Places to see in County Down

Castlewellan Forest Park

Castlewellan Castle beside the lake

Only 4miles from Oakleigh House Bed and Breakfast, near the market town of Castlewellan is the Castlewellan Forest Park, with National Arboretum, gardens and Peace Maze.

The park covers 460 hectares and is mixed woodland with a wide range of walks and cycle trails. The land was leased from the Annesley family in 1967 and became a forest park in1969. Outdoor facilities include mountain biking trails,fishing, nature watching, canoeing, pony trekking, rambling, orienteering and camping.

The forest park is open every day from 10am until sunset. For more information visit

The Annesley Garden and Arboretum

Castlewellan lake

The walled Annesley garden provides a central focus point for the National Arboretum. A magnificent collection of trees and shrubs are set in landscaped surroundings with fountains, ponds and ornamental greenhouses. Next to the Annesley garden are the Spring garden, the Rhododendron wood, the Winter garden, the Autumn wood and the Cypress pond.


A mile long lake ringed by hills clothed in broad leaved and coniferous woodland and open areas of mature parkland.


Constructed from local granite the castle was built in the Scottish baronial style. It sits at the base of the wooded slopes and overlooks a mile long lake. The castle is now used as a conference centre.

The Grange Yard

A former farmstead, built about 1720 consisting of three courtyards in the Queen Anne style. The entrance to the first yard is flanked by two Napoleonic eagles and the buildings house the Grange Coffee House


The Peace maze, Castlewellan
  • Caravanning and Camping sites,picnicand barbecue areas
  • The Grange Coffee House
  • Disabled facilities
  • Way marked trails and guided tours
  • Horse riding routes and orienteering routes
  • Fishing
  • Special events such as Castlewellan Agricultural Show every July