The Experience

Culloden Estate

Standing high on the wooded slopes of the Holywood hills, overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim coastline, is the magnificent Culloden Estate and Spa, Northern Ireland’s most prestigious 5 star hotel.

Originally built as an official palace for the Bishops of Down, the Culloden stands in 12 acres of beautiful secluded gardens and woodland and is only 5 miles from Belfast City Centre.  Palatial surroundings, fine antiques and the highest levels of personal service combine to give the Culloden a unique air of elegance. The exclusive Spa offers a full range of health and leisure facilities, and a full range of ESPA spa therapies, whilst golfing enthusiasts can enjoy privileged tee-off times at Royal Belfast Golf Club. Enjoy fine dining in the AA rosette winning Mitre Restaurant or for a more informal meal try the Cultra Inn, within the estate.

The hotel is perfectly situated on the south coast of Belfast Lough with views across the lough to County Antrim – nestled in 12 acres of private gardens amongst the Holywood Hills.  There are excellent transportation links and there is a train station right beside the hotel with a direct link to Belfast Central Station.

Bedrooms & Suites

“To sleep is to dream” and where better to sleep than in the 5 Star Culloden Estate and Spa’s dreamlike setting, with its superbly appointed suites, which are quite simply the last word in luxury and good taste.  As you would expect from a hotel of perfection and prestige, each of the 79 guest bedrooms and suites are exquisitely decorated and tastefully furnished to provide a true feeling of calm andrelaxation. Many of the rooms have wonderful views over the hotel gardens and down towards Belfast Lough.

Please Note: The Culloden Estate & Spa is strictly a NON SMOKING Hotel, this includes all bedrooms.

Accommodation Breakdown:

38 Double Bedrooms

25 Twin Bedrooms

9 State Suites

6 Junior Suites

1 Palace Presidential Suite

If it’s sheer unadulterated luxury you require, then the magnificent Palace Suite is the choice for you. It has an excellent range of facilities, including a deluxe marble bathroom, and separate dining room and lounge area – ideal for those exclusive, private dinner parties! Many famous guests have stayed in the Palace Suite, including the boys from Westlife, Ronan Keating, Lionel Ritchie, Billy Connelly, Tom Jones, Tony Blair, Cliff Richard, Robbie Williams, Ainsley Harriot, Alan Whicker, John Major, Lloyd Grossman, Ben Elton and Bono from U2 to name but a few!


The Mitre Restaurant remains one of the finest restaurants in Northern Ireland where guests enjoy food prepared by Paul McKnight, one of the country’s leading chefs. It has received many coveted accolades, including an AA Rosette. With an air of gothic elegance, the Mitre Restaurant is the most tranquil area to enjoy a varied menu.

There is a wide choice available on the Table d’hote menu and you can be sure of fresh Irish produce and the flair and talent of our chefs to create the finest of dishes. Diners can enjoy music from our resident pianist on Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as Sunday lunchtimes.

Guests can also enjoy a more informal meal or drink in the Cultra Inn set in the hotel gardens. The Cultra Inn has an airy yet relaxing atmosphere and is renowned for serving some of the most satisfying and wholesome food in the area – perfect for a tasty lunch or pint by the fireside.

The Spa at the 5 star Culloden Estate and Spa is one of Northern Ireland’s premier Health Clubs, and is a place where you can achieve inner peace and outer perfection.  Both hotel guests and Club members can relax and unwind in the airy surroundings, and take full advantage of the wide range of health and leisure activities on offer. The Spa Health Club offers a full range of facilities, including a deck level swimming pool, Jacuzzi, marble steam room and needle shower, a state-of-the-art fitness suite with cardio-theatre, fitness consultation clinic, dance studio, Zest Juice Bar and deluxe changing suites furnished with ESPA toiletries.  The recently extended and refurbished Spa area incorporates eight treatment rooms and two dedicated relaxation suites.

With its fitness suite, heat and water experiences and modern treatments, it’s a place where you can improve the body, and indulge the senses.  All hotel residents have full access to the facilities of the Spa Health Club on a complimentary basis during their stay. Spa treatments are available at the rates shown in the Spa Treatment Portfolio. Advance booking for treatments is recommended.

Local Attractions

With all its tranquil opulence, you could be forgiven for thinking the Culloden is a rural retreat, yet it is just minutes from Belfast’s bustling City centre. Minutes too from endless beaches, lush woodlands, championship golf, horse riding and sailing. The Culloden Estate and Spa is also convenient to many of Northern Ireland’s best city and country attractions.

First stop must be next door at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum which recreates Northern Irish life as it was a century ago. Historic houses, schools, churches and mills have been brought here and faithfully restored. Visit a typical village and chat to the friendly “residents” as they cook soda bread on an open fire, weave linen or make candles.

The Transport Museum houses Ireland’s finest collection of vintage vehicles, an amazing and eclectic collection of trams, cars, bicycles, buses and aircraft – all in mint condition !

The nearby town of Holywood, only 5 minutes from the hotel, is a treasure trove of unique boutiques, craft and antique shops. A few miles further takes you to Mount Stewart, a National Trust property famous for its glorious gardens and ranked among the top five gardens in Ireland. Or spend an afternoon in the vibrant seaside town of Bangor, again only 10 minutes from the Culloden.

The Culloden is only ten minutes from the shops, restaurants and visitor attractions of Belfast City centre. Stay on after dark and discover the nightlife, theatre and lively music scene the city is known for!

The Culloden is also within pitching distance of many fine parkland golf courses, the most renowned of which is Royal Belfast.  Guests can enjoy privileged tee-off times and the hotel’s concierge can make the necessary arrangements.

The quietly imposing Culloden Estate & Spa sits atop the Holywood Hills, overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim coastline. This is, quite simply, the most prestigious hotel in Northern Ireland. After all, the house was originally built as the official palace for the Bishops of County Down; today, a decidedly regal atmosphere, brimming with antiques, original artworks and sumptuous accommodations, welcomes world travelers. Diversions include a full-service ESPA spa, privileged tee times at Royal Belfast Golf Club (the oldest in Ireland) and gourmet dining in the award-winning Mitre Restaurant.
Visit “Titanic Belfast” and take a tour of the Titanic Quarter to see the drawing rooms where the ship was designed and the actual slipway from which she set sail.Distance from Belfast Airport (BFS): 22 mi/35 km Guests Receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
    • served in restaurant
  • Complimentary Tea for two, once during stay
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability


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