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.
Wedding Trivia: WEDDING AS A TERM Although some brides were kidnapped, marriage by purchase was the preferred method of obtaining a wife. The "bride price" could be land, social status, political alliances, or cash. The Anglo-Saxon word "wed" meant that the groom would vow to marry the woman, but it also referred to the bride price (money or barter) to be paid by the groom to the bride's father. The root of the word "wedding" literally means to gamble or wager!