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Castle Ward, Downpatrick

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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 a great time spending much of the day at Castle Ward. We loved our tour of the castle, with its gothic and neoclassical sides. Our tour guide was fantastic -- I wish I remembered her name to gi...  read more »
  • Beautiful countryside but a tad expensive entrance fee if you are only going for a walk round the lough. But good value if you are spending the day there doing house tour etc. Location of Winterfell, ...  read more »
  • Myself and my fiancée went here yesterday and went kayaking and hired the mountain bikes.. out in the lake we had a seal bobbing along nearby which was nice to see. The staff were really friendly and ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • The sumptuous Castle Ward overlooks Strangford Lough and with its 820 acres of land was used as the courtyard of Winterfell. The house features Gothic and Classical styles of architecture, while it also has an exotic sunken garden, paths and peaceful woodlands that will definitely make you think you are in The North. Meanwhile in Game of Thrones, the grounds were featured in season 1 and here is where King Robert Baratheon and his court arrive at Winderfell, and also where he and Ned Stark talk during some hunting. The castle is always featured as Winterfell's courtyard. Castle Ward Gardens County Down - Winterfell (Exterior) Castle Ward served as some of the exterior shots for Winterfell, home of the Stark family in Season one, together with Cairncastle at Larne. Interior shots of Winterfell were set up in the 'Paint Hall Studio' at the 'Titanic Quarter. These locations were also used for the scene in which Daenerys Targaryen was wed to Karl Drogo of the Dothraki. Castle Ward, which may be more familiar as Winterfell, overlooks the beautiful Strangford Lough. Inside this beautiful 820 acre walled demesne you will find the spectacular house, an exotic sunken garden and a haunting woodland. Castle Ward is the prime location for Winterfell and the lands surrounding Winterfell in the North. This is where King Robert Baratheon and his retinue arrive and are met by the Starks in Season 1. This is also the place where Bran and Osha's scenes in Season 1 take place.
  • Also known as winterfell. Now that the starks has finally reclaimed winterfell in the most recent game of thrones' season, chances is really high they would start filming there again soon with the stark casts. There are about 20 key locations around the castle such as walder frey's tower and the tree where robb and talisa were married to name a few. They also happen to keep authentic HBO props. 👍👍
  • Fantastic walks. Leave plenty of time for the boundary walk though, it's easy to get distracted by the stunning views. The house is amazing, lookout for the bear and the interesting plaster work! Finish your visit with a scone and a cuppa in the café all homemade and delicious.
  • We visited as part of a Game of Thrones tour (see Winterfell, the hanging tree, the Twins at Riverrun, etc) and were in awe at the beauty of the Castle Ward estate. We took a slow walk around Strangford Lough and up past Audley's Castle, capturing some fantastic photos on the way. Even if you're not visiting for a Game of Thrones tour, don't miss a chance to take a walk around this idyllic estate. The one let down was Clear Sky Adventure, who operate out of Castle Ward offering archery lessons and a Game of Thrones experience. At the last minute, they cancelled the day's events. Our tour company had a standing agreement (twice a week) and wasn't notified of any changes. The Clear Sky representative was extremely rude and refused to deal with any of the visitors directly, instead leaving our guide to break the news. Obviously this was no fault of the National Trust, but it's disappointing to see their business partner on the estate treat guests so poorly. The castle and grounds are well worth visiting (just don't bank of doing any activities with Clear Sky).
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