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Belfast Castle Estate

The park is home to Cave Hill Adventurous Playground, archaeological sites, visitor information area in Belfast Castle, ecotrails, walking and orienteering routes.

Getting to Belfast Castle Estate

You can enter the park through Cave Hill Adventurous Playground at Gray's Lane or Innisfayle Park. Take Metro no.1 A-H from Belfast city centre (Monday to Saturday) or no.1 C-E or H (Sundays).

Other attractions

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.

Natural flood management scheme and outdoor educational area

In February 2022 a natural flood management pilot project was introduced in the grounds of the estate. This saw a number of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) installed to better manage wastewater and drainage within the site.

The project, funded by the Department for Infrastructure through their Living With Water in Belfast plan, also saw a new outdoor classroom and forest trail added to the grounds.

School art project

To help launch the flood management scheme, pupils from Cavehill Primary School and Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School were invited to attend the first session in the outdoor classroom.

The pupils were given a guided tour to see the new sustainable drainage systems and learn about the benefits of introducing natural flood management upstream. Attendees were then invited to take part in a competition focusing on what they learnt on their visit. Below you can see the top three entries from each school. The winners each received a family pass to Belfast Zoo and an Easter egg.

Cavehill Primary School

  • 1st: Leah Riddell (P4)
  • 2nd: Enya Briggs (P4)
  • 3rd: Grace Braniff (P4)

Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School

  • 1st: Katie O’Carroll (P5)
  • 2nd: Lucy Meighan (P7)
  • 3rd: Caolan Lavery (P7)

Park events

To find out what events and activities are on in our parks, go to Park events.

Park opening hours

Date Closing time 
28 May to 24 July 10pm
25 July to 5 August 9.30pm
6 August to 26 August 9pm
27 August to 2 September 8.30pm
3 to 16 September 8pm
17 to 30 September 7pm
1 to 21 October 6.30pm
22 to 28 October 6pm
29 October to 11 November 5.30pm
12 to 25 November 5pm
26 November to 31 December 4.30pm

Map of Belfast Castle Estate

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Belfast Castle Estate, Antrim Road, Belfast BT15 5GR

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