Belfast Castle

Belfast Castle showing heritage architecture, a fountain and a castle
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With views across the city and centuries of history, this classical sandstone building is one of the most popular free attractions in Belfast.

Belfast Castle is a symbol of the city and can be seen from across town. A visit to the castle is a must for history enthusiasts and those wanting to appreciate the best views of the city. Admire the romantic-looking Scottish baronial architecture, wander the castle’s expansive grounds, have a traditional Irish meal in its cellar, or hike Cave Hill.

Over the centuries, there have been three Belfast Castles. The first was a Norman 12th-century structure in what is now the city center. It was replaced by a stone and timber castle in 1611. Nearly a century later it burned down and the 3rd Marquess of Donegall chose to build a whole new castle on the slopes of Cave Hill in 1862. It was donated to the City of Belfast in 1934 and renovated from 1978 to 1988.

See if you can find the Donegall coat-of-arms over the front door and then enter to explore the castle’s permanent exhibits. Learn about the families who lived here and their importance to Belfast.
 
Walk the castle grounds to discover the native flora and fauna of the area. For a more rugged experience, visit the adjacent Cave Hill County Park, which has excellent hiking trails.

Take in the views of Belfast from the castle, or hike to the summit of Cave Hill to view the castle from above. There is also a playground for children in the castle grounds.

Enjoy local food in the Victorian-style cellar during a unique lunch or dining experience. At night, the lit-up castle acts as a beacon to people looking for traditional Irish fun. Hear local music at the Castle Tavern on a Friday or Saturday night.

Belfast Castle is located on Antrim Road, on the edge of Belfast, a 10-minute drive from downtown. Parking and admission is free. The castle is also served by bus however, it’s a 15-minute walk from the castle gates to the actual building. Belfast Castle is open daily, but the tavern and restaurant close on Sunday and Monday nights.

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Jurys Inn Belfast
Jurys Inn Belfast
4 out of 5
Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT1 6DY
The price is CA $121 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 7
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Belfast. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the property condition ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,003 reviews)
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"Great place to stay in every respect."

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Titanic view luxury apartment Belfast in the leafy castle view area of Belfast
Titanic view luxury apartment Belfast in the leafy castle view area of Belfast
Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $169 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 21
Stay at this family-friendly apartment in Belfast. Enjoy free breakfast, WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Belfast Castle and Cave Hill Country Park ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
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The Lansdowne Hotel
The Lansdowne Hotel
3.5 out of 5
657 Antrim Rd, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT15 4EF
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Belfast. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Fortwilliam Golf Club and Cave ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (13 reviews)
"Very nice hotel. You get a free drink of choice from the bar each.. Breakfast was very good"

Reviewed on Dec. 30, 2019

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Jurys Inn Belfast
Jurys Inn Belfast
4 out of 5
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Titanic view luxury apartment Belfast in the leafy castle view area of Belfast
Titanic view luxury apartment Belfast in the leafy castle view area of Belfast
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The Lansdowne Hotel
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3.5 out of 5
657 Antrim Rd, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT15 4EF
Titanic Hotel Belfast
Titanic Hotel Belfast
4.5 out of 5
Queen's Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT3 9DT
Fully Refurbished North Belfast Home 2
Fully Refurbished North Belfast Home 2
3.5 out of 5
177 Joanmount gardens, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT14 6NZ
Fully Refurbished North Belfast Home
Fully Refurbished North Belfast Home
3 out of 5
146 Joanmount gardens, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT14 6NZ
Beautifully Refurbished Belfast Home - WiFi/Parking/Close to Centre
Beautifully Refurbished Belfast Home - WiFi/Parking/Close to Centre
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Fully Refurbished North Belfast Home 3
Fully Refurbished North Belfast Home 3
3 out of 5
142 Joanmount Gardens, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT14 6NZ
Glandore Lodge
Glandore Lodge
3.5 out of 5
36 Glandore Ave, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT15 3FT
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