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Visitor information and FAQs

Here is a list of questions our visitors often ask when planning a visit to Belfast Castle.

What time do the grounds of Belfast Castle open and close?

The opening hours of Belfast Castle grounds vary through the year. Closing times change as daylight lengthens or shortens. Read the current opening and closing times.

The castle and gardens may close if there is a private event on.

Is it free to visit Belfast Castle and its gardens, or do I need a ticket?

Belfast Castle, including the visitor information centre, is free to visit.

How long does it take to walk up Cave Hill?

There are a number of trails to walk up Cave Hill, of varying lengths and difficulty, including;

  • Cavehill Trail is a 4.5 mile (7.2 km) circular walking route. For this route, you need sturdy walking shoes and clothing for inclement weather. The trail takes in McArt’s Fort. The total ascent of the trail is 256m and needs a good level of fitness.
  • Estate Trail is a 2.4 mile (3.9 km) circular walking route through the woodland. This follows paths on the lower slopes of the country park. The total ascent of the route is 134m.
  • Castle Trail is a short 0.8 mile (1.3km) circular trail taking in the gardens in Belfast Castle.

Read more about Cave Hill Country Park (link opens in new window)

How long does it take to visit Belfast Castle?

For a self-guided walk, along with a visit to the Cave Hill Visitor Information Centre, we would recommend allowing around one hour.

Can I order a taxi if I'm at the castle?

Yes, we have a freephone service available at our reception.

Is there parking at Belfast Castle?

There is free onsite parking at Belfast Castle. The main car park is located at the front of the venue with additional overspill parking also available. There are designated disabled and parent and child spaces. Parking spaces are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Is there free Wi-Fi at Belfast Castle?

There is free Wi-Fi available through Belfast Wi-Fi (link opens in new window)

Is Belfast Castle dog friendly?

Dogs (except registered assistance dogs) are not allowed inside Belfast Castle, the castle gardens, the adventure playground or inside our coffee shop or restaurant.

Dogs on leads are allowed in the outdoor seated area at our Tavern Coffee Shop. Water bowls are available on request.

Is the venue wheelchair accessible and inclusive for everyone?

We pride ourselves on ensuring accessibility for all visitors and guests, and we wish to create a welcoming environment by demonstrating kindness, patience and respect for people with a learning disability and/or autism. Read more about visitor accessibility and facilities.

Are there baby-changing facilities at Belfast Castle?

Yes, there is a baby-changing facility in the toilets of the Tavern Coffee Shop. A second baby-changing facility is available on the ground floor. Breastfeeding is also welcome at Belfast Castle.

Does Belfast Castle have hotel accommodation?

No, there is no hotel accommodation at Belfast Castle. For accommodation in the local area go to Visit Belfast (link opens in new window)

Can I hire Belfast Castle gardens for photography or videography, and is there a fee?

Yes, you can hire the gardens for photography or videography for a small fee. Please call 028 9077 6925 for more information.

Are public events held at Belfast Castle?

Yes, we hold a number of public events throughout the year from concerts to fairs, exhibitions and dances. You can find out what events are coming up on our events page.

What are the catering arrangements for events and functions, and do you allow external caterers?

We have an approved caterer on site that will provide you with a quote for your event or function. Please contact us for more information about our caterer

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