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Culloden Estate and Spa

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom & Ireland


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Luxury Holidays At Culloden Estate and Spa

Originally built in 1876 as an official palace for the Bishops of Down, Culloden Estate and Spa nestles within twelve acres of gardens and woodland, located high on the slopes of the Holywood Hills overlooking Belfast Lough and the Country Antrim Coastline. Despite its wonderfully rural feel, the estate is just a ten-minute drive from the bustle of Belfast. One of the most acclaimed luxury hotels in Northern Ireland, Culloden celebrates its rich heritage through ornate decor, plush furnishings, fine antiques, imposing staircases and elegant drawing rooms, while still offering all the modern amenities you may need for a luxurious stay. Two restaurants celebrate Northern Irish produce, the elegant bar serves cocktails with views of the lough, while the serene Spa at Culloden offers a variety of treatments from luxury brand ESPA.

  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: A magnificent former palace overlooking Belfast Lough
  • Feature: A serene wellness centre offering luxury ESPA treatments
  • Rooms: 98 rooms and suites
  • Nearest airport: Belfast International Airport
Location and transfer

Culloden Estate and Spa sits atop the Holywood Hills overlooking the Belfast Lough, approximately 10 minutes from Belfast city centre and 30 minutes from Belfast International Airport by road.


Traditional yet tasteful, guest rooms and suites each feature a comfortable king-sized King Koil ‘cloud bed’, plush armchair and dedicated working area. Amenities include a large flat screen HD television, iPod docking station, direct-dial telephone, in-room safe, tea and coffee making facilities, and luxury bathrobes and slippers. Stylish grey marble bathrooms feature deep soaking tubs, power rainfall showers and luxury ESPA toiletries.

   Executive Room:expand_more
  • Room View: Belfast Lough or estate gardens
  • Facilities: These recently refurbished rooms boast brilliant views, a plush king bed, a desk area and marble en suite.
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  • Room View: Belfast Lough or estate gardens
  • Facilities: Individually appointed, Junior Suites vary in style – some boasting traditional features and others, more contemporary. Each features a king bed, large sitting area, huge television and marble bathroom with glass enclosed showers and deep soaking tub.
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  • Room View: Belfast Lough or estate gardens
  • Facilities: Wonderfully spacious and with great views over the gardens or lough, State Suites feature a king bedroom and marble bathroom, as well as a relaxation area with Nespresso coffee machine, some also featuring a dining area.
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  • Room View: Belfast Lough and estate gardens
  • Facilities: Utterly luxurious and channelling the splendour of a Bishop’s Palace, the Palace Suite is located in the hotel’s Garden Wing. Interiors combine purple, green and gold colours, as well as flaunting luxurious marble, plush velvet and bespoke artwork. A king bedroom is joined by a spacious living room and dining table for up to eight guests. The Palace Suite can be connected to an Executive Room to create a two-bedroom suite.

There are various dining options at Culloden, each one focusing on using fresh local produce and high-quality ingredients. Room service is available 24-hours.

  • Cuisine: Fine dining, modern Irish cuisine using the finest, freshest local ingredients
  • Setting: A grand, gothic-style restaurant
  • Dress Code: Smart casual
  • Children's Menu: Yes
  • Vegetarian Option: Yes
  • Reservation Required: Yes
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  • Cuisine: Traditional Irish pub and bistro food created using local ingredients
  • Setting: A welcoming, relaxed pub with a log fire and fantastic views over the gardens
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Children's Menu: Yes
  • Vegetarian Option: Yes
  • Reservation Required: No
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City Highlights

While superbly serene and offering a real rural feel, Culloden is just six miles from the centre of Belfast, a city that offers world-class museums, a diverse art scene and plenty more to discover. A highlight of any visit is the Titanic Belfast. Located on the slipways where RMS Titanic was constructed, the experience features nine galleries spread across six floors mirroring the height of Titanic, as well as interactive exhibitions, an underwater cinema and gantry rides.

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Spa Breaks

In keeping with the serenity of its surroundings, the Spa at Culloden is an oasis of calm in which you can rejuvenate with a range of ESPA treatments that combine advanced techniques with ancient therapies, using essential oils and nourishing products. As well as the luxurious treatment suites, the spa features relaxation rooms, a range of heat experiences and a sunken swimming pool. The hotel also houses an expansive gym with the latest equipment, as well as a studio for yoga and Pilates.

In Addition

While within easy reach of the city, Culloden also enjoys a range of other delights on its doorstep, including many of the sites used for the backdrop of epic HBO saga Game of Thrones. Visit Castle Ward, perhaps better recognised as Winterfell, the ancestral castle of the Stark family in the record-breaking series.


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