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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.

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.

Belfast Castle has a fantastic restaurant with varied menus and something to suit everyone. From lunch in the Cellar Restaurant to morning coffee with delicious scones and patisserie items in the Tavern. All catering is provided by the local family run business French Village who are well renowned for their food quality and innovation across Belfast and beyond.
  • Antrim Road
  • Belfast
  • Antrim
  • 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.

  • Cellar Restaurant

    The Cellar Restaurant within the castle is open every day serving snacks, light refreshments and lunch as well as a traditional Sunday lunch. The restaurant is open for dinner until 9pm on Thursday to Saturday evenings.

    • Monday: 12 noon – 4.30pm
    • Tuesday: 12 noon – 4.30pm
    • Wednesday: 12 noon – 4.30pm
    • Thursday: 12 noon – 8.30pm
    • Friday: 12 noon – 8.30pm
    • Sunday 12 noon – 8.30pm

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