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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...more
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Castleward House Castleward Estate | Strangford, Downpatrick BT30 7LS, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited in November, so the house was closed, but we enjoyed a walk along the trail until we had to curtail it because of rain. The younger members of the party were keen to see the Game of Thrones locations, but we felt there...More

Date of experience: November 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this house whilst travelling around N.Ireland on holiday. It is a very interesting place with lots to see. We had a nice long walk around the grounds. An excellent day out.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank John S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited Castle Ward mainly because of GOT and the Winterfell filming location. Entry into the grounds was overpriced for what you will actually see. The actual 'Winterfell' grounds are largely underwhelming. There are several other filming locations along the trail by the water around...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Vthc4
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Entrance fee is pretty high when most of the services are closed pretty much all the time, GOT tour is a waste of money it is all CGI nothing to see. Paths are in awful condition and unwalkable - DO NOT TAKE A BUGGY you...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Alco73
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Today at pumpkinfest was a disgrace. Beyond annoyed. Been going to castleward for years and although overpriced I feel and very little done over years to enhance the place we still go. Arrived with my two very excited dressed up kids and baby and husband....More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Annaco1979
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went specifically to have a tour of the house. The lady who conducted the tour (I believe her name was Marian)was very knowledgable and made the tour extremely pleasant and interesting. Thoroughly recommend it to all ages. The views across Strangford Lough are absolutely stunning....More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Janet M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited castle ward as part of our Game of Thrones tour. We enjoyed seeing the castle, and the grounds. It was interesting to see all of the CGI work that had been done on the show to make a castle ward look like Winterfell.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Tygerness
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wished we had more time at Castle Ward. We had time for the house tour and lunch then did the Winterfell Archery tour. It would have been nice to have longer on the estate.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Snodge
Reviewed 10 October 2019 via mobile

Gave 4/5 stars and not 5 because they closed the cafe unexpectedly when we were there around noon, and they told us due to high winds they’d be closing at 4pm instead of 5. We drove 3 hours to get there and wish those things...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank KellyM1298
Reviewed 30 September 2019

We had a wonderful trip to Castle Ward, visiting the site where Game of Thrones' 'Winterfell' was filmed. You don't have to be a GoT's fan to admire the architecture or glorious grounds - just pick one of the many enjoyable walks, wander around, soak...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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kmjjacobs
8 April 2019|
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Response from Rowley84 | Reviewed this property |
In my experience all sizeable National Trust properties.
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fiona5drums
3 March 2019|
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Response from Roamerabout7070 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Fiona, I don’t know but suggest you call the Castle Ward office who should be able to help. Good Luck
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Natalie815
21 January 2019|
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Response from redhead_roaming | Reviewed this property |
It might be worth emailing them to see what you’ll see on the tour compared to what you’ve found online to see (at the very least, you can come at it from the direction of whether the cycle tour is worth it). You’ll probably... More
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