Belfast Castle is a 19th century Scottish Baronial style castle with unrivalled views of the city.

Belfast Castle is a magnificent sandstone building offering a wealth of history and grandeur for a range of functions. Its sense of history, the superb setting and first-rate facilities makes Belfast Castle an ideal venue for that special occasion and offers a unique experience for all who visit. It occupies a prominent position on the slopes of Cave Hill, some 120 metres (400 feet) above sea level. The building was officially re-opened to the public on 11 November 1988 after a major refurbishment programme by Belfast City Council (opens in new window). It is now managed by the council.

The first ‘Belfast Castle’ was built by the Normans in the late 12th century. In 1611, Sir Arthur Chichester, Baron of Belfast, built a stone and timber castle on the same site. This was burned down almost 100 years later, leaving only street names, such as Castle Place, to mark the location. Read more about the Castle’s history and journey through time.

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Belfast Castle, Antrim Rd, Belfast. BT15 5GR

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