Culloden Estate & Spa

We were so excited to visit Culloden Estate and spa and it didn’t disappoint! The palatial surroundings, exquisite decor, fine antiques, and exceptional service combine to give Culloden a unique air of elegance. This beautiful award-winning palace is one of Northern Ireland’s top hotel destinations, overlooking Belfast Lough and set within 12 acres of beautiful gardens. It is one of the most luxurious business hotels in Belfast, with exclusive features such as a Heli-pad and dedicated business reception area with secretarial services. The meetings and events team will design custom events tailored to your requirements to enhance your event and exceed your expectations.

The Culloden Estate and Spa is a luxurious five-star resort hotel in Belfast. Originally a Bishops Palace, the hotel is traditionally elegant while providing every modern amenity expected by their guests.

It is situated just minutes from Belfast City Centre. Set in the leafy suburbs of Belfast it is ideally located for exploring the very best attractions in Northern Ireland. Whether you’re looking for a corporate away day; team building; car launch; gala dinner; incentive trip or exclusive buy out, they have something to suit all occasions.

We grabbed a few minutes to chat with Caitriona Lavery, Group Meetings & Incentives Manager, to find out some more info about this beautiful venue

Address: Bangor Rd, Holywood BT18 0EX
Conference Sales Contact: Caitriona Lavery, Group Meetings & Incentives Manager
Tel: Culloden Estate & Spa 02890421066
Email: [email protected]

There are 4 ways to get from The Culloden Estate and Spa, Belfast to Belfast City Airport (BHD) by train, taxi, town-car or foot. Ferry terminal for Stena Line is very convenient – and within a 10-minute drive of the hotel.

Distance and time from nearest airport: 4.2 miles from Belfast City Airport

Distance and time from nearest railway station: 8.1 miles to the main station in Belfast but Cultra train station is situated at the bottom of the hotel grounds providing easy access to both Belfast and Bangor.

Parking: There are 400 complimentary car parking spaces onsite

Where do coaches drop off / pick up at venue: Convenient coach drop off & pick up at the front door of the Hotel

Culloden is one of the most popular event venues in Northern Ireland, with spaces to accommodate business meetings and events of all types and sizes.

You could spend a morning, afternoon or full day on the Culloden Estate and Spa’s grounds with your clients or work colleagues, taking part in activities ranging from archery, laser clay pigeon shooting and mini-highland games to target golf and It’s a Knockout.

We took time to explore the amazing Art fair which featured a large collection of sculptures comprising of several major attractions throughout the Culloden’s picturesque grounds and interiors.

There's also a helipad plus dedicated business reception area with secretarial services and all public areas are accessible, plus accessible bedrooms and several disabled parking in close proximity to the hotel.

Number of bedrooms: 1 presidential Suite, 13 Suites, 84 Deluxe bedrooms

Bright, spacious, and individually decorated, each of the 98 bedrooms and suites in the Culloden Estate and Spa is comfortable and inviting. The rooms are furnished with a King Koil ‘Cloud Bed’ and luxurious bedlinen 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.

Number of floors: 4

Wi-fi: Complimentary Wi-Fi available throughout the estate and in all bedrooms.

Fitness Gym: There's a fully equipped gym with cardio, free weights, spin bikes, classes for yoga, etc

Spa / Swimming Pool: In 2020 the Spa completed renovation work and the Spa now features both a new linear vitality pool with garden views and a Tylarium, which is a combination of a sauna and steam bath, a larger steam room, including a feature shower, an amenity at the forefront of modern spa design.

Treatment / beauty: the five star Culloden Estate and Spa – Northern Ireland’s premier sanctuary for complete body and mind wellbeing, and an antidote to the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Here you will find an oasis of tranquillity where our 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 in a stress free and calming environment.

Restaurant & Bars:
The Hastings Hotels Group are passionate about food and believe that eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures. They embrace the use of carefully selected local and seasonal quality foods to enable their chefs to prepare and create the most delicious dishes in their kitchens.

The Island of Ireland has a proud heritage of farming and fishing, resulting in an abundance of sensational produce and at Hastings Hotels they strive to give all our guests a true taste of this in everything they serve. When sourcing their food, they look for produce which stands out from the rest – from where it originates, to the way it is produced and for its flavour.

In the Main hotel there is the main Bar called the Lough Bar and the fine dining restaurant Vespers. On the Estate grounds is a traditional Irish Pub called the Cultra Inn- perfect for casual dining:

The Lough Bar, the newest addition to the Culloden Estate and Spa, is the perfect location for guests to relax in luxurious surroundings. Showcasing views from dawn to dusk, the Lough Bar brings together the splendour of the estate’s grounds with the flavours of Northern Ireland. Indulge in homemade scones, served with Irish butter and County Down preserves, or delve into a sharing platter of locally sourced artisan cheeses for lunch. In the evening, indulge in the Bar’s selection of classic cocktails and gins. Then, of course, there’s the Culloden’s artfully curated afternoon tea – an unrivalled selection of cakes, pastries and finger sandwiches served with the finest tea blends.

Vespers is one of the finest restaurants in Northern Ireland. It serves modern Irish Cuisine using only the finest and freshest local ingredients. The décor is gothic grandeur, the food gourmet chic, while waiters ensure your glass never runs empty.

The Cultra Inn is a traditional Irish pub and bistro. Enjoy the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere as you sit by the log fire, take in the stunning views and enjoy a drink or delicious meal with friends. Located in the beautifully landscaped grounds of the Culloden Estate and Spa the Cultra Inn is one of County Down’s finest bars and restaurants. At the Cultra Inn they pride themselves on a wholesome and exciting menu. Using only the freshest locally sourced ingredients, they create memorable dishes that showcase the best of local seasonal produce.

Luxurious Private Dining - Standing high on the slopes of the Holywood Hills, overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim coastline, Culloden Estate and Spa is the perfect location for your private dining and party needs. Culloden Estate and Spa is one of the top hotels in Ireland and has an impressive range of private dining rooms available to cater for a minimum of 10 people to a maximum of 100.

Ailsa Suite - With stunning views of the Culloden Estate and Belfast Lough, the Ailsa Suite is the perfect setting for an intimate private dining space, for client entertaining, family celebrations or an after-conference dinner. This suite can also provide the perfect setting for a drinks reception prior to dining in the Balmoral Suite.

Balmoral Suite - A beautifully modern room with traditional panelling, offering the perfect space for close networking dining events where we can serve the finest in Irish local quality produce within our sumptuous menu ranges. This room is spectacular on its own or paired with the Ailsa Suite.

Drawing Room- The traditionally elegant Drawing Room is a room of spectacular opulence, boasting views across the gardens, Belfast Lough and Antrim coastline. An indulgent setting for a most classical evening or afternoon event.

The Holywood Suite - A most beautiful and exclusive venue for medium-sized client entertaining. From the stunning lounge and private bar with crystal glassware, through to the Terrace perfect for alfresco dining such as enjoying the finest grilled menus & luxury BBQ, or pre-dinner drinks before moving through to the Holywood Room, to enjoy an evening or afternoon of the finest dining, prepared expertly by the award-winning kitchen team

The five-star Culloden Estate and Spa is one of the most luxurious business hotels in Belfast and is the perfect venue for business meetings and corporate events.

The Culloden Estate not only has luxurious conference facilities including, meeting and conference rooms, audiovisual aids, data projectors, screens and microphones but also has 12 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens which are perfect for team building exercises or giving your delegates the opportunity to unwind during your conference.

At Culloden Estate and Spa they understand how important meetings and conferences can be to the success of your business. Their conference and meeting experts will work closely with you to ensure everything is perfect from the beginning to the end of the event. From a large whole-company gathering or international conference to a team brainstorming session or small meeting at the Culloden Estate and Spa they have the staff, space and organisation to make your event a huge success.

Number of meeting rooms: 9
Location of rooms:
Ground/Lower Ground/ Mezz & First
Registration usually done:
Either Holywood Suite Reception or Stuart Suite Reception

Meeting Space Highlights

Holywood Suite
Best use for room: Perfect for Conference, Private dinners and drinks receptions

Natural light: yes
Size: Sq.M 47
Reception: 300
Theatre: 200
Cabaret: 140
Dinner: 170
Location: Lower Ground
AV Equipment included: Video Projector & Screen


Stuart Suite
The Stuart Suite is located on the ground floor, and is one of the largest hotel conference suites in Northern Ireland, and the largest within the Belfast area, suitable for car launches, large conferences, exhibitions, banquets, fashion shows etc. There is a private bar and reception area for Stuart Suite with an amazing private marble atrium entrance direct from the car park, via the Lady Jane Tower, giving a grand sense of arrival.

Best use for room: Conference , car launches, Gala Dinners
Any nice touches: Spectacular Views over Belfast Lough

Natural light: yes
Size: Sq.M: 298
Reception: 10000
Theatre: 800
Cabaret: 480
Dinner: 590
Location: Ground Floor
AV Equipment included: VENUE – Video Projectors, screens, TVs


Robinson Suite
Best use for room: Private dinners, Board Meetings
Any nice touches: Fantastic Views over Belfast Lough

Natural light: yes
Size: Sq.M: 100
Reception: 85
Theatre: 85
Cabaret: 40
Dinner: 40
Location: first floor
AV Equipment included: VENUE – video projector & screen

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