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Cave Hill Country Park

Cave Hill,
Antrim Road/Innisfayle Park junction, BT15 5GR

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.

Access update

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.



Park opening hours

Orangefield Park and Victoria Park are open 24/7. The rest of our parks open at 7.30am and close at the following times throughout the year.

If a park contains a 3G pitch, its gates may remain open while the pitches are booked for play. Users must leave the park promptly after play finishes on the 3G pitches as the park gates will be locked within 15 minutes.

 Date  Closing time 
28 October – 10 November 2019 5pm
11 November – 31 December 2019 4.30pm

Park events

Find out what events we have planned in our parks 

Getting here

You can enter the park at Antrim Road (Bellevue), Ballysillan Road (Carr's Glen), Innisfayle Park (Belfast Castle), Upper Cavehill Road or Upper Hightown Road. Take Metro no.1 A-H (Monday to Saturday) or no.1 C-E or H (Sundays).

Award nomination

Cave Hill Country Park has been awarded the Green Flag Award every year from 2009 to 2019. This award recognises the best open spaces in the UK. 

Other attractions

Enjoy panoramic views across Belfast from vantage points on the hillside. The park's natural attractions include heath and moorland on top of the hill itself, the meadows and Milewater Stream in Carr's Glen Linear Park, the woodlands of Hazelwood and the beautiful surroundings of Belfast Castle Estate. The area is rich in birds and wild plants and land at Ballyhagan and Hazelwood is designated as a local nature reserve.


There are lots of exciting activities planned this summer so you can get active, take in scenery, or just have some time to relax. Find out what's coming up in the next few months.

Walking routes

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Contact us

Contact 028 9031 9629 or 07860 461955 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm only)
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