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Cave Hill Country Park

Cave Hill,
Antrim Road/Innisfayle Park junction, BT15 5GR

The park is home to Cave Hill Adventurous Playground, archaeological sites, Cave Hill Visitor Centre, ecotrails, walking and orienteering routes.  Refreshments are also available in the Cellar Restaurant inside Belfast Castle.

Cave Hill Country Park gets its name from five caves, which could be early iron mines, located on the side of the main Belfast cliffs.

The park itself contains a wealth of natural and historical features including Cave Hill, one of the most visible landmarks in Belfast, and Belfast Castle.

There are several archaeological sites in Cave Hill Country Park including the remains of a stone cairn, cashel and crannog. The most spectacular is McArts Fort, an ancient ráth or fort which stands almost 368 metres (about 1,200 feet) above sea level.

Access update

The path from the zoo entrance, through Hazelwood and into the Cave Hill Country Park at Belfast Castle is closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience.



Park opening hours

Orangefield Park and Victoria Park are open 24/7. The rest of our parks open at 7.30am and close at the following times throughout the year. 

 Date Closing time 
2 November 2014 - 25 January 20154.30pm 
26 January - 1 February 20155pm 
2 February - 15 February 20155.30pm 
16 February - 1 March 20156pm 
2 March - 15 March 20156.30pm 
16 March - 29 March 20157pm 
30 March - 5 April 20158pm 
6 April - 19 April 20158.30pm 
20 April - 26 April 20159pm 
27 April - 3 May 20159.30pm (9pm for Botanic Gardens) 
4 May - 26 July 2015 10pm (9pm for Botanic Gardens) 
27 July - 9 August 2015 9pm 
10 August - 30 August 2015 8.30pm 
31 August - 6 September 8pm 
7 September - 20 September 2015 7.30pm 
21 September - 4 October7pm 
5 October - 18 October 6.30pm 
19 October - 25 October 6pm 
26 October - 1 November 5.30pm
2 November - 3 January 2016 4.30pm


Getting here

You can enter the park at Antrim Road (Bellevue), Ballysillan Road (Carr's Glen), Innisfayle Park (Belfast Castle), Upper Cavehill Road or Upper Hightown Road. Take Metro no.1 A-H (Monday to Saturday) or no.1 C-E or H (Sundays).

Award nomination

In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Cave Hill Country Park was awarded the Green Flag Award, which recognises the best open spaces in the UK. 

Other attractions

Enjoy panoramic views across Belfast from vantage points on the hillside. The park's natural attractions include heath and moorland on top of the hill itself, the meadows and Milewater Stream in Carr's Glen Linear Park, the woodlands of Hazelwood and the beautiful surroundings of Belfast Castle Estate. The area is rich in birds and wild plants and land at Ballyhagan and Hazelwood is designated as a local nature reserve.

Walking routes

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Contact us

 028 9031 9629 or 07860 461955 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm only)