Explore the surrounding natural woodland and parkland

Cave Hill Country Park

Enjoy breathtaking views and stand, quite literally, on top of Belfast during a visit to Cave Hill Country Park.

Explore one of Belfast’s most famous landmarks, Napoleon's Nose, which is believed to have been the inspiration for Jonathan Swift's novel, Gulliver's Travels.

Cavehill Country Park is also a popular walking and cycling spot.

Walking route (PDF - 198KB)

Orienteering courses

Challenge your mind and body with our orienteering courses at Cave Hill Country Park. Call into Belfast Castle reception to pick up your free map.

Orienteering is suitable for all ages and abilities. Follow the route of your choice at your own pace, which could be walking, jogging or racing. Our courses are ideal for families, schools and community groups.

Cave Hill Adventurous Playground

The park is suitable for children aged three to 14 and includes cradle swings, slides, spring rockers, a sand play unit and a bicycle roundabout. For older children, there's a spectacular space net and aerial runway.

Opening hours

Month  Day  Opening hours

Monday to Friday 2pm - 7.30pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am - 7.30pm
October Monday to Friday Closed
Saturday & Sunday  11am - 4.30pm
 November and December Monday to Friday  Closed 
Saturday & Sunday 11am - 4pm
Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 December   11am - 3.30pm
Toilet facilities not available
Christmas Day Closed 
Thursday 26 &and Wednesday 27 December 11am - 3.30pm 
Toilet facilities not available
Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 December 11am - 4pm
Toilet facilities available
Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 December  11am - 3.30pm
Toilet facilities not available
 January New Year's Day to Friday 3 January 11am - 3.30pm
Toilet facilities not available
Saturday 4 and  Sunday 5 January 11am - 4pm
Toilet facilities available
Monday to Friday Closed 
Saturday & Sunday 11am - 4pm 

Subject to weather conditions.

Groups are advised to book in advance, especially in July and August when the playground is busy. However, there are no concessions for groups. 

The following rules apply to the playground:

  • children must be accompanied by an adult(s) at all times
  • adults bringing children to the playground must supervise them
  • last admission is 30 minutes before closing time
  • no dogs allowed.

For more information call us on +44 (0)28 9077 6925.

Cave Hill Visitor Centre

Find out more about the history of the Cave Hill area at our visitor centre inside Belfast Castle cellar. 

Opening times

 Days  Times 
 Monday  9am - 6pm 
 Tuesday to Saturday   9am - 10pm
 Sunday  9am - 5.30pm
For generations, Cave Hill has been synonymous with Belfast, with its imposing outline visible throughout the city. The landmark, named for the five caves located on the side of the cliffs, contains a wealth of natural, archaeological and historical features.