Quality Walk

Belfast Castle Estate

A walk through the woodland and parkland of the Belfast Castle Estate against the dramatic backdrop of Cave Hill.




2.4 miles

OS Map

Sheet 15 & Belfast Street Finder

Nearest Town

Fortwilliam, Belfast

Route Shape


Route Type

Parkland & Grassland


Gravel paths steep hills

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Belfast Castle, Cave Hill, city views

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Other Area

Route Description

From the car park just before Belfast Castle this route follows the blue waymarked “Estate Trail”. Cross the main driveway and take the path that goes down the hill, turning left in front of the castle (outside the security fence). Turn right down past the Adventurous Playground and its car park.

As the main driveway veers to the right, take the small path on the left leading uphill. This will take you past the rear of the Millennium Maze, on the site of the old rose garden. This path will lead you on to another tarmac driveway. Turn left and follow the drive uphill for a short distance. Where the drive veers left, take the gravel path to your right, keeping to the right of the next junction. You will soon come to the Volunteer’s Well on your left with a stream on your right. At the well on your left, continue uphill before taking the second gravel path on your left to begin the descent back towards the castle.

At the next two junctions keep right. Occasionally you will get glimpses of Belfast Castle and the city below through the trees.

This path continues along the back of the castle for some distance, before doubling back on itself and descending on to the main driveway. Turn right and follow the footpath until you reach the main gates to the park.

Watch for traffic as you cross the driveway and take the footpath ahead. This leads back up the hill to the car park, past the sculpture of a peregrine on your right.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Car Park at Belfast Castle signposted off the Antrim Road.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Café (wheelchair accessible) - 12pm - 3pm Mon - Sat
Disabled toilets
Disabled parking


Toilets and cafe in Belfast Castle (basement). Opening hours apply.


A Walk in the Park, and Belfast Castle Estate Walking route leaflet.

Publication Availability

Belfast City Council, Parks Department, 02890320202 Ext. 3199.The Belfast Estate Walking route leaflet is available to download on this webpage.

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