See the Gothic and Classic collide at Castle Ward, an eccentric 18th century mansion and estate looking out over the tranquil waters of Strangford Lough in County Down.
Walk or cycle along the Lough trail or through the sheltered woodlands and spot a host of wildlife and rare plants. Discover something new around every corner on the 34km of trails from Temple Water, the stunning ornamental canal to Audley’s Castle, a 15th century tower.
The house itself is a ‘cabinet of curiosity’ with an unusual split personality due to its Gothic meets Classical décor. Round the day off with a freshly baked scone in our tearoom or browse the gift shop and pick up a bargain at the second-hand bookshop. You can also head out on the Lough in a canoe, hire a bike, and build a raft with Clearsky Adventure.
Don’t miss the farmyard complete with ducks, chickens and pygmy goats. The 34km of trails that loop throughout the estate – rent bikes from the Clearsky Adventure Centre and get exploring. Visit the Barn for children’s crafts, play-room and lots of ride-on tractors. Check out the artist’s studios and see the resident makers at work. Check out the ‘Secret Nature Shore Trail’ for a mile-long stretch of activities and nature to discover.
Step into a fantasy world of as you explore the Georgian farmyard and the Lough shore, film locations for the smash hit television series Game of Thrones®. Castle Ward’s historic farmyard was featured as the location of Winterfell for much of Season 1. It’s where you'll find the Whispering Wood and key scenes including Robb Stark’s Camp, the Baelor battle and when Brienne confronts the Stark men. Visit Winterfell for yourself, and join in with Winterfell Tours to get the full Westeros experience.
Find out about other Game of Thrones® Filming Locations in Northern Ireland at www.discovernorthernireland.com/gameofthrones.