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Castle Ward, Downpatrick
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Castle Ward is an 18th-century National Trust property located near the village of Strangford, in County Down, Northern Ireland, in the townland of the same name. It overlooks Strangford Lough and is 7 miles from Downpatrick and 1.5 miles from Strangford.Castle Ward is open to the public and includes 332ha of landscaped gardens, a fortified tower house, Victorian laundry, theatre, restaurant, shop, saw mill and a working corn mill. It has a shore on Strangford Lough. From 1985 to 2010 it has also hosted Castleward Opera, an annual summer opera festival.FeaturesThe most interesting aspect of Castle Ward is that of its dual architecture, reflecting the differing tastes of Lord Bangor and his wife, Lady Ann Bligh. While the entrance side of the building is done in a classical Palladian style with columns supporting a triangular pediment, the opposite side is Georgian Gothic with pointed windows, battlements and finials. This differences in style continue throughout the interior of the house with the divide down the centre.
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  • We had in may 2016 the happiness on a sunny afternoon there to visit. The situation in the Park and near the Lake beautiful. Combine the best of the visit with a trip to the Old Castle Ward and the Audleys Castle (actually only a Tower House)
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  • Castleward is a beautiful estate on the shores of Strangford Lough. The ancestral Ward home is impressive with beautiful gardens front & back. I'd recommend a picnic on the back lawn overlooking the l...  more »
  • We visited here based on GOT connection. There is a GOT plaque in the castle showing how it looked in GOT and the basement has stills from GOT. Although this more than just "winterfell". We walked the...  more »
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  • Lovely place for a peaceful walk. A few interesting old buildings, stables, yards, workshops mills etc... This location was also used as the interior location of castle Winterfell from the HBO TV series 'Game of thrones'. Though I couldn't see the resemblance. Nice place and nice chatting to the locals.
  • Beautiful Tranquility on the shores of Strangford Lough. Explore the Forest or National Trust Property then relax with a Coffee and Bun in the excellent Coffee shop or sit outside in the Courtyard if the Weather permits. Nice Walking trails allow you to take in the views of the Lough or explore Audleys Castle.
  • Excellent views, interesting old architecture, Lovely gardens, however the paths through the woodland areas are full of puddles and mostly turning to mud.
  • We went to this estate/park specifically for the purpose of seeing where they filmed the Winterfell scenes from Game of Thrones. I wish we would have budgeted more time to go explore more of the area. This whole park/castle has amazing views and it is so great to be able to just go walk and explore. You can buy a Game of Thrones map for five pounds and just walk to the filming locations (although they are posted on a lot of the locations they filmed). This was a great stop and suitable for all ages.
  • WE always enjoy Castle Ward.Especially when it's not raining. To-day we discovered that there was a Craft Fare taking place,so we had something extra to do. We had lunch here and visited the farm and old house,then we took a walk around part of the grounds.