About Castle Ward

Castle Ward is an eccentric 18th century mansion and gardens overlooking the beautifully peaceful Strangford Lough in County Down, Northern Ireland, but is better known as one of the most famous Game of Thrones locations – Winterfell.

The current incarnation of Castle Ward was built for Bernard Ward, 1st Viscount Bangor in the early 1760s. The architect is unknown although there is conjecture that it may have been James Bridges, a Bristol-based architect whose work there shares many similarities with the castle.

Castle Ward is most famous for its contrasting architectural styles and magnificent views of the rolling hills of County Down. The stunning 820-acre estate includes an exotic four-tiered sunken garden and woodland trails that wind down to the tranquil Lough, a Victorian laundry, a corn mill and sawmill as well as the Georgian farmyard and Whispering Wood, instantly recognisable as a Game of Thrones historic site.

Visitors to Castle Ward can explore the mansion house itself as well as the estate and can even dress up in the Victorian Past Times centre. You can see the animals in the farmyard, picnic in the grounds and visit the gift shop and stableyard tea room.

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