Connect with nature and restore your well-being at Castle Espie

Connect with nature and restore your well-being at Castle Espie

It’s been proven that spending time in nature - particularly near water - makes us feel happier, reduces negative thoughts and levels of stress as well as having real well-being benefits.

That’s why WWT Castle Espie,on the shores of Strangford Lough, is the idea lsanctuary and perfect place to visit to help relax and slow down this autumn.

Discover the benefits of experiencing a deep connection with nature at this uplifting wetlands full of amazing wildlife with some of these inspiring autumnal experiences:

Autumn walks

A walk through the Woodland and ‘The Secret Swamp’ is an enjoyable experience whatever the time of year. The transition into autumn can be seen throughout the woodland. Enjoy the changing colours and watch out for unique fungi on the floor of the woods.


Join Castle Espie’s team of experts as they take a closer look at the variety of birds across the site. Keep your eyes peeled too for wigeon, black-tailed godwits and redshanks, which are all regular visitors at this time of year. If you’re really lucky you may even hear a few whooper swans swooping overhead!

The Big Brent Weekend

Celebrate the return of the light-bellied brent geese to Strangford from Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th October 2022. 

Every year in September and October around 25,000 light-bellied brent geese make the gruelling 3,000 mile journey with their young from Arctic Canada to Strangford Lough.

During the two days experience the incredible journey of the light-bellied brent through photography workshops, guide talks in the hide, arts and craft workshops.

More details here 

History Walks

Take an hour out to travel through time with an expert tour guide, discover the remarkable history and stories behind this natural and industrial heritage site. From ancient stone age ancestors, to the Normans, to the heady heights of the Victorian age of Industry and beyond.

WWT Castle Espie Gallery

The Gallery at WWT Castle Espie showcases fresh talent and brings new work to the fore - housing many exhibitions throughout the year from artists, photographers, crafts and sculpture. It’s Ireland’s only environmental art-space, open daily from 10am.

Refreshing views at the Kingfisher Kitchen

Sit back, relax and enjoy beautiful views of Strangford Lough, the Co Down countryside as well as a window onto the world of the magnificent wildlife collection at WWT Castle Espie. All whilst enjoying delicious food and drinks.

Welcoming the autumn season at WWT Castle Espie, Paul Stewart Centre Manager said: “ WWT Castle Espie is the perfect sanctuary and most natural location to take time out from a busy life. It is the ideal place to discover how connecting with nature can help restore your wellbeing. From peaceful walks, stunning scenery, wonderful wildlife and awe inspiring Big Brent Weekend, immerse yourself and be inspired by the colours of the autumn season at our wonderful wetlands.”

For further information on the WWT Castle Espie, events, group visits and experiences this autumn visit

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Geese at Castle Espie

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