Castlewellan Forest Park, Castlewellan

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Castlewellan Forest Park is located in Castlewellan, Northern Ireland. It contains the national Arboretum of Northern Ireland, started in 1740, which contains trees from Asia, North and South America, and Australasia. Giant sequoia were planted in the 1850s. They are used by treecreepers, who burrow into its bark and make nests. The gardens were reopened in 2013 after undergoing maintenance.The peace maze located in the park was constructed between 2000 and 2001. It contains 6000 yew trees planted by volunteers from Northern Ireland. It was the longest permanent hedge maze in the world until July 2007, when the Pineapple Garden Maze in Wahiawa, Hawaii was extended.The Castlewellan Gold Leyland cypress was developed in the park from a mutant tree. It was selected by the park director, John Keown, and named Cupressus macrocarpa 'Keownii' in 1963. The original specimen is located in the ornamental gardens.Castwellan Castle is a Scottish baronial castle built by the Annesley family between 1856 and 1858. It is close to the entrance of the arboretum and overlooks Castlewellan Lake. The castle is now used as a Christian conference centre.
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  • There's activities for kids like canoeing and climbing walls. I've also seen people fishing the lake, I assume a permit would be required for it. Its also great for cycling and the shortest walk is ar...  more »
  • Castlewellan park is a great place for walking or cycling.lots of picnic tables &a good clean toilet block  more »
  • Huge camping field that can accommodate large family tents. Best to camp during the week. Stay clear at weekends as it is extremely noisy with large groups drinking into the early hours and local teenagers partying in the Park. It's a different park Mon to Fri. Hence the 5 stars.
  • We had a great couple of nights here with a large group of families with kids. There are lots of activities on site and to be honest we could’ve stayed for a week. A beautiful location. Only small downside would be the shower and bathroom facilities -they could do with being cleaned a bit more regularly. Overall,a fantastic time was had by all and I would love to return.
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