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Castle Ward

Explore this exceptional 820-acre walled property dramatically set overlooking Strangford Lough and marvel at the quirky mid Georgian mansion, home of the Ward family since the 16th century. An architectural curiosity, it is built inside and out in the distinctly different styles of classical and gothic.
 
Children can dress up and play with period toys in the Victorian Past Times Centre or learn about local wildlife at the Strangford Lough Wildlife Centre. Winding woodland, lakeside and parkland walks afford amazing unexpected vistas. Stay at the caravan site or holiday cottage and you'll have longer to explore. 
 
Facilities include a gift shop, a second hand book shop and a tea room.
 
Castle Ward Address:
Castle Ward
Strangford
Downpatrick
County Down
BT30 7LS
Northern Ireland, UK

Castle Ward Opening Times:

Grounds 
1st March – 31st March,  10.00am – 4.00pm, Monday to Sunday
1st April – 30th September, 10.00am – 8.00pm, Monday to Sunday 
1st October – 29th February, 10.00am  – 4.00pm, Monday to Sunday

House 
17th March – 19th March, 1.00pm – 6.00pm, Monday, Saturday and Sunday 
1st April  – 5th April, 1.00pm – 6.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 
6th April - 15th April, 1.00pm – 6.00pm, Monday to Sunday 
16th April – 28th May, 1.00pm – 6.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 
1st June – 30th June, 1.00pm – 6.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 
1st July – 31st August, 1.00pm – 6.00pm, Monday to Sunday 
1st September – 30th September, 1.00pm – 6.00pm, Saturday and Sunday
 
Castle Ward Admission:
House, grounds & wildlife centre (Gift Aid)
Adult £6.50
Child £3.00
Family £16.00
Groups £5.00
Group visits outside normal hours £6.50
House, grounds & wildlife centre (standard)
Adult £5.90
Child £2.72
Family £14.54
Grounds & wildlife centre only (Gift Aid)
Adult £4.50
Child £2.00
Family £10.50
Groups £3.10
Grounds & wildlife centre only (standard)
Adult £4.09
Child £1.81
Family £9.54

Admission by guided tour
Open Bank Holiday Mondays and all other public holidays in Northern Ireland including 17th March
Last admission 1hour before closing
*Easter week
Last house tour starts at 5.00pm
Corn mill operates on Sundayns during open season
For wildlife centre opening times contact +44 (0)28 4488 1411

T  +44 (0)28 4488 1204

   +44 (0)28 4488 1543 (Learning)

F  +44 (0)28 4488 1729
 
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