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Castle Ward, Downpatrick

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Castle Ward is an 18th-century National Trust property located near the village of Strangford, in County Down, Northern Ireland, in the townland of the same name. It overlooks Strangford Lough and is 7 miles from Downpatrick and 1.5 miles from Strangford.

Castle Ward is open to the public and includes 332 hectares (820 acres) of landscaped gardens, a fortified tower house, Victorian laundry, theatre, restaurant, shop, saw mill and a working corn mill. It has a shore on Strangford Lough. From 1985 to 2010 it has also hosted Castleward Opera, an annual summer opera festival.

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  • Hi! I visited castleward 5 years ago December 2015, with my friend & it was one of the best tours I’ve ever been on! Not only was the experience magnificent! From the scenery to the cute little...  more »
  • We stayed in the Potters Cottage in Castle Ward for a two night break. The Castle Ward Estate itself is breathtaking. Gorgeous grounds, walks and scenery. We thoroughly enjoyed staying in the...  more »
  • Very interesting house and gardens maintained by National Trust. Beautiful views of Strangford Lough and the surrounding countryside. Lots of trails to explore with a mix of coastal, forest and countryside paths. Something to see no matter what the time of year you visit and many points of interest within the grounds. Formal gardens have recently been restored and are worth seeing. There's so much to see that it would take several visits before you feel you've covered it all. Plenty to keep kids occupied too with a couple of play areas. Tour of house available and recommended.
  • Awesome place. Beautiful nature, very helpful staff and the Game of thrones bicycle tour was awesome. The intro was presented by John, a cool guy with a great sense of humor. Lots of interesting stories and tips. The bikes were cool mountainbikes in a good condition and the digital guide worked perfectly, gave a very good overview and a lot of additional information. All in all a place definitely worth a visit.
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