Cave Hill Country Park

The park is home to Cave Hill Adventurous Playground, archaeological sites, Cave Hill Visitor Centre, ecotrails, walking and orienteering routes. Refreshments are also available in the Cellar Restaurant inside Belfast Castle.

Cave Hill Country Park gets its name from five caves, which could be early iron mines, located on the side of the main Belfast cliffs.

The park itself contains a wealth of natural and historical features including Cave Hill, one of the most visible landmarks in Belfast, and Belfast Castle.

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.

Access update
The path from the zoo entrance, through Hazelwood and into the Cave Hill Country Park at Belfast Castle is closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

Opening times:

Telephone for opening times- Park open all year.


Admission Free- Park
Admission Charge- Adventure Playground

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

George Best Belfast City Airport Tourist Information Desk

Location / Directions

Four miles north of the city.
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