Castle Ward – National Trust site in County Down (Northern Ireland)

Castle Ward in Downpatrick, County Down, is another 18th century house but with a distinctive gothic style and was included in our Top 5 National Trust sites for Under 10s. It features landscaped gardens, a tower house, a Victorian laundry and a handful of working mills. The grounds span an impressive 820 acres and there’s such a lot to do!

This castle is built for family visits. There is so much to see and take part in – Castle Ward should come with a guarantee of fun for all.

Outdoors, children will love the walking trails with interactive Tracker Packs and activity sheets, the walled gardens and the lovely little farmyard. There is also a children’s past-times centre in the stableyard with the chance to dress up and play with old-fashioned toys. Definitely not to be missed is The Barn – a new interactive children’s play area for under 10s. For older kids there is also a fantastic adventure playground.

For the grown ups – indulge in a cream tea in Lord Bangor’s sitting room suite. Listen to music and soak up the sweeping vistas for around £6 per person.

Family activities at Castle Ward are ongoing – take part in the Pirate’s picnic, Pumpkinfest, adventure days, boat trips or even visit Santa’s house. Whenever you choose to visit Castle Ward you will be spoilt for choice!

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