01 of 09
The Feline Protectors on Cave Hill
The Belfast Castle in Ireland, built in 1870, is only 10 minutes from the center of the city just below Cave Hill. The unique garden contains nine cats in the form of sculptures, mosaics, and manicured shrubbery. According to legend, visitors to Belfast Castle will have good fortune as long as there is a cat residing there -- preferably a white one. This myth led to the creation of the Cat Garden, which boasts nine cats for visitors to discover. All are clearly visible, but some are hidden in plain sight. Great for kids and cat lovers, the garden will occupy you for some time.Continue to 2 of 9 below.
02 of 09
Let Sleeping Cats Lie
Visitors to Belfast Castle go on a quest to find nine cats in the Cat Garden. If you need hints to find all nine cats, the reception desk will provide a map of their locations in the garden.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
03 of 09
This Cat Got the Cream!
"Before a Cat will condescend to treat you as a trusted friend, some little token of esteem is needed, like a dish of cream." This plaque in the Cat Garden is in honor of T.S. Eliot's famous poem, "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats."Continue to 4 of 9 below.
04 of 09
Mosaic of a Sitting Cat
Take the hop-on-hop-off bus to the castle; hike up Cave Hill from the castle, then relax in the Cat Garden and search for this mosaic cat.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Snoozing Bronze Cat
This life-sized bronze cat taking a nap is a favorite with children. While visiting the castle, enjoy a snack in the on-site restaurant, The Cellar.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
06 of 09
A White Cat Sat in a Wall
Hidden away a bit, this requisite white cat is charming in its simplicity. The castle is owned by the city of Belfast and the interior of the castle may not always be open to visitors when there are special events. You can even get married here.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
07 of 09
Cat Playing With a Ball of String
This bench is made of fine metalwork of a cat playing with a ball of string. It may be the most elusive of the nine cats in the Cat Garden. Entry to the castle and Cat Garden is free.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
08 of 09
Reclining Cat Mosaic
There seems to be more than a hint of a tiger here in this mosaic of a reclining cat. When visiting the garden, be sure to take in the views of Belfast from the top of Cave Hill behind the castle.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Has This Cat Spotted a Mouse?
When you come across this cat statue, you wonder whether there should also be a mouse to go with it. The Cat Garden is in full bloom in summer, and there is a pretty pond in the center of the garden.