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. The park features live stock, picnic areas, woodland ares and species rich greenland.
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.
Please note that improvement works are ongoing to the pathway in Cave Hill Country Park, from McArts Fort to the steps at the top of Hazelwood. Works are scheduled to last until Christmas.
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.
Caution: Cattle grazing in Cave Hill Country Park.
- Please keep to pathways
- Do not approach cattle
- Avoid getting between animals and their young
- Keep dogs on a short lead
- If cattle approach let your dog off the lead
- Please report any damage to fences
To report damage please call 028 9032 0202 (office hours) or 028 9027 0275 (outside office hours)
In an emergency, dial 999.
Report antisocial behaviour by calling 028 9050 0515.