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Cave Hill Country Park

Cave Hill Country Park gets its name from five caves, which could be early iron mines, on the side of the main Belfast cliffs. The park has many natural and historical features including archaeological sites, Cave Hill, ecotrails, walking and orienteering routes and Belfast Castle. The park has picnic areas, woodland ares and species-rich greenland. There are cattle grazing in the park.

Archaeological sites

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.

Getting to Cave Hill Country Park

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).

Access to the park

There is no exit from Cave Hill Country Park onto the Antrim Road from the back driveway, as we are carrying out essential maintenance.

There are grazing in Cave Hill Country Park. When visiting the park:

  • keep to pathways
  • do not approach cattle
  • avoid getting between animals and their young
  • keep dogs on a short lead
  • if cattle approach, let your dog off the lead
  • report any damage to fences

To report damage please call 028 9032 0202 (office hours) or 028 9027 0275 (outside office hours). In an emergency, dial 999. To report antisocial behaviour, call 028 9050 0515.

Green Flag awards

Cave Hill Country Park has been awarded the Green Flag Award every year from 2009 to 2020. This award 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, 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. Land at Ballyhagan and Hazelwood is designated as a local nature reserve.

Events and conservation

To find out about conservation events, visit Cavehill Conservation website.

Park events

To find out about events and activities in Belfast parks, go to Park events.

Park opening hours

Parks open at 7.30am every day. Closing times change as daylight shortens.
Date Closing time 
2021
1-27 January 4.30pm
28 January - 3 February 5pm
4 February - 17 February 5.30pm
18 February-3 March 6pm
4 March - 17 March 6.30pm
18 March - 24 March 7pm
25 March - 31 March 8pm
1 April - 14 April 8.30pm
15 April - 28 April 9pm
29 April – 5 May 9.30pm (9pm for Botanic Gardens)
6 May – 28 July 10pm (9pm for Botanic Gardens) 
29 July – 11 August 9.30pm (9pm for Botanic Gardens)
12 August – 25 August 9pm
26 August – 1 September 8.30pm
2 September – 15 September 8pm
16 September – 29 September 7.30pm
30 September - 13 October 7pm
14 October – 20 October 6.30pm
21 October – 27 October 5.30pm
28 October – 10 November 5pm
11 November – 31 December 4.30pm

Map of Cave Hill Country Park

Parks

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

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