I found an opening, and of course I had to explore…
I looked over the wall
The sunshine was very sparing with her servings. I could have photo-shopped the pictures, but you want to see Ireland as we do on a daily basis. In the foreground in Country Antrim overlooking the M2 Motorway leading to Belfast. The waterway is Belfast Lough and the land on the far side is County Down.
The side of the building from the grounds
The back of the building facing the Lough
Belfast Castle estate is situated on the lower slopes of Cave Hill Country Park in north Belfast. The Castle was built by the 3rd Marquis of Donegal between 1811 to 1870. It was designed in the Scottish baronial style by Charles Lanyon and his son. The original Belfast Castle, built in the late 12th century by the Normans, was located in the town itself, in the area of the ‘entries’ that we covered in recent weeks.
I love the steps
The castle was presented to the City of Belfast in 1934. In 1978, Belfast City Council carried out a major refurbishment over a period of years. The building officially re-opened to the public in 1988.
View from the balcony
The other side
The gardens hold a surprise and I will return to tell you about it tomorrow.