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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 trip itinerary maker.
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  • Almost daily I visit - usually led by King Charles Spaniel - and still find sniffs of history amidst the healthy woodsmell. Start at the Castle itself, briefly inflate your lungs with the herb/spice g...  more »
  • Attended a wedding on 11/4/2014. Beautiful location, Great venue, Fantastic views over Belfast and Belfast Lough. Hotel staff very attentive. Lovely food.  more »
  • Undoubtedly the castle is a building very nice as is the garden that circonda...ma remained slightly below expectation being then in fact a location abused for parties and weddings. Much more noteworthy the garden and the park surrounding it.
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  • I loved Belfast castle. It was after our cave hill walk, and what a way to end it. So historic and absolutely beautiful. Good place to come and enjoy the outside air and sun, it's really quiet and lovely.
  • Very nice place to visit and dine, Great views over Belfast Lough. Set in large gardens with great walk to the cavehill.
  • Very beatiful The gounds. Great if you want to go for a walk ranging from 1.5km to like 7-10 km in the Forrest and Hills.
  • Gorgeous interior and gardens. Worth a look at the views over Belfast as well
  • Lovely place for walking. But ridiculous unfriendly staff in the restaurant. The drinks and plates with food gets on the table for here you're food. Not nice att all. But the views are very good and nice :). Only the restaurant needs new staff..