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1. Castlewellan Forest Park

Top 10 ten places to visit in Northern Ireland - Western County Down

Castlewellan Forest Park

Located in a dramatic setting of mountains and sea, this is one of the most outstanding tree and shrub collections in Europe. The beauty, vigour and perfect shape of the trees in the National Aboretum attract tree enthusiasts from around the world. Why not give fly fishing a try? Contact the park office for details.
 
Castlewellan also has numerous features that draw a wider attention. The garden is a mixture of informal and formal design with terraces, fountains, ornamental gates and flower borders. To walk around the forest park's mile-long lake, encountering some intriguing modern sculptures on the way, is to enjoy a great experience of eighteenth-century landscaping.

The planting of the walled garden, the focus of the arboretum, was begun in the 1850s and rare conifers and maples were later imported directly from Japan. Then came the addition of more rich varieties, including Chilean eucryphias, Australian athrotaxis and pittosporum and Chinese rhododendrons. The arboretum holds many trees with record heights in the British Isles.

The Forest Park's latest attraction, the Peace Maze, is the world's largest permanent hedge maze representing the path to a peaceful future for Northern Ireland. Planted in 2000 with community involvement, it is maturing quickly and visitors attempt to solve their way to the peace bell in the centre of the maze.

Castlewellan Forest Park Address:
Main Street
Castlewellan
Down
BT31 9BU
Northern Ireland, UK

Castlewellan Forest Park Opening Times:
Open every day 10.00am until sunset

Castlewellan Forest Park Admission:
Adult £2.00
Child £0.50
Parking 
Car £4.00
Motorbike £2.00
Minibus £10.00
Coach £25.00 

T  +44 (0)28 4377 8664

F  +44 (0)28 4377 1762

E  customer.forestservice @dardni.gov.uk

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