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WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre

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Visited with 12 year old .Hadn't been in a number of years and was great to see the improvements in... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
kadhan
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belfast
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Great for young families

Visited during the week with our 1 year old. The centre itself has a small soft play area and shop... read more

Reviewed 3 August 2018
Tom S
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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78 Ballydrain Road, Comber BT23 6EA, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Loved my visit to Castle Espie, a Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) conservation park - fantastic way to spend a day. Consists of both wetland and wooded areas throughout, with various viewing observatories, lots of birds, rabbits, butterflies and insects to spot. Bring binoculars, a...More

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MMM3103, Marketing and Communications Manager at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi CiaraSlevin Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Castle Espie. We are delighted that you enjoyed your day and got to see plenty of what we have to offer here on site. We hope you will come back to visit...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Called in to see what wild fowl were on site and to spend a bit of time with nature. As always the birds are the stars and are quite unafraid of people when it comes to feeding them from the bags of food available from...More

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Karl S, Marketing Manager at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi theis, thanks for taking the time to post such a lovely review. Really glad you enjoyed your time with us, as a team we do our best to show off the landscape and birds! Kind Regards, Karl

Reviewed 14 August 2018

If you are interested in birds this is a must. There is a great collection of ducks etc. However the number depends on the season. There are great viewpoints over Strangford Lough with telescopes provided. It also al great place for an interesting walk along...More

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Karl S, Marketing Manager at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Cecil M, thanks for taking the time to submit your review. Really pleased that you continue to enjoy your visits with us and hope you'll continue to visit us in future. Kind Regards, Karl

Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

A first visit here, it all looked OK on arrival into the centre and made for the cafe for coffee & lunch. Food menu looked good, traybakes looked OK if a little familiar (French Village). Order was given and it came to about £24, but...More

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Karl S, Marketing Manager at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi adminJAM, thanks for taking the time to post a review. First, I'd like to apologise for the experience you had with us earlier this month. As a centre team, we pride ourselves on the quality of service - but clearly that wasn't the case...More

Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Visited with 12 year old .Hadn't been in a number of years and was great to see the improvements in the shop and restaurant areas. We came armed with our own bird seeds and enjoyed interacting with all the fowl roaming and swimming freely. It...More

Thank kadhan
Karl S, Marketing Manager at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Kadhan, thanks for taking the time to post your review. I am really pleased that you all enjoyed your time with us, as a team we do our best to ensure there is something for all ages to enjoy (including big kids). The centre...More

Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

Visited during the week with our 1 year old. The centre itself has a small soft play area and shop. Also a decent cafe with very friendly staff. Iced coffee was enjoyable.

Thank Tom S
Karl S, Marketing Manager at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Tom S, thanks for taking the time to post us a review. Glad you enjoyed your time with us and iced coffee, they've been going down really well this summer! Kind Regards, Karl

Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

A wonderful place for studying/watching the seabirds of strangford lough. The place is suitable for all ages and is mostly flat. The Brent Hide was fantastic for children to watch the birds with binoculars and reference books. There is a play area and some all...More

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Karl S, Marketing Manager at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Neal M, thanks for taking the time to post your review. I am really pleased that you enjoyed your visit and would like to take this opportunity to apologise for the delay in getting this refund back to you. As a team, we work...More

Reviewed 31 July 2018

Suitable for all age groups. Pleasant surroundings with lots of local and visiting wildlife. Helpful and friendly staff. Good displays of information with photographs. Really, really interesting trip!! Loved the brick works history!!

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Karl S, Marketing Manager at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2018

Hi --x--Bubbles--x--, thanks for taking the time to post such a lovely review. Really glad you enjoyed your visit with us and we hope to welcome you again in future. Kind Regards, Karl

Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

I came here with my boyfriend and went for a lovely dander round and fed the ducks. But we went for lunch before hand. He ordered a chicken burger and I got a jacket potato with beef chilli. I was expecting strips of beef but...More

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Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

Took our grand-daughters here and had a great timeaged 3,5 & 9. They loved the ducks and we’d bought them seed in the adjoining shop. Seed was very expensive for even a top of the range seed, but they enjoyed feeding the already well fed...More

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Karl S, Marketing Manager at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2018

Hi 22daisy12, thanks for taking the time to post a review. Really glad you all enjoyed your time with us. As a team we work hard to ensure there is something for everyone to enjoy and we maximise our unique position on Strangford Lough. All...More

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hopehappy
9 March 2018|
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Response from Got2eat | Reviewed this property |
No unfortunately dogs would frighten the ducks
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Pr4da
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Response from MMM3103 | Property representative |
Hi Pr4da - admission costs vary depending on age etc. - here is a list of all costs. The more expensive of each option is admission with gift aid, but that is not essential; Adult: £8.20 or £7.45 Concession (65... More
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