WWT Castle Espie, Comber

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The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a leading UK conservation charity committed to saving wetlands for wildlife and people across the world.

Founded in 1946 by the naturalist and artist, the late Sir Peter Scott, WWT is the only UK charity with a national network of nine specialist wetland visitor centres. With over 60 years experience of wetland conservation, WWT is committed to the protection of wetlands and all that depend on them for survival.

Admission prices can be found here; https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/castle-espie/plan-your-visit/prices/
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  • Visited Castle Espie recently to view a local Art Gallery Exhibition and was really delighted with the high standard of light snacks and beverages available. Very well presented exhibition of wildlife...  more »
  • We came on Halloween and there was absolutely loads of things for small children to do around the centre. However, there was also a lot of information and hides for people who are there to learn or lo...  more »
  • wrap up warm in winter months as its a bit breezy but gorgeous. We took 3 adults and 3 kids ages 2, 8, and 12....they all loved it. some of the ducks and geese will actually take food from your hand.....  more »
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  • Beautifully laid out and maintained wetlands centre with a wide variety of birds. I enjoyed feeding them. They were very keen to be fed too!! A great place for young children. And some stunning walks around the edge of the loch with places to watch the birds further afield. Lovely and reasonably priced entrance.
  • Came here for the fist time at the weekend, don't know why I haven't been before. The staff are really friendly and helpful! They explained where to go and what to look out for. My daughter who is 7 absolutely loved this place and it helped that it was a good sunny day too. Not overly expensive to get in and you are able to feed the ducks which is nice. We had a blast finding all the Lego built birds, they look amazing too. We just brought a few sandwiches with us which we where able to eat at a picnic area in the place. Really great day out and not far from belfast either.
  • Lots of parking. Gift shop and restaurant. Great opportunity to get up close with lots of birds. Bird seed can be bought at reception and at the feeding area you can get to literally touching distance. Great for children. Several walks though marshland and wooded areas, including viewpoints. Outdoor play areas with climbing frames, slides and small zip lines. The soft play area is particularly handy for Tiring out a toddler.
  • Fantastic place with great, friendly, enthusiastic staff. Nice place to take kids for a whole day out. Loads to see and do and learn including a great natural play area and of course the opportunity to get up close and feed the resident ducks and geese.
  • A beautiful place to visit. Tranquil grounds, interesting and varied wild ducks amidst ponds, trees and rolling hills. Great views! Great to feed them in the walk through zone. Lovely café ££ with high chairs, kids meals and light bites and a well stocked kids play area with play kitchen, work bench, table and or picnic outside. Small curio and gift shop as well as fun soft play for the kids. And the hatchery (baby ducklings!) in the springtime. Worth it for a visit.
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