Castle Espie Wetland Centre

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Castle Espie is a wetland reserve managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust on the banks of Strangford Lough.

Situated three miles south of Comber, County Down, in the townland of the same name.

It is part of the Strangford Lough Ramsar Site.

Castle Espie is a real “Twitcher`s” dream where you can also view Ireland’s only environmental art-space and has a shed load of experiences and activities for children and grown ups alike.

If you plan to visit here, bring a big lunch (the kids will be ravenous after their activities) and a change of clothes as some activities can be a bit muddy when you visit:


Wildwood is a dream come true for children and grown-ups alike. Castle Espie’s woodland natural play area is a novelty for children and takes older children right back to their childhood and den-building days…


Don’t look down! Children of all ages can have a fantastic time challenging the climbing the wall by the Limestone Pavillion.


The Secret Swamp is a circular trail through the woodland and wetland beyond the wild wood play area. Offering a natural, active play experience it is also a tranquil setting to stop a while and enjoy the sights and sounds of this secluded habitat. Two routes provide easy access for all as well as a rambler’s route.


Artic-themed slides, a hide and seek foxes den, a giant nest, Artic animal rockers- and it’s all exclusively for explorers under 115cm tall.


Diving beetles and their larvae, water boatmen, ram’s-horn snails and pond-snail leeches can all be found and examined with our magnifying sheets and pond-life identification flip-books.

To experience this fun filled adventure – BOOK HERE