Belfast Castle
Belfast Castle
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Belfast Castle is one of Belfast’s main visitor attractions with over 100,000 visitors per year. Set on the slopes of Cave Hill Country Park, the castle is a talisman for the city. It has a commanding a view from 120 metres above the heart of Belfast. With its deeply connected history, a sweeping driveway and beautiful landscaped gardens, the Castle attracts both tourists and local people. Many use the castle's country park as part of their daily routine. The castle is renowned for its popular coffee shop and good reputation for food through the years. The unique venue is home to several rooms suitable for conferences, social events and private functions. It is also popular with tours, cruise passengers and school groups. Annually the castle hosts a number of large-scale public events, including wedding and event fairs, concerts, seasonal events and community gatherings.
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  • rtdood
    Manchester, United Kingdom790 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small and worth visiting if wanting to do a hike along one of the surrounding trails.
    Very easy to get too from the city centre as several buses run along the main road at regular and frequent intervals. From here it is only a short 20 minute walk up-hill through a residential area and then the park grounds. This is more of a ornate estate house rather than a castle, although it does have a small circular tower that isn't anything amazing. When I visited only the lower floor was explorable as the 2nd floor was closed. Consequently I didn't get to see much, other than the ornate furnishings so cannot comment if the upper floor is the same or not. Either way I didn't spend a lot of time here only about 30 minutes or so. The lower ground has some relics from the local area, such as bomber parts from a B-17 that crashed during the Second World War nearby and how local findings of objects helped identify the crew. The castle gardens are well maintained but not large, and only give a partial view of Belfast below - more of sea and the channel in. There is also a small cafe and would recommend visiting here if planning a hike of the local area via some of the trails offered such as the Cave Hill Trail.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 20, 2024
  • GingerNutz
    Northern Ireland, United Kingdom113 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Come on Belfast Castle, get your act together
    Random visit on a sunny Tuesday morning in January enticed by the cafe advertised in one of the car parks. Enjoyable walk around the gardens which are nicely kept. Entered the castle, there’s no welcome (even from the lady typing away furiously at one of the desks). Only the first floor appeared to be open. Asked for directions to the cafe and it’s closed on Tuesday and Wednesdays. Recommend that the powers that be update their advertising. Disappointing.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 30, 2024
  • Heathsr11
    128 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth seeing - but limited in what you can do
    Impressive castle. It’s about 20 mins by bus from the city centre (it opens at 9 and at this time there might be school traffic). You can ask the bus drivers as they’re very friendly and helpful in telling you when to get off! When you get off the bus the castle is well sign posted and it’s up a hill. There isn’t much to see inside (only the ground floor rooms and a small visitor exhibition on the ground floor) as it is now owned by the council and used largely for functions. There isn’t much in the rooms to tell you anything about the castle but it was built in 1880s after the previous castle burned down. The gardens are nice and on a clear day would offer nice views of the city (when we visited it was a bit cloudy). We’re pleased we visited though - the cafe isn’t open everyday but there is a cafe near the bus stop where you get the bus back into the city that you can visit. It won’t take you long to visit and you’ll want to plan your day to maybe visit the zoo or Crumlin Gaol which are nearby or reached by a short bus ride.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 22, 2024
  • amanda5805
    Duncan, Canada6,873 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointing Castle but Fantastic Garden
    Our visit to Belfast Castle was a mixed experience. While the stunning gardens and the presence of the resident castle cat added some charm to the visit, we found the overall castle to be somewhat disappointing. Rather than a traditional historic castle, this was more a visitor centre and banquet hall. The gardens surrounding the castle were indeed beautiful, offering picturesque views of the city and providing a serene atmosphere for a leisurely stroll. One of the highlights of our visit was learning about the castle cat, who added a playful and endearing touch to the experience. It is said that good fortune will come to those visiting Belfast Castle as long as the tradition of the castle cat is kept. The tradition dates back to the castle's history, where there has always been a resident white cat. The gardens below celebrate this tale with nine references made to the cat in paving sculpture and garden furniture.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 14, 2024
  • michael h
    Athy, Ireland1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were very happy with your staff
    We visited the .Castle in march the 12th it was a wonderful experience will worth the visit but unfortunately I was ill but the staff looked after my. I. Must say that Lisa the operations manager she went the extra mile Lisa a big thank you all the best Mike and Sue Harvey
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 21, 2024
  • motorcar1
    Dublin, Ireland14,167 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First time I heard of Belfast Castle
    Can’t believe I never heard of Belfast Castle, with more media promotion the 100,000 visitor could easily be increased five fold. It is a real gem and well worth a visit. The castle and grounds are beautiful and the history of the castle and previous castles on the site is very interesting. There was a fair and a rock choir there during my visit last Sunday. The grounds and the views are amazing. There is a great playground for children and the caves to explore.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 20, 2024
  • Janette C
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful castle
    We went to the Castle for a private concert and dinner afterwards. The scenery was amazing, and the food was wonderful. They were able to accommodate my allergies, and still provide an amazing meal. I highly recommend this castle. It has an amazing view of the city, and the castle itself is very beautiful.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 21, 2024
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Janette C
Philadelphia, PA78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We went to the Castle for a private concert and dinner afterwards. The scenery was amazing, and the food was wonderful. They were able to accommodate my allergies, and still provide an amazing meal. I highly recommend this castle. It has an amazing view of the city, and the castle itself is very beautiful.
Written May 21, 2024
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motorcar1
Dublin, Ireland14,167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Can’t believe I never heard of Belfast Castle, with more media promotion the 100,000 visitor could easily be increased five fold. It is a real gem and well worth a visit. The castle and grounds are beautiful and the history of the castle and previous castles on the site is very interesting. There was a fair and a rock choir there during my visit last Sunday. The grounds and the views are amazing. There is a great playground for children and the caves to explore.
Written April 20, 2024
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AbiL
Armagh, UK2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The views and gardens are lovely but that's about it. I was pretty confused walking around and most other guests seemed in the same boat. No coffee shop just an outside catering van that just did instant coffee. This could be a lovely place but it's boring and depressing.
Written April 3, 2024
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michael h
Athy, Ireland1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We visited the .Castle in march the 12th it was a wonderful experience will worth the visit but unfortunately I was ill but the staff looked after my. I. Must say that Lisa the operations manager she went the extra mile Lisa a big thank you all the best Mike and Sue Harvey
Written March 21, 2024
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada6,873 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Our visit to Belfast Castle was a mixed experience. While the stunning gardens and the presence of the resident castle cat added some charm to the visit, we found the overall castle to be somewhat disappointing. Rather than a traditional historic castle, this was more a visitor centre and banquet hall.

The gardens surrounding the castle were indeed beautiful, offering picturesque views of the city and providing a serene atmosphere for a leisurely stroll.

One of the highlights of our visit was learning about the castle cat, who added a playful and endearing touch to the experience. It is said that good fortune will come to those visiting Belfast Castle as long as the tradition of the castle cat is kept. The tradition dates back to the castle's history, where there has always been a resident white cat. The gardens below celebrate this tale with nine references made to the cat in paving sculpture and garden furniture.
Written March 14, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Heathsr11
128 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Impressive castle. It’s about 20 mins by bus from the city centre (it opens at 9 and at this time there might be school traffic). You can ask the bus drivers as they’re very friendly and helpful in telling you when to get off! When you get off the bus the castle is well sign posted and it’s up a hill. There isn’t much to see inside (only the ground floor rooms and a small visitor exhibition on the ground floor) as it is now owned by the council and used largely for functions. There isn’t much in the rooms to tell you anything about the castle but it was built in 1880s after the previous castle burned down. The gardens are nice and on a clear day would offer nice views of the city (when we visited it was a bit cloudy). We’re pleased we visited though - the cafe isn’t open everyday but there is a cafe near the bus stop where you get the bus back into the city that you can visit.
It won’t take you long to visit and you’ll want to plan your day to maybe visit the zoo or Crumlin Gaol which are nearby or reached by a short bus ride.
Written February 22, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

GingerNutz
Northern Ireland, UK113 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Random visit on a sunny Tuesday morning in January enticed by the cafe advertised in one of the car parks. Enjoyable walk around the gardens which are nicely kept. Entered the castle, there’s no welcome (even from the lady typing away furiously at one of the desks). Only the first floor appeared to be open. Asked for directions to the cafe and it’s closed on Tuesday and Wednesdays. Recommend that the powers that be update their advertising. Disappointing.
Written January 30, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

rtdood
Manchester, UK790 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Very easy to get too from the city centre as several buses run along the main road at regular and frequent intervals. From here it is only a short 20 minute walk up-hill through a residential area and then the park grounds. This is more of a ornate estate house rather than a castle, although it does have a small circular tower that isn't anything amazing.

When I visited only the lower floor was explorable as the 2nd floor was closed. Consequently I didn't get to see much, other than the ornate furnishings so cannot comment if the upper floor is the same or not. Either way I didn't spend a lot of time here only about 30 minutes or so.

The lower ground has some relics from the local area, such as bomber parts from a B-17 that crashed during the Second World War nearby and how local findings of objects helped identify the crew. The castle gardens are well maintained but not large, and only give a partial view of Belfast below - more of sea and the channel in.

There is also a small cafe and would recommend visiting here if planning a hike of the local area via some of the trails offered such as the Cave Hill Trail.
Written January 20, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tom_Pandelaere
Musselburgh, UK270 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Belfast Castle is, in fact, a municipal building in which certain services of the city council are located. It is not a museum as such. It lies a bit to the north of Belfast city centre and is probably the easiest to reach by bus. The castle sits on a hill in a very extensive park; visitors must be prepared to ascend some steep climbs until they get there.

There are several rooms and a classic stairwell inside, but no furniture. The aforementioned rooms are mostly empty and frequently used for events. In the cellar, there is a tearoom that does cake. Not bad.

A very tiny section of the basement level provides some summary information on the castle's history, and there should also be a documentary film; yet, alack, this was not working when we visited.

The most interesting part of the castle is its gardens, which contain nine cats made from stone and topiary bushes. This is a pleasant-enough place to while away some leisurely hours, but probably not worth travelling to on purpose...
Written June 9, 2023
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gamain
Inverell, Australia1,656 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We were on a 4 hr bus excursion with Belfast Castle being one of the stops. Our visit was on a fine warm day, to this 'victorian' building called a castle that overlooked a small well maintained garden, with glorious views towards Belfast Lough. I would have liked the opportunity to have been able to see the interior, but all we were allowed to see was the hallway leading to the toilets, therefore missing the opportunity of seeing the interior.
Written May 2, 2023
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