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Castle Ward

Castleward House Castleward Estate | Strangford, Downpatrick BT30 7LS, Northern Ireland
+44 28 4488 1204
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Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour of Northern Ireland and Castle Ward from...
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3-Day Northern Ireland Small-Group Tour from Dublin
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Castle Ward will take you on a journey of discovery. The 18th-century eccentric house with two distinctly different styles, classical and Gothic, will entice you to explore further. This truly beautiful 332-hectare (820-acre) walled demesne, with walking trails, exotic garden, stunning vistas and picturesque farmyard, will unlock your imagination through family history, leisure pursuits, events and industrial heritage. A children's pastimes centre and laundry room are a short walk from the house in the stableyard, alongside a gift shop, second-hand bookshop and tea-room.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“national trust” (45 reviews)
“house tour” (31 reviews)
“game of thrones” (107 reviews)
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Castleward House Castleward Estate | Strangford, Downpatrick BT30 7LS, Northern Ireland
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"national trust"
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"house tour"
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"game of thrones"
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"sunken garden"
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"stable yard"
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"second hand bookshop"
in 13 reviews
"tea room"
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"caravan park"
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"interesting house"
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"the barn"
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"mount stewart"
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"the main house"
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"book shop"
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"walking trails"
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"lovely grounds"
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"gothic style"
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"extensive grounds"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We arrived before the house opened, but enjoyed exploring the gardens and grounds. The sunken garden is well worth seeing but the signs and the handout map are poor. Not knowing anything about Winterfell and the film we were surprised to be joined at the...More

Thank Roganroy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very impressed how well the gardens looked for an early May visit. Membership of National Trust allowed free admission, so well worth the cost if you visit the County Down N T properties alone.More

Thank Colum O
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CastleWard_VETeam, Manager at Castle Ward, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello Colum O, Thank-you for your lovely review, our gardener and his team of volunteers have done a brilliant job restoring the Sunken Garden and we are so glad you enjoyed it. We really appreciate the support your membership provides for the National Trust and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited on a sunny day - great walks round the estate. Followed the green and pink trails - which go along the loch shore. Be sure to see the lime walk and the stunning view of cabbage palms at the end of the lake near...More

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CastleWard_VETeam, Manager at Castle Ward, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello Clare R, Thank-you for your review. We are so glad you got to see Castle Ward in the sunshine, it certainly adds to the splendour of the estate. It's great to hear you enjoyed the various trails we have to offer throughout our place,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A truly lovely area. My wife and I stopped here along our path to the northern coast. Of course, the reason for the stop was because this is the filming location for Winterfell in Game of Thrones! Having been there, I wish that we had...More

Thank Justin G
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CastleWard_VETeam, Manager at Castle Ward, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello Justin G, Thank-you for taking the time to leave a review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time spent at our beautiful Castle Ward and got to see our Farmyard- home to Winterfell. There is so much to see here, from a guided...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Main reason for our visit was the game of thrones section however as we are national trust members we did the house, was interesting and worth a look. Good kids play area outside, good cafe and nice groundsMore

1  Thank Southwestpt
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CastleWard_VETeam, Manager at Castle Ward, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello Southwestpt, Thank-you for your review. We are so pleased you had a great day out with us, enjoying the different experiences our places has to offer. Thank-you for your support as a member of the National Trust, by visiting Castle Ward, you have helped...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Admission is by guided tour only but it is nice to take a walk around and to the shores of Lough. The Castle was filmed in the Game of Thrones series, its tower was multiplied by CGI.More

Thank Shimnik
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CastleWard_VETeam, Manager at Castle Ward, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello Shimnik, Thank-you for your review, I'm glad you enjoyed a nice walk around the lough shore. Guided tours for Game of Thrones are operated by Clearsky who run independently on the estate, but admission to Castle Ward includes the beautiful grounds, trails and mansion...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Price was a bit steep going in for what was on offer. The grounds were lovely as are the walks but you can find these for free. The best part was seeing the set used for Winter fell from Game of thrones and also the...More

Thank Geoffrey P
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CastleWard_VETeam, Manager at Castle Ward, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Geoffrey P, Thank-you for your feedback regarding your recent visit to Castle Ward, I'm glad you enjoyed the trails and the stunning views here at our beautiful place. I am disappointed you feel the price was a bit steep, however this does include access...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Castle ward is a lovely place but unfortunately the price does not match. Seems they have over priced it with GOT filiming there. such a disappointment as was a nice place to walk or take the kids on a bike ride. Yes i understand the...More

Thank Liam M
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CastleWard_VETeam, Manager at Castle Ward, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Liam M, Thank-you for your review, we really appreciate all the feedback our visitors have to offer. I am glad you understand the reasons for our admission fees, as a charity we do rely on these in order to care for our places. If...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved it all! Mary Ward was a really inspirational woman of her day - the staff were very knowledgeable - the house was interesting - the whole estate was surrounded by stunning scenery - ideal for lovely walks. The farmyard area would make a...More

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CastleWard_VETeam, Manager at Castle Ward, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello David G, What a lovely review to read, we are delighted you had such an enjoyable visit, enjoying all that Castle Ward has to offer! Mary Ward really is an iconic women- a naturalist, astronomer and an early pioneer of the microscope! This year...More

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Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

Great house very quirky. Staff have great story telling skills and really made us feel we had stepped back in history. Would recommend the tour if you have an hour or so spare.More

1  Thank Chris C
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CastleWard_VETeam, Manager at Castle Ward, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Chris C, Thank-you so much for your review regarding your recent visit to Castle Ward, we are so pleased you enjoyed the House tour and I will pass your lovely comments on to our House team! I hope you got to explore the rest...More

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nick a
17 April 2018|
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Response from irenajm | Reviewed this property |
If you have exact postcode can do a signal check on line .
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Albert P
5 April 2018|
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Response from JaneGoddard | Reviewed this property |
No you can walk around some of it but I guess the tour would show you more. We didn’t do the tour but still saw quite a bit of it.
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scarlett70
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