Castle Ward
  • Castleward
    Co Down
    BT30 7LS
Castle Ward National Trust property is in Strangford, just outside Downpatrick in Co Down.

A National Trust Tourist Attraction on thebestof Downpatrick


National Trust property Castle Ward is one of the main tourist attractions in Co Down, Northern Ireland. 

This 18th Century house lies at the southern end of Strangford Lough, just outside Downpatrick.  Owned by the Ward family for 400 years, Castle Ward boasts a fascinating history. 



With a wide range of activities and interests, this Downpatrick tourist attraction has something for everyone including:

      • House Tours
      • Beautiful Walks
      • Adventure Playground
      • Farmyard and Working Cornmill
      • Victorian Playroom
      • Wildlife Centre
      • Outdoor Classes
      • Caravan Park and Self-catering Holiday Cottage
      • Tea Rooms
      • 2nd hand Bookshop.
      • Stunning Gardens


For full details of facilities and


at Castle Ward, visit

The Castle Ward Website.


This tourist attraction hosts numerous


throughout the year. 

Other events at Castle Ward can also be found on thebestof Downpatrick Events page.

Clearsky Adventure Centre

is also located in Castle Ward's spectacular grounds


Group visits (including schools) are welcome at Castle Ward.  Please contact the staff who will be happy to help you with your inquiries.

Why not also visit National Trust Property

Rowallane Garden

on the Belfast side of Downpatrick in Saintfield?

When you visit either, please mention that you found them on

thebestof Downpatrick.

Thank you.




Latest Reviews

I just love going to Castleward. It is so peaceful and beautiful. The gardens are so well kept. There are two kiddies playgrounds which are just full of fun stuff to keep them entertained. A great family...
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