Belfast Castle Estate

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A walk through the woodland and parkland of the Belfast Castle Estate against the dramatic backdrop of Cave Hill.

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Belfast Castle Estate

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    County Antrim

    Distance 2.2 miles

    OS Map Sheet 15 & Belfast Street Finder

    Terrain Gravel paths steep hills

    Nearest Town Fortwilliam, Belfast

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference J328791

    Route Type Parkland & Grassland

    Route Description

    From the car park just before Belfast Castle this route follows the blue waymarked “Estate Trail”. Cross the main driveway and take the path that goes down the hill, turning left in front of the castle (outside the security fence). Turn right down past the Adventurous Playground and its car park.

    As the main driveway veers to the right, take the small path on the left leading uphill. This will take you past the rear of the Millennium Maze, on the site of the old rose garden. This path will lead you on to another tarmac driveway. Turn left and follow the drive uphill for a short distance. Where the drive veers left, take the gravel path to your right, keeping to the right of the next junction. You will soon come to the Volunteer’s Well on your left with a stream on your right. At the well on your left, continue uphill before taking the second gravel path on your left to begin the descent back towards the castle.

    At the next two junctions keep right. Occasionally you will get glimpses of Belfast Castle and the city below through the trees.

    This path continues along the back of the castle for some distance, before doubling back on itself and descending on to the main driveway. Turn right and follow the footpath until you reach the main gates to the park.

    Watch for traffic as you cross the driveway and take the footpath ahead. This leads back up the hill to the car park, past the sculpture of a peregrine on your right.

    Point of Interest

    Belfast Castle, Cave Hill, city views

    Getting to the start

    Car Park at Belfast Castle signposted off the Antrim Road.

    Public transport

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    Toilets and cafe in Belfast Castle (basement). Opening hours apply. The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: – Café (wheelchair accessible) – 12pm – 3pm Mon – Sat – Disabled toilets – Disabled parking.

    Accessibility Grade

    Grade 5

    • There may not be a formalised path, and variable, single file trails are to be expected.
    • Gradients and cross slope could be expected to be steep and not limited.
    • Obstacles and surface breaks of greater than 75mm measured across the line of the path to be expected.
    • Overhanging branches are possible. Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.