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Welcome to Belfast Castle, a striking former home perched atop the rolling green hills of Cavehill County Park.
When you tour Belfast Castle, you’ll learn that the structure is actually the third castle to bear that moniker. The original Belfast Castle was constructed by the Normans in the 12th century; Sir Arthur Chichester built a replacement over its bones in the 1600s. That building burned down in 1708, and this version did not begin construction until 1811. It took over 60 years to finish the third incarnation of Belfast Castle, with the final bricks being laid in 1870.
Anyone sightseeing at Belfast Castle will notice its striking sandstone walls, which give the castle its distinctive reddish-brown hue. Meander through the quiet, peaceful gardens, and stop to snap some photos of downtown Belfast and the stunning Belfast Lough. Enjoy a meal at the restaurant, or just share a quiet cup of tea with some traveling companions.
After a day of tourism at Belfast Castle, head into Belfast proper for a pint at a pub, or wander through the art collections at Ulster Museum. Don’t forget to spend a few hours in the Botanic Gardens, which are sure to dazzle you.
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