A completely walled Irish landscaped demesne with two tower houses, Ireland’s largest surviving 18th century ornamental canal and only truly two-faced house.

A unique 18th-century mansion, famed for its mixture of architectural styles

See the gothic and classical collide at Castle Ward, an eccentric 18th-century mansion resting on a rolling hillside and looking out over the tranquil waters of Strangford Lough in County Down.

Walk or cycle along the Lough trail or through the sheltered woodlands and spot butterflies, rabbits, Irish hares, buzzards, pine martins and swans.

Step into a fantasy world of castles and dragons as you explore the Georgian Farmyard on the shores of Strangford Lough, boasting ten film locations for the global television series HBO Game of Thrones.

Stroll through the sunken garden and see vivid reds, yellows, greens and pinks from flowers and subtropical plants in the four tier Victorian garden.

Watch our resident crafters create hand-made pottery and jewelley before your eyes, while children draw and drive toy tractors in the barn.

Experience Strangford Lough in a canoe, climb and abseil the cliffs, and build a raft with the on-site outdoor pursuits company Clearsky Adventure.

Round the day off with a treat in the tearoom or browse the gift shop and pick up a bargain in the second-hand bookshop.

  • A completely walled Irish Landscaped demesne.
  • Ireland’s largest surviving 18th century ornamental water feature.
  • Two Tower Houses.
  • Outstanding views overlooking Strangford Lough leading to the Irish Sea.
  • Ten HBO Game of Thrones film locations.
  • The Farmyard is the location of Winterfell from HBO Game of Thrones.

Open March to November

November to March 16: 10:00-16:00
March 17 to November 03: 10:00-18:00

March 17 to November 03: 12:00-17:00. Last Admission to the house is one hour before closing.

Visit duration: The house tour is approximately 50 minutes long and is a guided tour. A visit to the grounds can take between 2 and 5 hours.
Closed: December 25 and 26. During high winds the property may be closed temporarily.


Admission Prices 2019

Gift Aid Admission Rates
Adult: £10.50
Child: £5.25
Toddler (aged 0-4): Free
Family: £26.25

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10% or more voluntary donation. See website for further details.

National Trust members are free. You can become a National Trust member on the day of visit and also receive free entry.

Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility and other useful information.

LANGUAGES: Tours are provided in English. Printed information is available in English and Mandarin.

DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Castle Ward has a 60 seat capacity tea room with an overflow barn/theatre for an addition 100 visitors. Menu is tea, coffee, soup, sandwiches, cakes and treats for children. Specifically designed menus can be provided for large groups by agreement in advance.

PICNICS: There are some outstanding picnic areas with views across Strangford Lough.

SHOPPING: Shop offering a wide range of National Trust locally-sourced and unique gifts such as gardening and outdoor ranges, fragrances and soaps, kitchen items, jams, chutneys, and a range of books and toys for children.

PARKING: Free car and coach parking on-site.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Castle Ward has partial wheelchair accessible and accessible toilets.

GROUPS: Group rates available. Pre-booking required.

WI-FI: Free Wi-Fi available.


  • The No. 1 visitor attraction in Newry, Mourne and Down district Northern Ireland
  • Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Outdoors NI Best Glamping Experience 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Tourism NI Visitor Experience of the Year 2014 – highly commended
Getting There

7 miles (11km) north-east of Downpatrick, 1 mile (1.6km) from Strangford on A25

Map Location: 54.367682, -5.580491
Contact Castle Ward

Strangford, Downpatrick, Co. Down, Northern Ireland

Eircode: BT30 7BA
T: +353 (0)28 448 81204
E: castleward@nationaltrust.org.uk
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