The recently restored four-tier sunken garden has been returned to its Victorian heyday, displaying a kaleidoscope of colours and plants. The historically important Temple Water area is also being restored, reinstating its original lakeside walk and viewing points. There are woodland and shoreline trails to explore, and you can visit the Georgian farmyard, which featured in Game of Thrones. Highlights from the gardens include Lady Anne’s temple, a Pinetum, as well as a kaleidoscopic Victorian bulb garden.
Overlooking Strangford Lough in County Down, Castle Ward offers fabulous daffodil displays – as well as a fascinating architectural one. The occasional marital disagreement is not uncommon, but here it can be seen reflected in the architecture of the house itself. After failing to agree between the Gothic and Palladian style, Bernard Ward, 1st Viscount Bangor and his wife, Lady Anne, decided to split the house down the middle.
Check before you travel
Before setting off check the garden’s website or call direct, as opening details can vary and one-off restrictions may apply.
We advise checking the garden’s own website or calling them direct to ensure the published details are accurate, as opening times and restrictions may vary.
Always take your 2 for 1 card with you
Some gardens have pre-booking systems in place – take your 2 for 1 card with you to validate your booking.
If a garden offers both pre-booking and walk-up options, we recommend booking prior to your visit to avoid disappointment should the garden be busy.
Please don’t make multiple pre-bookings or share your 2 for 1 card – card misuse will invalidate your discount claim at the garden.
Using your 2-for-1 card at Castle Ward
- One free entry with one full-paying adult
- Card valid for the whole property. Card not valid on event days – check before visiting
Open all year, daily, 9am-6pm
Adults & seniors £10, children (5-15) £5. No booking – walk-up only