Castlewellan Forest Park, Castlewellan

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Castlewellan Forest Park is located in Castlewellan, Northern Ireland. It contains the national Arboretum of Northern Ireland, started in 1740, which contains trees from Asia, North and South America, and Australasia. Giant sequoia were planted in the 1850s. They are used by treecreepers, who burrow into its bark and make nests. The gardens were reopened in 2013 after undergoing maintenance.The peace maze located in the park was constructed between 2000 and 2001. It contains 6000 yew trees planted by volunteers from Northern Ireland. It was the longest permanent hedge maze in the world until July 2007, when the Pineapple Garden Maze in Wahiawa, Hawaii was extended.The Castlewellan Gold Leyland cypress was developed in the park from a mutant tree. It was selected by the park director, John Keown, and named Cupressus macrocarpa 'Keownii' in 1963. The original specimen is located in the ornamental gardens.Castwellan Castle is a Scottish baronial castle built by the Annesley family between 1856 and 1858. It is close to the entrance of the arboretum and overlooks Castlewellan Lake. The castle is now used as a Christian conference centre.
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  • August 21, 2017
    spent a day here. kids (&adults) loved the maze! so much fun, class wee park 2! then a walk round the lake finished with coffee & snacks in the cafe!  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    We took my partners 7 year old neice. She loved the maze. We had fun at the beginning getting lost. Then we all got spilt up. I was truly lost. But she manged to find me. She worked out various routes...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    This place is a great day out with the kids, £5 in and you have the lake to walk around or cycle, the maize to keep you entertained (or frustrated) and a very cool play park for the kids with carved a...  more »
  • July 14, 2017
    This must be the best forest park in Northern Ireland. Will keep the kids happy all day. Have very good walks with outstanding views. Good cafe and toilets. Mountain bike tracks. Massive maze for all.
  • November 2, 2016
    Great walk with beautiful views. Has camping site, cafe and adventure centre with mountain biking and kayaking. Also great maze and play park.
  • July 26, 2016
    Havent been here in many years but decided to take our kids down to it and it has changed a lot since my last visit. Would definitely recommend although not much for kids to do.
  • September 1, 2015
    A - maze - ing park Excellent facility right on Castlewellan's doorstep. Wonderful walking paths & specialist mountain bike trails which alone will take you all your time. Points of interest for kids is the fabulous peace maze & wonderful new play park.
  • September 24, 2016
    Great Forrest park perfect for families

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