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WWT Castle Espie

Comber, County Down, Northern Ireland

Attraction Information

  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks icon Zoos and Wildlife Parks
  • Parks and Playgrounds icon Parks and Playgrounds

Suitable for all ages

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

WWT Castle Espie is home to Ireland’s largest collection of exotic and local birds, as well as loads of outdoor adventure. Wings at the ready and off you go!

Start the day with unrivalled views of Strangford Lough from the Kingfisher Kitchen - which incidentally makes yummy home cooked lunches and treats. Then take a turn around the Sustainability Trail. It’s great for helping kids understand the important issues of our time with a wetland treatment system and - ahem - compost toilet!

Kids can enjoy natural play parks and build dens, go pond dipping, balance across a rickety bridge or hop across the swamp stomp stepping stones. There’s even a zip wire to whip down. The free soft play area is a great way to give smaller chicks some time off the trail. PLUS the highlight has to be the duckery where you can learn loads and if you’re lucky, see some newborn ducklings! Also keep your eyes peeled for goldeneyes, red-breasted geese, nene and the delightfully named, Rosy Bills.

  • Plenty of outdoor play including den making and pond dipping
  • Unforgettable spring duckery tour.
  • Follow the sustainability trail and learn about eco-friendly practices

Facilities

  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Available Snacks Available
  • Picnics Allowed Picnics Allowed
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information

Address

78 Ballydrain Road, Comber, County Down, BT23 6EA, Northern Ireland

Contact

Click here to visit Castle Espie Wildfowl Centre's website
02891 874146

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Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Winter (November - February): Monday to Sunday, 10:00 - 17:00 (last admission is at 15:30)

Spring (March - April): Monday to Sunday, 10:00 - 17:00

Summer (May - August): Monday to Friday 10:00 - 17:00, Saturday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:30

Autumn (September - October): Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00 

Closed 24th & 25th December. 

Pricing

Adults: £8.45

Concessions (65+, disabled, full time student and unemployed): £6.50

Kids (4-16): £4.10

Family (2 adults, 2 kids): £22.75

Under 4's: Free

 

*Above prices are with Gift Aid added.

More Information

Eating information

Nestled in a quiet corner on the North West shore of Strangford Lough at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, the Kingfisher Kitchen is a hidden gem with unrivalled and uninterrupted views of the nature reserve’s lake across to Scrabo Tower. Throughout the week, they serve home-cooked hearty breakfasts, seasonal specials, light lunches, Castle Espie classics and afternoon teas.

They’ve also hand-picked a selection of quality fair-trade coffee and teas, plus a great range of refreshing soft drinks. They’re the perfect match for the signature scones, tempting tray bakes, moreish muffins and homemade cakes and tarts. There are lots of menu options for little ones, child-friendly facilities, a soft play area and plenty of room for buggies too. After enjoying the Kingfisher Kitchen, you can round off your visit by exploring the tranquil Sensory Garden and the Castle Espie Gallery, which are also admission free.

Pets allowed

Trained assistance dogs welcome but no other pets are allowed.

Baby food facilities

There is a baby food/milk warming facility available.

Parking facilities

Free parking on site.

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WWT Castle Espie

Comber


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