We’re open and looking forward to welcoming you back but please note that everyone needs to book their visit in advance. We’ve made other changes too and restricted or closed some of our experience. Visit the bookings page for details.

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Get set for 60 adventure-filled acres of wildlife brilliance, and spectacular views across Strangford Lough. Get close to our ducks and geese, discover adventure in our playgrounds and be wowed by our wildlife.

What to expect when you visit

During this period while we emerge from lockdown please note that we’ve had to restrict and even completely close some experiences at Castle Espie to help everyone stay safe. We haven’t updated the whole website because the situation changes frequently, so this page is likely to be inaccurate. We hope this doesn’t affect your enjoyment of your day.


Meet our wildlife superstars

Go nose-to-beak with some of nature's most exciting animals

Beautiful ducks and gorgeous geese

We’ve hundreds of ducks and geese keen to say ‘hello’, including red-breasted geese and white-faced whistling ducks. Then there are our friendly Nenes who love nothing more than feeding from your hand. Winter birds also fly in to see you – among them, the world's largest population of Light-Bellied Brent Geese.

Ducklings, gosling and cygnets

Our duckery is a very special place, where our cutest and fluffiest residents live. Creep in quietly to see our latest arrivals. In the winter, many young birds come here to stay safe from the cold. In summer, you can delight at our newborns, all hand-reared by us. You can even go behind the scenes with our special Duckery tours.

Swooping bats and wonderful waders

Our magical location on the shores of Strangford Lough means we’re a kingdom for wildlife. Bats swoop over reed beds, whilst in the tidal lagoons there are over a 100 exotic and native water birds to spot. Plus, be on the lookout for kingfishers, which regularly visit our Saline Lagoon, dragonflies and an abundance of songbirds, too.

Wonder, explore, play

Exciting hands-on discovery for all ages

Brent play barn

Arctic-themed slides, a hide and seek fox’s den, a giant Brent nest, Arctic animal rockers – it’s all happening in our Arctic-themed soft play barn, created especially to fire the imaginations of young explorers under 115cm tall. And when the playing is over, refill hungry tums in the Kingfisher Kitchen.

Wildwood adventure and Secret Swamp

Run, jump and fly through our all-natural Wildwood adventure area - burrow in the badger’s sett, take on the obstacle course, build a den, and soar on the rope swing. Then discover the Secret Swamp! Follow the signs past the wishing tree and deep into the woods where our fabulous treehouse, zip wire and dazzling green swamp awaits.

Sensory Garden and Courtyard

Amongst the heavenly herb-scented garden you can enjoy listening to the birds playing overhead and the splashes of the rill pond and don't forget to check out our big, old redwood tree and its spongy bark.

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