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Belfast Castle, Belfast

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History and fine dining come together at Belfast Castle, which holds a prominent position 120 m (400 ft) above sea level and provides panoramic views of the city of Belfast and Belfast Lough. Dating back to 1870, the castle was designed in the Scottish baronial style by architect Charles Lanyon. One of the area’s most popular wedding reception venues, the castle includes a well-stocked antiques shop and an informative visitor center. The castle’s restaurant serves meals for all tastes, from light snacks to gourmet evening meals, prepared using only the freshest and finest local produce. When you visit the castle, don’t miss a chance to photograph the iconic Napoleon’s Nose, a basalt outcrop believed to have inspired Jonathan Swift’s novel "Gulliver's Travels." Work out when and for how long to visit Belfast Castle and other Belfast attractions using our handy Belfast online trip planner.
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  • We had booked Afternoon Tea at Belfast Castle for a birthday treat. Usually I would like to give a positive review when eating out unfortunately this isn't the case. On arrival to our table to a... 
    We had booked Afternoon Tea at Belfast Castle for a birthday treat. Usually I would like to give a positive review when eating out unfortunately this isn't the case. On arrival to our table to a...  more »
  • We wanted to have afternoon tea for friends birthday, unfortunately this was a Friday and afternoon teas were only being served on Saturday at this time. After a few quick phone calls the chef had... 
    We wanted to have afternoon tea for friends birthday, unfortunately this was a Friday and afternoon teas were only being served on Saturday at this time. After a few quick phone calls the chef had...  more »
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  • Very cute gardens with a cute cat finding game, the castle itself internally looked quite basic the downstairs visitor centre looked a bit bleak and the interactive parts didn't work when pressed. Still a gorgeous castle though so I would recommend a visit for the view. But you can tell its a castle that is used for weddings and things as its not really a museum as such.
  • This is certainly in my top five places to visit in Belfast. The castle itself is beautiful to look at, but it also hosts beautiful gardens and there are lots of loop walks to be taken around its surroundings. You can either take small loops around the adjacent gardens or take a full hike up the mountain behind. There are a number of carparks that we noted, one either side of the castle, but both were reasonably busy on the two occasions we visited so I would recommend visiting reasonably early to find parking easily. Reasonable fitness is needed fir the longer walks, but the immediate gardens are easy to walk however there are a number of steps that must be navigated.

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