Region: Northern Ireland

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: WWT Castle Espie, 78 Ballydrain Road, , County Down, Northern Irland BT23 6EA

Contact: 028 9187 5974



We welcome school groups of all sizes, all year round. Whether you are looking for a hands-on exploratory investigation into wetland life and habitats, or wanting to understand the survival and conservation of wetland species, we offer a unique combination of guided and self-guided learning sessions suited to a wide range of ages and abilities.

Come and join us now for your outdoor learning adventures and take advantage of our great value package for schools. To find out more or make a booking, please contact our Learning team on 028 9187 5974 or via email

Are you on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media?

Yes – Twitter:


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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

We are the UK’s leading wetland conservation organization. Since 1946, over 2.2 million pupils have visited our wetlands sites. One of the UK’s leading providers of learning outside the classroom, learners become immersed in a unique environment, coming face to face with the unexpected, exploring wetland habitats hands-on.

What does a typical educational visit include?

An education visit package includes:

- A hands-on guided learning session outdoors offered to Early Years, KS1-4, A’ Level, University and/or Post-Graduate

- A full day’s entry to one of our wetland centres

- Access to our adventure play areas and shop

- Binocular hire, spotter sheets and maps

- Bag storage, lunch spaces and coach parking

 - Pre and post visit learning resources

- Safety information for risk assessments

- Free familiarization visits for group leaders

What group sizes do you cater for?

All sizes but maximum 90 pupils per day

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

As per above. These can be found at:

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?

Yes, we are happy, as long as they have obtained consent.

Does your venue have an education officer?

Yes, our venue has key learning staff and volunteers. We have a Learning Manager, John McCullough,, and learning officers. We also have a general education email at WWT Castle Espie,

What is the cost of the visit?

Our costs can be found at:

These costs will change in January 2017, including the free school visit offer.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

We have a FAQs page on our website:

We can adapt to the weather. However, we do ask every class to come prepared for all weathers as our visits are predominantly outside.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

We have first aid on site but we recommend schools to bring a first aid kit and qualified first aider with them too.

Please list facilities available.

As per above:  Adventure play areas, shop, bag areas/storage, lunch spaces, coach parking.

What are your disabled facilities?

WWT Castle Espie is suitable for SEND groups and SEND individuals. We ask groups to let us know about SEND pupils when booking a trip in order for us to cater to their needs as best as possible.

What are your opening days and hours?

We're open from 10am everyday, 363 days a year, with seasonal closing times.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?

‘It was pitched perfectly for our children and they haven’t stopped talking about the day.’ Primary school teacher

‘We had a brilliant time, so many learning opportunities were provided that can’t be recreated in school, thank you.’ Primary school teacher

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Animal Welfare Environment Centres Field Studies Green Awareness Indoor Activity & Soft Play Centres Outdoor Education Picnic Areas Safety Awareness Science & Technology SEN Wildlife and Nature Zoos

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies Geography Mathematics Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December