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Europa Hotel
Europa Hotel

Great Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 7AP

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4.3 out of 5 (941 reviews)

Host to world leaders and celebrities, Europa Hotel is in the historic centre of Belfast, next to the Grand Opera House and …

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The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast
The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

Great Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 7HR

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4.6 out of 5 (1,018 reviews)

Located in Belfast Central District, this luxury hotel is steps from Crown Liquor Saloon and Grand Opera House. Ulster Hall …

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Malmaison Belfast
Malmaison Belfast

34-38 Victoria Street, Belfast BT1 3GH

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4.2 out of 5 (300 reviews)

Located in the center of Belfast, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Transport House, Waterfront Hall …

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The Gregory Guest House
The Gregory Guest House

30 Eglantine Avenue, Belfast BT9 6DX

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4.6 out of 5 (119 reviews)

Located in Belfast City Centre, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Queen's University of Belfast and Ulster Museum …

£66
Greenmount Bed & Breakfast
Greenmount Bed & Breakfast

45 Andersonstown Road, Belfast BT11 9AF

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (41 reviews)

Situated in the suburbs, this bed & breakfast is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Grovelands and within 3 mi (5 km) of Queen's University …

£42
Cordia Serviced Apartments
Cordia Serviced Apartments

Lisburn Road,355-367, BELFAST BT9 7EP

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4.6 out of 5 (12 reviews)

Located in Belfast City Centre, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Queens Film Theatre, Queen's University of Belfast, …

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Queens Quarter Apartment
Queens Quarter Apartment

Apartment 6, 27 Wellington Park, Belfast BT9 6DL

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5 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Located in Belfast City Centre, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Queen's University of Belfast, Ulster Museum, an …

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ibis Belfast City Centre
ibis Belfast City Centre

100 Castle Street Northern Ire, Belfast BT1 1HF

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4.1 out of 5 (702 reviews)

Located in Belfast Central District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Castle Court Shopping Centre, Grand Opera House …

£39
Tara Lodge
Tara Lodge

36 Cromwell Road, Belfast BT7 1JW

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4.8 out of 5 (277 reviews)

Located in Belfast City Centre, this romantic guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Queens Film Theatre and Queen's …

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Madison's Hotel
Madison's Hotel

59-63 Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1JL

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3.5 out of 5 (90 reviews)

Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Queens Film Theatre and Queen's University of Belfas …

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Pocket Guide: Belfast Castle Ward Hotels

Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland, located on the floodplain of the River Lagan on the west coast of the country. Over seven million people per year visit Belfast, drawn by an eclectic mix of stunning Georgian and Victorian architecture, ultra-modern art and creative hubs, a legendary nightlife and the chance to experience the famous Irish hospitality at close quarters.

Like many capital cities, Belfast is crowded, noisy and bustling, offering a buzz of excitement and a range of accommodation. From basic but comfortable hostels for backpackers working their way around Europe to romantic inns and lodges for honeymooners and family-run bed and breakfasts, the hotels and inns of Belfast offer every kind of welcome.

Beyond the City

Although the cosmopolitan thrill of the city centre itself is what attracts most people, Belfast is equally attractive as a gateway to the rest of Northern Ireland. Excellent transport links make exploring the surrounding countryside quick and easy, with the drive to your destination often being as pleasurable as the destination itself. Travel less than an hour beyond the city centre itself and you’ll soon find yourself entranced by the tranquil magic of a place like Castle Ward.

Getting to Castle Ward

Castle Ward is located in Strangford, County Down, on a hill overlooking the glittering waters of Strangford Lough. It lies 29 miles south of Belfast city centre and can be reached via the A7 heading south and then the A25 travelling east. If you don’t have access to your own vehicle you can take a bus such as the 515 or 215 from Belfast centre to the village of Downpatrick, from where it is just a short trip to Castle Ward.

Exploring Castle Ward

Castle Ward is an 18th century mansion that combines the classical and gothic architectural styles to stunning and unique effect. The magical atmosphere of the Georgian farmyard and the shores of Strangford Lough create an ambience which is perhaps best underlined by the fact that Castle Ward has been used as one of the backdrops for filming the hit television programme Game of Thrones.

Things to do at Castle Ward

While parents might be happy just to soak up the tranquil atmosphere and stunning beauty of Castle Ward, younger members of the family will doubtless be looking for ways of letting off steam. Rest assured, Castle Ward delivers handsomely on this front as well - 21 miles of trails criss-cross the land surrounding the mansion, offering a multitude of activities. Some of the trails are designed for hiking and walking, while others are built for the use of horses and bicycles.

If that’s not exciting enough, the Clearsky Adventure Centre, on the shore of Strangford Lough, offers the chance to participate in activities as wide ranging as archery, laser clay pigeon shooting and rock climbing. Take to the waters of the Lough and you can try your hand at kayaking, canoeing and raft building.

If that all sounds a bit too exhausting, Castle Ward offers plenty of space to recover, in the form of a stunning sunken garden and the chance to tuck into some delicious homemade snacks in the Coach House tearoom.

After a day spent exploring this unique attraction, you’ll be happy to be able to return to the comfort of your hotel room, just a few miles away in central Belfast.

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