5 Star Hotels Accommodation Northern Ireland UK

Culloden Estate & Spa, Northern Ireland


Standing high on the slopes of the Holywood Hills, overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim Coastline, is the magnificent Culloden Estate and Spa, the most prestigious luxury five star hotel in Northern Ireland. Originally built as an official palace for the Bishops of Down, the Culloden stands in 12 acres of beautiful secluded gardens and woodland. Palatial surroundings, exquisite decor, fine antiques and exceptional service combine to give the Culloden Estate and Spa a unique air of elegance.

With all its tranquil opulence you could be forgiven for thinking the Culloden is a rural retreat, however, this beautiful property has the added advantage of being just 10 minutes from Belfast City centre and is conveniently located to many of Northern Ireland’s major visitor attractions.


Holywood, Northern Ireland

Ideal For

Couples, groups of friends, spa breaks, weddings and celebrations, gourmet getaways.



Today the Culloden Estate and Spa is one of the finest and most distinguished five star hotels in Northern Ireland, but not everyone is aware that this majestic Gothic mansion is steeped in history.

The Culloden was built in 1876 by Mr William Auchinleck Robinson, JP and former MP. It took two and a half years to complete, and most of the stone came from Scotland by boat, arriving in the County Down fishing village of Portaferry and being brought to the site by horse and cart.
Originally a Bishops Palace, the hotel is traditionally elegant while providing every modern amenity expected by guests.

Rooms and Suites

Bright, spacious and individually decorated, each of the 98 bedrooms and suites in the Culloden Estate and Spa is comfortable and inviting. All rooms are furnished with a King Koil ‘Cloud Bed’ and luxurious bed-linen to ensure a good night’s sleep. After a restful night, guests can wake up to wonderful views over the hotel gardens and down towards Belfast Lough.

Food and Drink

At Culloden Estate and Spa they are passionate about serving delicious, high quality food and therefore only use the finest local produce, all carefully selected by their team of Chefs.

Whether it is a traditional Afternoon Tea, light lunch, or fabulous fine dining experience, the staff here will be welcoming and wait on your every need whilst you relax and enjoy the exquisitely prepared and beautifully presented food – truly five star hotel dining in Belfast at its best.

Other Facilities

As one of the best hotels of the island of Ireland, Culloden Estate and Spa is the perfect choice of venue for all those special occasions. From birthday parties to graduation dinners, christening celebrations to funeral receptions. Our friendly and professional events team has a wealth of experience in planning events of all sizes and we can tailor our packages to meet guests needs.There are a range of tastefully decorated private dining rooms which can welcome groups from 10 people to 100 and award-winning chefs will provide guests with a menu to suit budget and tastes.

Here you will also find an oasis of tranquillity where ESPA treatments fuse advanced techniques with ancient therapies to deliver the finest modern holistic therapeutic experiences in the world. Aromatic and pure essential oils work in harmony with powerful plant extracts and deeply nourishing marine elements to create a collection of treatments and products that are both calming and luxurious. With luxurious treatment suites, relaxation rooms, swimming pool, a range of heat experiences and an extensive selection of therapies on offer, the Spa at Culloden offers the perfect haven to enjoy some time out and pampering.

Nearby Attractions

Titanic Belfast is a ‘must see’ visit when you stay at the Culloden Estate and Spa in Belfast. Located only 10 minutes from the Hotel this award-winning tourist attraction is in monument to Belfast’s maritime heritage on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard in the city’s Titanic Quarter.
Titanic Belfast has become the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland and one of the top attractions in the world and has welcomed millions of visitors through its doors since opening in 2012.

The Belfast Waterfront Hall is an award-winning, purpose-built conference, arts and entertainment centre. Located just 15 minutes from the Culloden Estate and Spa the Waterfront hosts some of Northern Ireland’s biggest events and concerts.

Belfast Waterfront Hall has welcomed more than five million visitors, staged more than 3,000 entertainment events and hosted more than 2,000 conferences since it opened in 1997. It is now one of the world’s leading conference centres and is a top destination for national and international performers.

Whilst the hugely popular Game of Thrones TV series, adapted from George Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels, is filmed all over Europe, many of the key locations are based in Northern Ireland just a car journey away from the Culloden Estate and Spa. Winterfell Castle & Demesne, located just 40 minutes from Belfast, was used extensively for the filming of George RR Martin’s epic adaption of Game of Thrones® novels. When you first arrive onto the grounds you soon realise why the HBO® location scouts chose Old Castle Ward; the sprawling medieval walls and imposing castle tower gate, the beautiful surrounding landscapes and far-reaching views across the lough; it was the perfect place to create Winterfell – home of the Stark family.

Prices From

£153 on a B&B basis

Transport Links

Approximately 7 minutes by car from Belfast City Airport and 35 minutes from Belfast International Airport.

Contact Information

Website: www.hastingshotels.com

Address: Bangor Rd, Holywood BT18 0EX