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District Electoral Area
Castle Wards.png
Map showing Castle wards within Belfast
Area 19 km2 (7.3 sq mi)
Population 28,290 (2008 Estimate)
• Density 1,489/km2 (3,860/sq mi)
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament
  • Belfast North
NI Assembly
  • North Belfast
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Northern Ireland

Castle is one of the ten district electoral areas in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Located in the north of the city, the district elects six members to Belfast City Council and contains the wards of Bellevue, Cavehill, Chichester Park, Duncairn, Fortwilliam and Innisfayle. Castle, along with Oldpark district and parts of the Court district and Newtownabbey Borough Council, forms the Belfast North constituency for the Northern Ireland Assembly and UK Parliament. The district is bounded to the east by the Victoria Channel, to the north by Newtownabbey Borough Council and Belfast Lough, to the south by North Street and to the west by the Cavehill Road.

The district takes its name from the current Belfast Castle, which is located on Cave Hill in the north of the district, while the southern section of the district is part of the city centre and forms one of Belfast's main cultural areas, known as the Cathedral Quarter. The east of the area also contains the Port of Belfast. Castle is served by the M2 and M5 motorways and the Yorkgate railway station.

Castle is one of the most mixed areas in the city, with just over half of the district's population being Protestant at the 2001 Census. This has resulted in the construction of a number of peace lines, for example along the Whitewell Road.


Castle was created for the 1985 local elections. All six wards came from the former Area H, with only the Cliftonville ward and northern section of the Waterworks ward omitted from the new district. One of the district's six wards, Castleview, was renamed Innisfayle in 2014.



  • Seaview, Crusaders F.C. home ground
  • Skegoneill Avenue, Brantwood F.C. home ground


  • Castle High School
  • Dominican College
  • Hazelwood College
  • Seaview Primary School
  • St Patrick's College
  • University of Ulster, Belfast Campus


Map Ward Population
(2011 Census)
Catholic Protestant Other No Religion Area Density NI Assembly UK Parliament Ref
1 Bellevue 4,910 63.7% 29.3% 1.1% 6% 2.96 km2 1,659/km2 Belfast North Belfast North
2 Castleview 4,722 38.1% 54.2% 1.2% 6.5% 1.41 km2 3,349/km2 Belfast North Belfast North
3 Cavehill 4,820 57.1% 37.7% 0.9% 4.3% 3.41 km2 1,413/km2 Belfast North Belfast North
4 Chichester Park 5,452 74.3% 17.2% 1.6% 6.9% 0.95 km2 5,739/km2 Belfast North Belfast North
5 Duncairn 4,901 23.6% 63.9% 2.2% 10.3 9.24 km2 530/km2 Belfast North Belfast North
6 Fortwilliam 4,561 41.3% 50.3% 1.2% 7.2% 1.03 km2 4,428/km2 Belfast North Belfast North
Castle 29,366 50.3% 41.5% 1.4% 6.9% 19 km2 1,546/km2

2011 Elections

Belfast (013), October 2009
Albert Memorial Clock, Custom House Square
See also: Results of elections in 2011; 2005; 2001; 1997; 1993; 1989 and 1985.
Belfast City Council elections, 2011
Party Candidate 1st Pref
Democratic Unionist Lydia Patterson 1,489
Sinn Féin Tierna Cunningham 1,377
Social Democratic and Labour Pat Convery 1,367
Sinn Féin Mary Campbell 1,293
Ulster Unionist David Browne 1,181
Democratic Unionist Guy Spence 946
Social Democratic and Labour Cathal Mullaghan 883
Alliance David McKechnie 689
Democratic Unionist Lee Reynolds 629
[[Workers' Party of Ireland|Template:Workers' Party of Ireland/meta/shortname]] John Lavery 170
Turnout 10,024
Sinn Féin gain from Social Democratic and Labour

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