Castle Ward weddings take place in a stunning location overlooking Strangford Lough where the lawns rise up to meet the unique 18th century house and its Gothic façade. It’s one of those beautifully relaxed and elegant wedding venues which can provide many diverse backdrops. Built in the 1760s, Castle Ward House and its estate combine history and unique architecture with breathtaking views of Strangford Lough. Castle Ward offers a selection of the finest wedding locations anywhere in Northern Ireland whether on the scenic shores of Strangford Lough, inside the 18th-century Mansion House, the rustic Theatre or within the multi-level Victorian Sunken Garden.
The interior of the Mansion House has a fantastic neo-classical 18th-century hall of assembly with richly decorated walls and a Georgian ceiling and crystal chandelier. The space here is capable of hosting intimate ceremonies of up to 65 guests. In addition to the main house, the Theatre is a charming white-walled, rustic barn style space in the Stableyard. It’s convenient for both the Sunken Garden and the Mansion and has it’s own private courtyard. The Theatre can accommodate up to 150 guests for a ceremony or 120 guests for the reception.
Then there is the Victorian Sunken Garden. Split on three levels and featuring an abundance of exotic flowers and seasonal plants. It provides a beautiful and peaceful location for your wedding ceremony of up to 170 guests. It is also a perfect location to host your drinks reception. The 200-year-old Loughshore Coal Quay on the shores of Strangford Lough is the perfect location for a unique maritime-themed ceremony for up to 80 guests. It can be combined with either the loughshore marquee site or the rustic Theatre for your reception.
For somewhere completely different you can also celebrate your marriage, with up to 100 guests, under the 40-year-old lime trees that lead to the fabulous Temple Water and vista that frames Audley’s Castle.
In addition to all of that, Castle Ward weddings can also take place in two fabulous, romantic sites which can host a marquee or tipi-based reception. You can choose from the front lawn of the Mansion, with the classical side of the Mansion as your backdrop, or the wonderful setting beside Strangford Lough with views of old Castle Ward (Game of Thrones’ WinterFell).
The charming Stableyard also provides a quiet additional space for evening receptions from 6pm onwards.
The following are the top three reasons why Castle Ward weddings are fantastic, exclusive and memorable events:
1. Castle Ward combines history and unique architecture with breathtaking views of Strangford Lough.
2. The versatility of spaces within Castle Ward make it a fantastic choice for a wedding venue in County Down.
3. Only 50 minutes drive from Belfast your guests will marvel at the scenery of Strangford Lough and the local village of Strangford during their stay for the wedding.
You can see more of my favourite Castle Ward wedding photos here from Jade and Aidan’s wedding over on my blog.
About Dylan McBurney
Dylan McBurney is an Irish wedding photographer from Belfast with over ten years experience in documenting some of the best weddings all around Ireland North and South. His romantic, beautifully natural documentary-style wedding photography focuses on the bride and groom’s interactions with friends and family, often revealing powerful emotions and relationships.