Culloden Hotel

Bangor Road, Holywood, Belfast BT18 0EX
Rooms 78 Suites: 20
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Only 5 miles from Belfast City Centre, Culloden Estate & Spa is one of Northern Ireland's most prestigious 5 star hotels. This historic property is situated on the Holywood Hills overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim coastline. Originally built as the official palace for the Bishops of Down, the Culloden stands on 12 acres of secluded gardens and woodland.

The Palatial interior is elegantly designed and furnished with fine antiques combined with exceptional service to give the guests of the Culloden Estate & Spa a five-star experience. Choose from scrumptious afternoon tea, the exclusive luxury Spa offering a full range of health and leisure facilities or a fine dining experience in the Mitre Restaurant, one of the finest gourmet establishments in Northern Ireland.

Signature Suites

Estate Suites
Unwind in the spacious Estate Suites, each one sumptuously appointed with views of the beautiful hotel estate, including feature sculptures, mature woods, and some Suites benefiting from a Belfast Lough view. “Built for a Bishop, fit for a King...” these words perfectly describe what the palatial surroundings of the Culloden offer to guests, providing extensive accommodation and lounge space, leading to a sense of home, with the added fine luxuries of acclaimed 5* service. Estate Suites are perfect for entertaining, as many contain feature gas fires and dining areas for up to 6 people.

Tower Suites
True luxury, peace and opulence are provided in abundance in our historic Tower Suites, located within the original Palace, built-in 1877. Each of the three Tower Suites has exceptional views of the Estate and Belfast Lough, providing uninterrupted and elevated views beyond the period style sash windows that naturally flood the room with daylight. Ideally positioned for viewing the sunset across Belfast Lough, towards Cavehill, these rooms truly offer a unique sense of peace and calm. Double height ceilings, original plaster cornice design, and fine Irish fabrics, these rooms are the epitome of luxury, not only in design but in every sense.

Palace Suite
This wonderful suite enjoys the luxurious feel of a Bishop’s Palace - space, design, amenities, grandeur and laid back luxury. Located in the garden wing of the hotel, offering breath-taking views of the manicured gardens and Belfast Lough. Exquisitely designed using subtle purple, greens, and gold, accented with touches of marble, luxurious carpets, velvets and soft furnishings, completed by bespoke artwork, this is without a doubt, a Presidential Suite. In addition to the suite’s large bedroom, there is the option to interconnect with a luxury Garden Room for the requirements of a two-bedroom suite. The Palace Suite offers a spacious and separate living room with HD TV, a large antique dining table for up to 8 guests and a balcony with room for entertaining which overlooks Belfast Lough and onto Cavehill said to be the inspiration behind Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.


  • Signature Suites
  • 24 Hour Room/Butler Service
  • Super Conference (over 400 guests)
  • Airport Hotel (within 5km)
  • Signature Spa
  • Heated Swimming Pool
  • Wedding and Events
  • Close to Beach
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Helipad
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  • 5-Star Hotel Features
  • Originally built as a palace
  • 12 acres of Gardens & Woodland
  • 10 mins from Belfast City Centre
  • 5 star Vespers Restaurant
  • Named best hotel for romance 2020
  • Named the number one UK Spa 2020
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September 2021
The most fantastic night away for my birthday. The staff went above and beyond to make our stay memorable. We had dinner in the Cultra Inn; the food was great but a few more vegetarian choices would be nice. Great selection of drinks to choose from. The spa was lovely and relaxing. Beautiful grounds to have a walk around. Breakfast was excellent; lots of choice! Would definitely go back!
August 2021
While on a business trip I used this hotel for several days. Quite honestly it was a pleasure to stay there. The staff were most pleasant and courteous throughout. The rooms were excellent, clean and quiet. The hotel facilities were perfect throughout my stay. Hope to stay again one day soon.
Kach Howe
February 2021
This hotel is just 5 miles away from the city, few minutes – drive to the airports and fantastic beaches. Without a doubt, it is a perfect place if you want to escape the busy city life but without going deep down into the woods.
Jekaterina Zincenko
October 2020
We had our wedding last week at the Culloden Hotel and it was just amazing. The staff was extremely helpful organising the whole event. A special thanks to Jenny, Jill and Michael, you guys went an extra mile to make us feel comfy and relaxed. We had no issues with anything at all. I highly recommend the place and looking forward to coming back next year on our anniversary
August - 2019
"Sunday Break"
Arrived a little early but the room was ready - and what a room !!! We were in a junior suite and it was stunning. Luxurious double bed, 2 flat screen TVs, coffee making machine, trouser press.Iron and ironing board, radio It was in excellent repair and was so lovely. Bathroom was very spacious and in good order. Spa and gym were excellent and we spent a couple of hours there on Sunday and Monday before check out. You can use the gym and spa up to 3pm on the day of departure, apparently.. Breakfast was top class and staff were quick with tea and coffee and anything else requested.Nothing was too much trouble. The weather was fine so a walk around the grounds was very pleasant. Staff were pleasant and welcoming and a special mention to Joel. We were given a complimentary drink in the bar which was a nice touch. The hotel is first class in my experience.
August - 2019
"The Best of Ireland"
A fantastic experience: The accommodation and grounds were superb, the staff helpful and friendly. There are two restaurants, one "Vespers" is in the main hotel, the other is the "Cultra Inn", which is a separate building in the main grounds (Please note: Its a tidy walk for anyone with a disability, plus there are steps; an alternative is to request the hotel car, which is what we did).

We used "Vespers" for breakfast (we had no issues other than there seemed a lack of staff). The "Cultra Inn" was relaxed and the staff made you feel welcome.
Gratuities are not include on the bill, nor can they be added on your credit card. this is not a problem for me as I prefer to tip the person, rather han the hotel.
Emanuel CovasaIreland
August - 2019
"Amazing views!"
I chose Culloden as a surprise get away to celebrate our anniversary. Both me and my wife were impressed by the hotel, staff and the amazing views, also there is a impressive collection of sculptures on the grounds of the estate.
Amazing experience.
August - 2019
"Fantastic Fantastic Fantastic"
This one has to be one of our highly recommended destinations. We took this trip to Ireland as a late Anniversary weekend getaway and we weren't disappoint. Less than an hour flight from Doncaster Airport and 10mins from Belfast city airport. The hotel managment and staff went out of there way to make our stay a romantic one. The room was what you would expect from a premium spa hotel and the food in Vespers restaurant was out of this. The best steak I have ever tasted. All I can says is this is a must visit. Well done guys, we will be back.
Ps. They have sockets by the bed with a USB charging point. Full marks
January 2018
"Fabulous Stay"
I recently stayed at the Culloden Estate and Spa to celebrate my mums birthday and i couldn't have wished for anything better from reservation stage to check out everything was perfect.
Rachel helped make reservations for treatments and was very welcoming when we arrived.
Chris who took me for my massage was excellent felt like a new women leaving. Laura looked after my stepdad and he said it was the best massage he ever had. Mum cant remember the name of her therapist but said the treatment was excellent. would highly recommend booking treatments.
Sam, Michael and Ben in the Cultra were excellent as well and made my mum feel really special.
Reception staff, housekeeping staff and the breakfast staff were all excellent and very friendly.
Already looking forward to my next stay
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