Belfast Castle Estate & Cave Hill Visitor Centre
Belfast Castle Estate is adjacent to one of the highest spots in Belfast, Cave Hill, offering great views over Belfast Lough and the city.
For generations, Cave Hill has been synonymous with Belfast, with its imposing outline visible throughout the city. The landmark, named for the five caves located on the side of the cliffs, contains a wealth of natural, archaeological and historical features, including Belfast Castle.
Its most famous feature, known locally as Napoleon's Nose, is believed to have been the inspiration for Jonathan Swift's novel, Gulliver's Travels.
The park is home to the Cave Hill Adventurous Playground, archaeological sites, Visitor Information Area in Belfast Castle, ecotrails, walking and orienteering routes.
The estate contains landscaped gardens and mature mixed woodland and offers superb views of the city from a variety of vantage points. It is home to many different species of wildlife, including long-eared owls, sparrowhawks and Belfast's rarest plant; the town hall clock.
Cave Hill Visitor Centre
Cave Hill Visitor Centre is located in the basement of Belfast Castle. This fascinating and intriguing museum is open:
- Tuesday to Sunday: 9am - 10pm
- Sunday: 9am - 5.30pm
- Monday: 9am to 5.30pm.
Admission is free.
The Cellar Restaurant within the castle is open every day from 11am - 5pm serving snacks, light refreshments and lunch as well as a traditional Sunday lunch. The restaurant is open for dinner until 9pm on Tuesday to Saturday evenings.
Directions to Belfast Castle Estate & Cave Hill Visitor Centre
Belfast Castle is located on the side of Cave Hill, at the top of Antrim Road. It is about four miles from Belfast, and walking from the city centre takes at least 70 minutes. Follow the signs for Donegall Street and Clifton Street until you reach Carlisle Circus. Turn right onto Antrim Road and continue along the road, until you reach Innisfayle Park, which leads to the entrance to the castle. Metro services 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F, 1G and 2A (for Antrim Road or Bellevue) also depart from Donegall Square West in Belfast city centre and pass by Innisfayle Park. From the main entrance, it is a ten to 15 minute walk to the castle. Free car parking is provided at the end of the main driveway, near the main castle building.