Things to see and do

With more than enough to fill a whole day, there’s so much to see and do at Castle Espie Wetland Centre.

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Get up close to birds from around the world

One of the unforgettable joys of visiting Castle Espie. Get up close to rare and endangered birds from around the world. See your learners’ faces light up as they experience these incredible creatures.

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Dip for creatures in our state of the art ponds

With our state of the art underwater camera and large screen television, you and your pupils will be able to see pond creatures like never before in our amazing re-vamped pond zone. We provide access to this hidden world which few can match.

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Go wild with natural play

After exercising their brains, your pupils can let off some steam in our natural play areas. With zip line, climbing wall, rope bridge and more, there’s something for children of all ages.

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Bring your history curriculum to life

From creatures that predated the dinosaurs to the Victorians and more, WWT Castle Espie is an ideal venue to bring your history curriculum to life. Through tailored sessions, we illuminate history in an entertaining and engaging way.

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Watch 30,000 wintering geese on Strangford Lough

Our child-friendly hides provide the perfect viewpoint to observe thousands of migratory Brent geese as they winter on Strangford Lough. A breath-taking natural spectacle not to be missed.

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Explore our magical woodlands

Our woodlands are a great place to explore, revealing the mini-beasts which live amongst the logs and leaf litter. From devil’s coach horsemen beetles to pill millipedes, we have a plethora of wildlife under our feet waiting to be discovered.

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Experience our sensory garden

Designed for a more reflective experience, our sensory garden is ideally suited to those with special needs. Full of textures, colours and scents, it is a quiet spot which allows both children and adults to explore using a range of senses.

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Visit our diving ducks and duckery

Watch diving ducks in action in our state of the art diving tanks and see some incredible birds in our enclosures. Baby ducklings and goslings may also be on show, but contact the centre for details as this will be on a seasonal basis.

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Learning sessions

We can also deliver fun, hands-on learning sessions for your learners.