You really can’t miss Cave Hill when you’re in Belfast. All you have to do is face north and you’ll see it overlooking the town!
Cave Hill forms part of the northern skyline in Belfast city and and if you really want to get a bird’s eye view of the city, it’s the place to go as its about 1,200 feet above sea level, so it offers incredible views! On a clear day it’s said that you can actually see the Isle of Mann and Scotland!
There are three caves located within the hill, but they are man-made as they were originally cut out for iron-mines. At the summit of the hill you’ll see a great example of an old ring fort called McArt’s Fort!
The hill was formed about 65 million years ago from lava eruptions which continue for millions of years.
Cavehill Country Park covers 750 acres of land on the hill. There’s lots of moorland and woodlands which is a haven for wildlife. You might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of wild Irish animals like the squirrels, rabbits, badgers, bats, foxes, hedgehogs and all different types of birds.
There are lots of walks to enjoy on the hill. They range from half hours walks to two hour walks which can be both climbs or walks on pathways.
Belfast Zoo is also located on the slopes of Cave Hill and houses up to 1200 animals.
Another major attraction on Cave Hill is Belfast Castle, a superb Norman Castle which was built during the 12th century
The best way to get to Cave Hill is to get the Metro 1 bus north. You can get this bus from near the City Hall on Antrim Road. You can either get off at the first stop after the Lansdowne Hotel or stay on the bus and get off at Belfast Zoo.
Hope you enjoy your visit to Cave Hill in Belfast! If you’ve been here why not leave a comment and let us know what you thought of it!
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