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Belfast Castle Tours

Belfast Castle
The turreted Scottish Baronial-style Belfast Castle stands high atop a promontory overlooking the city. It was built using the fast-diminishing funds of the third Marquess of Donegall, and the castle now serves as a restaurant, wedding reception site, and events venue. A visitor center in the basement chronicles the history of the castle and the surrounding Cave Hill Country Park with which it shares the hillside, while the ornamental gardens promise stellar views over Belfast City Centre and Belfast Lough.
 
The Basics
Though most of the castle is now used as a restaurant and event venue, several key attractions on the estate keep visitors coming to this striking structure. Find the Cave Hill Visitor Centre in the basement, which tracks the human history of the hill, as well as the castle’s development. The spectacular grounds are an excellent place for a stroll, with the 1,200-foot (366-meter) tall McArt's Fort lookout providing sweeping views over Northern Ireland’s capital. A stop at the castle is included on most Belfast city sightseeing tours and hop-on hop-off bus tours.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes so you can stroll around the park’s sloping paths.
  • Enjoy a snack or light lunch during the day in the cellar restaurant or return for a multi-course dinner come evening.
  • Bring the kids along to play in the award-winning Cave Hill Adventurous Playground, located within the castle estate.
  • The site is wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
The castle sits on the slopes of Cave Hill, northwest of the city center. Ample parking can be found on site. If you want to use public transport, take any Metro 1 bus route along the Antrim Road and allow for a 15-minute uphill walk to the entrance. Alternatively, hop-on hop-off Belfast tour buses drop off travelers closer to the castle.
 
When to Get There
Belfast Castle is open daily. The castle grounds are busiest on sunny summer weekends, with the playground being particularly busy during July and August. The Cave Hill Visitor Centre is open daily, Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 10pm and Sunday and Monday from 9am to 5:30pm.
 
The Cats of Belfast Castle
Visitors will find nine depiction of cats hidden among the castle’s ornamental gardens; some are mosaics, others are sculptures, while others are carefully crafted topiaries. These feline figures pay homage to the legend that castle residents will have good fortune as long as a cat—and ideally a white one—lives on the estate.
Address: Off Antrim Road, Belfast BT15 5GR, Northern Ireland
Hours: Varies
Admission: Free
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14 Tours and Activities to Experience Belfast Castle

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3-Day - Hop-on Hop-off City Bus Tour with Castle

3-Day - Hop-on Hop-off City Bus Tour with Castle

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Make your own way through Belfast with a three day tour bus pass. On board, you can listen to commentary to learn more about what you’re seeing, or gaze at the scenery for yourself. When something catches your eye, get off and explore this lovely city for yourself. With over 30 stops throughout the city, this bus pass allows you to capitalize effectively on your time in Belfast.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.04
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$15.04

Belfast Cab Tour of Peacewalls, Murals and the Famous Titanic Slips

Belfast Cab Tour of Peacewalls, Murals and the Famous Titanic Slips

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Your tour guide will have lived throughout the Troubles and also worked in Harland & Wolff shipyards where the Titanic was built and this tour has been rated in the top 5% of Five Star Tours Worldwide. Your guide will be been a former combatant who signed up and agreed to the Good Friday Agreement before qualifying as a professional tour guide. The tours are fully validated and have been approved by international tour associations and also universities in the USA. The tours are informative yet also fun and carried out in a luxury Mercedes Taxi-Bus. My tours have been running for over 20 years with 1000s of satisfied travelers.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.80
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$39.80
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Belfast Official Private City Sightseeing Political Murals Guided Tour

Belfast Official Private City Sightseeing Political Murals Guided Tour

Get a more in-depth insight into Belfast’s complex past than you could independently during a private half-day tour of the city’s conflict-related murals, landmarks, and attractions. Plus, benefit from the personalized attention of your personal guide and cover more ground than you could on foot with private transfers, leaving you free to relax and enjoy the experience.
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  • 2 hours 40 minutes to 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$127.35
Price varies by group size
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$127.35
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Belfast City Sightseeing Tour

Belfast City Sightseeing Tour

Complete your trip to Northern Ireland with a sightseeing city tour of our capital, Belfast. On our tours, we'll show you everything that our city has to offer in terms of architecture, culture, and the general atmosphere. Our tour can include all or some of the above depending on time availability.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$132.66
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$132.66
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Private Executive: Belfast City Sightseeing Tour

Private Executive: Belfast City Sightseeing Tour

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Our Belfast City Sightseeing Tour is designed to give you the tourist a well rounded trip and view of Belfast City. We take in each corner of the city and bring you to all the best bits within the city of Belfast. We conduct all our tours in executive Mercedes vehicles, with onboard Wi-Fi, lots of room, AirCon and a guide that will be filled with knowledge, stories and able to provide you with the 'Belfast Banter' that we have grown to know and love. The City Sightseeing Tour is the best way to get to see all of Belfast City and is highly ideal for those coming from cruise ships or those that have little time but want to see a lot of Belfast. After all, we are home to the worlds largest outdoor gallery with so much contemporary history to show, if you're in Belfast, we would be honored to be the ones to guide you through the city.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$254.70
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$254.70
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Diamond chauffeurs Ireland

Diamond chauffeurs Ireland

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The professionalism and knowledge of our chauffeur/guide added to the luxurious vehicles make this a day to remember.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.13
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$106.13

Private Luxury Full-Day Belfast Sightseeing Tour From Belfast Cruise Terminal

Private Luxury Full-Day Belfast Sightseeing Tour From Belfast Cruise Terminal

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Travelers that reach port in Belfast can get a complete overview of the city with this full-day private tour, with port pickup included. On your busy shore excursion, see top sights around the city—from the famous murals on Falls Road to the Peace Walls—along with top landmarks like the Parliament Buildings and Botanic Gardens. And since your driver is there to whisk you around, all you need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy hassle-free sightseeing.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$541.25
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Belfast Executive Black Taxi Tour, Drive across the divide, segragated Belfast,

Belfast Executive Black Taxi Tour, Drive across the divide, segragated Belfast,

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This Tour is with a Local who grew up with the conflict. Born in May 1969, The Conflict "started in August 1969". The Troubles "That I Grew Up With". Who better to take you and show you around the Conflict Zones than a Local. Parts of this Tour is very Hard Hitting. I will try to keep my Tour as Balanced as possible "But" at all times I will be honest and Truthful. I tell it as it was.
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  • 4 hours to 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$530.63
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$530.63
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Belfast Historical And Political Tour

Belfast Historical And Political Tour

Fully insured luxury vehicles with experienced guides. Our drivers are not only experienced but are passionate about our beautiful country and history. Our guides are passionate about our beautiful country and extremely knowledgeable about it's history. You will have a very entertaining tour of Belfast and there will also be plenty of opportunities to take photographs of our amazing scenery and landmarks to remember your day by. Our tours are completely customisable so please ask us if you would like a different tour or if you want to change parts of the tour.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$566.01
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$566.01
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Private Luxury Northern Ireland Top Highlights 2 Full-Day Tour

Private Luxury Northern Ireland Top Highlights 2 Full-Day Tour

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If visiting Belfast you will want to have the opportunity to explore our Belfast and beyond, visit as many points of interest as your time allows. 2 full-Day Tour fully customizable to suit your interests and needs. The tour will be a personal tour for you only. This is a hassle-free way of seeing and doing as much as you want in Belfast and beyond in 2 days. Whether you are cruising as a large group or a smaller family group we will plan a perfect itinerary so you can make the most of your time in Belfast.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$994.94
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$994.94
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Step on Tour Guide To explore the best of Belfast City and Iconic Murals

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Step on Tour Guide To explore the best of Belfast City and Iconic Murals

We do not provide the Vehicles for this tour. Our Accredited Guides will join your group on your Coach, Car or MPV. Please note that group size does not matter. As long as there is a seat retained for the Guide. All guides are from Belfast and therefore can provide local insights. Guides will give a deeper understanding of the Iconic Belfast Wall Murals and are well versed in the history of recent conflicts
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$127.35
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$159.19
$31.84 savings
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$159.19
$31.84 savings
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Belfast City Tour

Belfast City Tour

Locally experienced world host tour guides and drivers. Can be tailored to meet customer requirements.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.75
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$49.75
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A WeeTaste of Belfast History Tour of its Historic Pubs, Shops and Scenery

A WeeTaste of Belfast History Tour of its Historic Pubs, Shops and Scenery

My tours are fully validated and have been approved by international tour associations and also universities in the USA. My tours are informative yet also fun and carried out in a luxury Mercedes Taxi-Bus. My tours have been running for over 20 years taking tourists, decerning travellers, university academics and students from around the world. The tours also come with supporting materials that provide an overview of the sites and people seen on the tour and also give an unique understanding of the incredable history of Belfast that spams over 5000 years.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$551.86
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$551.86
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Belfast City History and Titanic birthplace private tour

Belfast City History and Titanic birthplace private tour

Book this tour and learn all about Belfast City history - its conflict, murals, Peace Walls, and Gates. Both Catholic and Protestant areas. Your guide will drive you through the streets of Belfast visiting all the famous attractions: Victorian buildings, Belfast Castle, Stormont and all parts of the city from the Cathedral Quarter to the Titanic Quarter.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$734.00
Price varies by group size
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$734.00
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Belfast Castle hours of operation?
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Belfast Castle hours of operation: Varies. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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