Castle Ward & Game Of Thrones, Winterfell

Leaving Dublin, sad yet excited.  I was already feeling that 2 weeks wouldn’t be quite enough. I recall all the people I’d met that had  vacationed in Ireland and since, return every year.  Some have even moved there!  Now I know why.

The morning was blissfully cool and overcast.  I snapped several pictures of the views during the drive to Castle Ward.

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On the way, we passed Down Cathedral where St Patrick is buried.

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Castle Ward, A house divided…

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The most interesting thing concerning Castle Ward  its dual architecture, representing the differing tastes of Lord Bangor and his wife, Lady Ann Bligh. While the entrance side of the building is done in a classical Palladian style with columns supporting a triangular pediment, the opposite side is Georgian Gothic with pointed windows, battlements and finials.  This difference in style continues throughout the interior of the house with the house divide down the centre.  I tried to capture the differing sides in the following photo. Note the two styles of windows.

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We actually spent less time in the house with the lure of hiking the grounds and a picnic in the victorian sunken gardens awaited.  And, the most exciting part. . .the old farmyard where they filmed Winterfell from Game Of Thrones!

Victorian Sunken Gardens.

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Hiking down to Winterfell

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Winterfell

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After an afternoon at Castle Ward, we travelled on to Portaferry.  Portaferry  is a small charming town in County Down, Northern Ireland.  It has a marina and we boarded the ferry on our journey to Belfast.

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If I may, I’d like to offer a couple observations.  

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Journal entry:

One more thing…..
Go to any public bathroom in the US… You know how the paper is always a like some sort of ultra thin wax paper? It’s “dodgy” at best. Not so here in Ireland. Very thick and lush everywhere you go and traveling completely around the country in 2 weeks…you make a lot of stops.
To the tree huggers out there, don’t say that it’s because we are more preservation minded. Untrue. They live on a small island with limited resources yet huge recyclers, most hotels don’t have AC (weather to nice to need usually) and wildly frugal. We generate mad amounts of paper waste but toilet paper is where we want to skimp????? No thank you! Hahahaha

Secondly, gas stations….we’re just not doing them right, here in the states. This is a gas station in Ireland. …

 

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Enjoy friends!

28 comments

  1. Thanks for the sensible critique. Me and my neighbor were just preparing to do some research on this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more clear from this post. I am very glad to see such great info being shared freely out there.

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  2. Gorgeous photos! I studied Irish history and have always been fascinated with the place but never visited. It looks beautiful!

    And someone else obviously loved this post too because they added it to the BlogCrush linky for you. Congratulations! You’re welcome to display the “I’ve been featured” blog badge if you wish #blogcrush

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    • Oh Lucy,
      I highly recommend visiting Ireland! We went for 2 weeks and travelled nearly 2000 miles around country. I fell in love with it and cried when I left. BlogCrush is a new thing to me but excited to learn more! I’m so honored that someone thought of me to include! 💕

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    • It truly deserves the term ” emerald Isle”. I think it’s a combination of oft light rain, which we experienced but for the most part we were blessed with beautiful weather, and the fact that it’s consisting of limestone. It rains and the lime leaches into the soil thus its lush green growth. We were astounded that all the livestock there was so large, strong had so much substance. The cattle were herculean in comparison to ours in the states….horses, sheep etc. Enquiring about this stark difference discovered that its this very thing. Lime into soil, nutrient rich grasses eaten by the grass fed animals. I will also note that the beef there states nothing like ours in the states. I couldn’t have identified what I was eating had I not ordered it myself! I was told that its due to being purely grass fed and I assume the nutrients in the grass there.

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