Belfast Castle is located in the Cave Hill area of north Belfast. It was built in the 1860s and is one of the city's most famous landmarks.
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.
- Antrim Road
- BT15 5GR
Top Reasons To Visit
- Belfast Castle is one of the city's most famous landmarks
- Breathtaking views of the city from Cave Hill Country Park
- The award-winning Cave Hill Adventurous Playground
- Learn about the history at Cave Hill Visitor Centre
- Shop in the Victorian-style Castle Antiques area
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.