Castlereagh is in eastern Northern Ireland. The name Castlereagh is a version of the phrase 'Caislean Riabhach' which means 'the grey castle.' It is a place of Belfast suburbs, other towns such as Carryduff or Dundonald and ancient structures, historical churches, farmland, golf and more.
Dundonald Touring Caravan Park
This camping and caravan site rates 4 stars with the Ireland Tourist Board, a significant sign of a well-planned camper’s area, and, is only a short 4 mile drive from the heart of Belfast. There are tent pitches so you don't have to afford a caravan to camp here as well as electric power, water and hook-ups for waste. If you don't already know what a hook-up for waste is, it is a sewer hook-up for your caravan's facilities or your portable potty where you can dispose of your sewerage. The caravan/camping site additionally has free hot showers for guests, a laundry, dishwashing facilities and near proximity to the town of Dundonald where you can shop, eat out or hire a doctor. To use the campground you have to intend to camp sometime between April 1st and October 31st which is actually a generous time span for a camping facility to be found open.
Castlereagh Hills Golf Club
The local golf course, Castlereagh Hills Golf Club, provides golfing fun for all levels of expertise, from easy to challenging, and you will be satisfied with a round of golf at this club. The Club will entertain corporate groups or special societies as well as individual golfers. Find stone bridges, tranquil water and wide tracts of parkland as you play around the golf course and be delighted.
Dundonald Leisure Park
Several places of interest make up the Dundonald Leisure Park, whether you are talking about the Caravan Park, the Ice Bowl, the Golf Club, adventure golf or the large cinema complex there is something for every taste and every skill level.
Dundonald International Ice Bowl
Many fun activities, from Xtreme Bowling, with special lighting and musical entertainment, or Indiana Land, with loads of indoor play to enjoy, to, ice skating or a handy sport themed diner, entertain, thrill and even educate children and others who willing to join in.
The Streamvale Open Farm
Not that unusual in Northern Ireland, a dairy farm, this one called the Streamvale Open Farm, a dairy farm that lets you tend the animals in realistic ways just like the farmer does it by bottle feeding, by cuddling and just about any kind of loving you can muster. The Streamvale Open Farm also has pony riding, duck feeding, tractor rides, deer feeding, milking lessons and a straw bounce. You can also witness the making of ice cream. For even more adventure and excitement try out the zipline or the Trailblazer Climbing Course.
The Old Motte
The word 'motte' is many times confused with the word 'moat' yet the words carry two substantially different meanings. The 'motte' of a castle or any other structure is the mound of dirt it is built upon and akin to the moat as it is useful in barricading the structure from enemies because a motte usually is built together with a bailey, the bailey being an enclosed courtyard, and this area is further encircled by a ditch. The Old Motte of Dundonald is formally the "Fort of Donal" and is centrally located within the village. The word 'Dundonald" is derived from the Fort's name.
The Parish Church of St. Elizabeth
An olden church, dating back to 1306, the Parish Church of St. Elizabeth includes a special graveyard with Doric mausoleums, intricately carved gravestones that were fashioned from slate and it shares its location with The Fort of Donal.
Stormont is the local name for the Parliament buildings. These are located in Stormont, Belfast. These buildings were owned, maintained and used by the previous Parliament of Northern Ireland that reigned here until March 30th 1972. Stormont House, the headquarters of the Parliament buildings was where the Speaker of the House of Commons lived. Stormont Castle is a real castle and was the Prime Minister's residence. It is now used for meetings by the Northern Ireland Executive.
The Kempe Stones
Large stones create a fairly large tomb where bones were discovered hiding and certain Neolithic features are evidenced. This is thought to be a soldier grave site because kempe means soldier. Beneath the stones is a large, lengthwise, burial chamber. This tomb is an unusual find and deserves a visit when touring the area.
Shops, supermarkets, a library and the Eason, Irish stationery and book shop, as well some housing developments are in Carryduff. Also, there are restaurants including an Indian one and the Lough Moss Leisure Centre which offers a dance studio, steam room, sauna, squash courts, an all-weather synthetic pitch and more. There are also swimming lessons for children and adults at the Centre.
Places to Stay
La Mon Hotel is favored for its cleanliness while Stormont Hotel has facilities especially for weddings and other special occasions. When in Castlereagh you are also only a few minutes from the large metropolis city of Belfast so if you need a place to stay and the local hotels are booked solid in Dundonald or Carryduff, you can investigate here. Promising choices include Beechlawn House Hotel with country charm suites or the Linen House Hostel with the best prices around for sleeping over, and you can always choose from any of the well-known hotel chains such as Hilton, Park Avenue, Ramada or Holiday Inn.