Castle Ward

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Castle Ward is a property near the village of Strangford in County Down, it is owned by the National Trust. It overlooks Strangford Lough and has 820 acres of landscaped gardens. The property also has a tower house, theatre and working corn mill amongst other things on its land. It was built in the 18th century after the old Castle Ward was demolished, it has two styles in its build. Palladian and Georgian Gothic. Castle Ward has seen recent fame through the hit television show Game of Thrones, it was the set of the Winterfell settlement in the show in the first series. Castle Ward is also home to Whispering Wood and was used for the setting of Brienne confronting the Stark men.

Getting there

Options for travel to Castle Ward are limited but a bus does run to the gates from Downpatrick to Strangford and parking is available if you decide to travel by car.

Opening Times and Admission

The National Trust has set up a Game of Thrones experience for visitors to Castle Ward; visitors can shoot arrows on a replica arrow range, dress up in the costumes of the stars of the show and visit replica sets of Winterfell. It is advised to book in advance and there is a small admission fee (£9) for visitors.

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