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WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre

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  • Four Star Quality Assurance
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Castle Espie, 78 Ballydrain Road, Comber, County Down, BT23 6EA
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About

Set on the shores of the stunning Strangford Lough where almost the entire world’s population of Brent Geese resides during the winter months. Castle Espie is a tranquil and welcoming centre for everyone. 

Whether you are looking for a relaxing day out or are passionate about nature, there’s a world of wetland wildlife waiting to be discovered by you at Castle Espie Wetland Centre.

Get up close to Ireland's largest collection of native and exotic birds, ducks and geese from around the world or simply explore our woodland and shore-view walks, and dedicated bird hides all while enjoying spectacular views across Strangford Lough.

Add to that our magical sensory garden, Duckery, Graffan gallery, gift shop and Kingfisher Kitchen cafe and you are left with an unforgettable day out for everyone.

40% of all species live or breed in wetlands yet 87% of the worlds Wetlands have been lost over the past 300 years with one million wetland animal and plants species threatened with extinction. Wetlands play an important role in flood mitigation, filtration of pollutants and store more carbon that the world’s forests combined. Know that your visit to our centre at Castle Espie will have contributed towards the vital conservation work on Strangford Lough and beyond.

Facilities

Attraction Facilities

  • Gift Shop
  • Open Evenings
  • Open Mondays
  • Open Sundays

Catering

  • Cater for vegetarians
  • Local Produce
  • Picnic Area
  • Serve breakfast
  • Serve lunch
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Child seat available
  • Children's Menu Available
  • Children's outdoor play area
  • Children's Parties
  • Children's play area
  • Facilities for children
  • Highchairs Available

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Accommodation nearby
  • Cater for Corporate events
  • Cater for individuals
  • Cater for school groups
  • Conference facilities
  • Event venue
  • Family Fun
  • Fitness level required - low
  • Groups catered for
  • Online Booking
  • Route maps available
  • Shop
  • Talks
  • Toilets
  • Wi-fi available

Leisure Facilities

  • Wifi

Parking & Transport

  • Coach parking
  • Parking (free)
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals
  • In countryside
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Unique venue
  • Waterfront

Specialist Features

  • Marketed as green/environmentally friendly

Special Offers

  • Mums go Free on Mother's Day - County Down

    Treat your mum to a relaxing day out at Castle Espie. Mums get free admission to the Centre when accompanied by a full paying child or adult. WWT recognises that all families are unique, so this offer is available for one adult or primary carer, per child or family group. T&C's apply 

    Just quote ‘Mums go free’ at admissions, no need to book.

    Activities Offers - redeem this special offer On 10/03/2024

    Mother's Day Offers - redeem this special offer On 10/03/2024

    More offers like this - Activities Offers, Mother's Day Offers

Guide Prices

See website for up to date prices

Events

Wednesday, 28th February 2024 - Wednesday, 28th February 2024

Wednesday, 27th March 2024 - Wednesday, 27th March 2024

Lapwing walking over grass. Birdwatch MorningJoin our experts as they take a closer look at the wonderful variety of birds across our wetland reserve.
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Sunday, 10th March 2024 - Sunday, 10th March 2024

Female mallard with ducklings.Mums go free for Mother's DayTreat your mum to a relaxing day out at WWT Castle Espie. Your mum gets free admission to the Centre when accompanied by a full paying child or adult. Just quote 'Mums go free' at admissions, no need to book.
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Map & Directions

Opening Times

Open New Year

* The Centre is open daily 10:00 - 17:00 except Christmas Eve 24th December & Christmas Day 25th December.
Kingfisher Cafe is open daily 10:00 - 16:00.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Directions from Town:Take A2 from Newtownards to Comber. At the second Roundabout, take the Killyleagh/Downpatrick road A21 to the left. Turn first left at Ballydrain road.

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