Any European city will be incomplete without a castle replete with history. The 19th century Belfast Castle is perched at an envious position at the lower slopes of Cave Hill Country Park in North Belfast. The original Castle was built in Belfast city by the Normans, but it was was burned down in 1708 AD. The new castle which we see today was built at this new site at Cave Hill. The castle is built in Scottish Baronial style by the Chichesters.
The castle looks straight out of a fairytale book and resembles the German Schloss. The two storeyed stone structure has a beautiful sweeping stone staircase overlooking the gardens. A quick peek inside the castle which is now used only for weddings, social events and gatherings, has lovely rooms with elegant décor with large windows. There is a park surrounding the Castle which has exotic flowers, fountains and lush green grass beds. The park has a ‘Cat’ theme. There are floor mosaics depicting a Cat design, bushes cut out in Cat silhouettes and quaint Cat statues around.
There are exquisite views of the Belfast City from the Castle park. If you are game for some adventure, there is the Cave Hill trek path just next to the Castle.
A taxi ride from City Center is just 10-15 minutes from the Castle. You can also take a Metro Bus Number 1 which stops at the Castle Bus Stop. From here you have to walk for 10-15 minutes upto the Castle.