Today we went to Belfast Castle which is about 5 miles north of us. It is located on Cave Hill 400 feet above sea level. The first Belfast Castle was built by the Normans in 1611 by Sir Arthur Chichester, a Baron of Belfast. It was burned down almost 100 years later. In 1862 the 3rd Marquis of Donegall decided to build a new residence on the slopes of Cave Hill. The Castle was completed in 1870 and then in 1937 the Lord Mayor gave the castle and estate to the city of Belfast. It is now used for wedding receptions, dances, and afternoon teas. There are three hikes around Cave Hill. One which takes you to the top of the hill that overlooks all of Belfast. I hope we get a chance to make that hike before we leave. I will let the pictures speak for themselves.