Belfast Castle:  A 12th Century Icon of Northern Ireland Culture and Tradition

As the name suggest, Belfast Castle can be found in Northern Ireland in Ulster Province's Antrim County. Although Belfast Castle is part of Northern Ireland, it is less than two hours from Dublin Airport by car.

Belfast Castle

You'll head north on the A1 for about an hour, and then you'll cross the national border into Northern Ireland, following the M1 for about 45 minutes before turning onto Lansdowne Road right to the castle's parking lot.

Things to Know About Belfast Castle

Arguably one of the best-known castles in Ireland is Belfast Castle, built by the Normans in the late 12th century.

The castle is an iconic symbol of the city of Belfast and of County Antrim, and it is referenced in local art, pop culture and song.

Today, the castle is often used for events and weddings, but visitors can also stop by for a meal at the onsite restaurant, tour the visitor's center and pick up some unique souvenirs from the antiques shop located right in Belfast Castle.

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