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Castle Ward House and Demesne

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Downpatrick Road, Strangford, County Down,
Miss Jacqueline Baird
T: (028) 4488 1204
E: castleward@nationaltrust.org.uk

Wooded walks, adventure centre and horse trails is just a glimpse of what's on offer at Castle Ward.

Castle Ward is full of personality. Situated in a stunning location overlooking Strangford Lough, the lawns rise up to the unique 18th century house and its Gothic façade. This fascinating house features both Gothic and Classical styles of architectural treatment, internally and externally.

Inside the beautiful 820 acre walled demesne you will find an exotic sunken garden and paths that wind their way through woodland and suddenly open onto the quiet shores of the Lough.

• Fascinating home of the Ward family since the 16th century.
• One of the most complete demesne landscapes to survive in Ireland.
• Victorian laundry, corn mill and sawmill illustrate how the demesne worked.
• Woodland, lakeside and parkland walks with stunning viewpoints.
• Impressive Yew tree terraces and stunning Temple Water.
• Dress up and play with period toys in the Victorian Past Times centre.
• Children’s adventure play area.
• Visit the horses, pigs and hens in the farmyard.
• Strangford Lough Wildlife Centre.
• Clearsky Adventure Centre and horse trails.
• Browse the enticing gift shop and rummage around the second hand book shop.
• Caravan site, Potter’s Holiday Cottage and four camping pods.

Visitor facilities:
• Browse the enticing gift shop and rummage around the second hand book shop.
• Historic house
• Mill
• Industrial heritage
• Farm Yard
• Garden
• Park
• Shop
• Suitable for picnics
• Country walk
• Access for visitors with disability
• Facilities for families
• Available for functions.

Winner of Highly Commended Best Visitor Experience, NI Tourism Awards 2014.

In 2015 Castle Ward House and Demesne were awarded a Silver Award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme.