georgian farmyard and the Strangford Lough Wildlife Centre – film locations for the smash hit television series Game of Thrones. In addition, the eccentric 18th-century mansion with its unique mix of Gothic and Classic architecture and design rests on a rolling hillside and looks out over the Lough is open to the public

Those wanting to make a weekend of it can avail of the Caravan site, Potter’s Holiday Cottage and award winning camping pods tucked away in the woods in the heart of Castle Ward Estate

Stroll through the sunken garden and see vivid reds, yellows, greens and pinks from flowers and subtropical plants in this four tier Victorian garden.

Watch our resident crafters create hand-made pottery and jewellery before your eyes, while children draw and drive toy tractors in the barn.

You can also head out on the Lough in a canoe, climb and abseil the cliffs, and build a raft with Clearsky Adventure.

Round the day off with a treat in our tearoom or browse the gift shop and pick up a bargain at the second-hand bookshop.


By bus

Downpatrick to Strangford, bus stop at gates. Summer bus service weekends only.

By road

7 miles north-east of Downpatrick, 1 mile from Strangford on A25 - follow signs for Castle Ward only

By Foot

On Lecale Way

By Ferry

From Portaferry





Grounds, Gardens and Woodland are open from 10am - 8pm between April and September.

From October to March the opening times are 10am - 4pm

More detailed opening times can be found at:




Whole Property

Gift Aid

  • Adult: £14.30
  • Child: £7.20
  • Family: £35.80
  • 1 adult, 2 children: £21.50


  • Adult: £13.00
  • Child: £6.50
  • Family: £32.50
  • 1 adult, 2 children: £19.50
  • Group adult: £12.00
  • Group series: £6.00


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