Wedding Venue Downpatrick
tel:- +44 28 4488 1204
fax:- +44 28 4488 1729
web address:- www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-ward
Castle Ward :-
Venue type - Restaurant
Venue type - Historical Building
Venue type - Stately Home
Venue type: Castle Ward House on a 820 Acre Estate
Number of function rooms available for weddings: 5 +
Function room names and capacities: Castle Ward house & demesne offers an immense sense of space and grandeur. We have a wide range of rooms for hire all year round. Venues available for hire include the Hall, Strangford Suite, Theatre, Stable Yard, Restaurant and Courtyard.
A marquee is also avilable for hire at this venue.
Honeymoon suite available: There are a number of holiday cottages on the estate also for hire
Garden suitable for marquees: We have a wonderful sweeping front lawn which is suitable for a marquee.
Local accommodation: We have a number of small holiday cottages available to rent on the estate.
Locally there is accommodation available in the village of Strangford approx, 2 miles away and also in the market town of Downpatrick, approx. 7 miles away.
Dedicated wedding planner available - Yes
Licensed for Civil Ceremonies - Yes
Dance Floor - Yes
Evening Reception Facilities - Yes
Car Parking Facilities - Yes
Wedding services provided: Castle Ward is registered to hold civil weddings, religious ceremonies and civil partnership ceremonies. Castle Ward also can offer a church service at the church that was built by the Ward Family. Ballyculter church stands just outside the gates to Castle Ward demesne.
Castle Ward offers in-house catering as well as a list of externally approved caters.
Gardens or outside locations suitable for wedding photography: Castle Ward is a beautiful 820 acre demesne in a stunning location overlooking Strangford Lough. A location of natural beauty with an abundance of photographic opportunities. From the victorian sunken garden to yew tree terrace, from the rustic farmyard to nearby Temple Water.
Suitable locations inside the venue for wedding photography: Within the 18th century Georgian house there are many suitable locations for wedding photographs.
Local picturesque areas suitable for wedding photography: Audley's Castle, by the shore of Strangford Lough
Venue special features: Private guided tours of the property and of the mansion can be arranged. This service is available at an additional cost.
Venue History: At the heart of the Castle Ward Demesne is a fascinating 18th century house half of which is built in the Classic style and the other half in Strawberry Hill Gothick. This is the third and most splendid house to have been built by the Ward Family over a four hundred year period.
Other information: The National Trust with your support, works hard to perserve these special places for future generations to enjoy. Historic houses and their furnishings are fragile and are protected by national codes of practice. These can be discussed in advance of your booking and we count on your support in ensuring the care of these unique and special places.
SOMETHING "OLD", "NEW", "BORROWED", AND "BLUE"
The tradition of carrying one or more items that are "old", "new", "borrowed" and "blue" also comes from English. There is an old English rhyme describing the practice which also mentions a sixpence in the brides shoe. Something old, signifying continuity, could be a piece of lace, jewelry, or a grandmother's handkerchief. Something new, signifying optimism in the future, could be an article of clothing or the wedding rings. Something borrowed, signifying future happiness, could be handkerchief from a happily married relative or friend. Something blue, signifying modesty, fidelity and love, comes from early Jewish history. In early Biblical times, blue not white symbolized purity. Both the bride and groom usually wore a band of blue material around the bottom of their wedding attire, hence the tradition of "something blue". Originally the sixpence was presented to the bride by her future husband as a token of his love. Today, very often, it is the bride's father who places a coin in the brides shoe prior to leaving home for the church.
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