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Sitting boldly on a rolling hillside overlooking Strangford Lough, the magnificent, eccentric 18th-century house oozes personality, boasting two very different styles of façade – one classical and the other Gothic.
History meets recreation throughout the 332-hectare (820-acre) walled demesne. A 16th-century tower-house stands firmly in the farmyard, while the working cornmill is a fine example of Irish industrial heritage, and the exotic garden and 21 miles of walking, cycling and equestrian trails through woodlands and along the shoreline are exceptional. An impressive laundry, tack room, children’s Victorian play centre and adventure playground complete the picture.
Note: maximum two groups per day to the house during opening hours. Out-of-hours group visits by arrangement. There are many special events scheduled
throughout the year, such as the July and August Jazz Series and Craft Fair in August. Afternoon tea in Lord Bangor’s private quarters of the mansion is available to
booked groups and includes free entry to the house. Please telephone for more details.
Special interest tours:
Meet Mary Ward
An astonishing insight into the impressive achievements of the remarkable Mary Ward, a thoroughly modern woman in every respect. Explore the accomplishments, life and times of this extraordinary amateur painter, naturalist, astronomer and pioneer of the microscope, as you tour the house viewing her paintings and scientific discoveries. Duration 50 minutes.
Anne, Bernard and Castle Ward House – Their Story
This tour that takes a close look at the life of the woman behind the Gothic architectural treatment of captivating Castle Ward, and her husband Bernard. As well as getting the inside story on their life, you'll gain a better insight into the curious nature of this quirky mid-Georgian mansion. Duration 50 minutes .
What's Behind the Creaking Doors?
Dare to visit a tightly shuttered Castle Ward! The silent footmen will take you to meet some of the historic characters. The ghostly ladies: Ann the 1st Lady Bangor, her daughter-in-law Arabella, Harriet and poor Mary King Ward. Lower down the social scale you may bump into Martin the Misplaced! Duration 1 hour .
Afternoon Tea and Conversations
Book your place for a delightfully old-fashioned tea in the house. Enjoy the ambience of one of the private rooms used by Lord Bangor in the company of a Castle Ward guide and other house conservation staff. Duration 1 hour 30 minutes.
Charges may apply, for more information please contact the property.