Northern Ireland’s capital is famous as the birthplace of the RMS Titanic, but there’s plenty more going for this vibrant city, from Georgian architecture to lush green parks and gardens. The city council maintains more than 70 parks and other open spaces, and the city itself is surrounded by hills and mountains. While the weather can be on the rainy side, there’s plenty of stunning natural landscapes to explore, whether you need a break from city life or fancy learning more about Belfast’s native plants and trees. From the Botanic Gardens to a peaceful towpath, see our pick below for some of the best green spaces in Belfast.
The towpath runs almost the entire length of the River Lagan, from the nearby city of Lisburn into the centre of Belfast. This riverside walk is great for any animal lovers, and the river and surrounding areas are home to otters and foxes, as well as many different species of bird, fish and amphibians. The trail is popular with runners and cyclists too, and offers a peaceful way to see a hidden part of the city.
Known as ‘Napoleon’s Nose’ to the locals, this site is said to be the inspiration for Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. There are several vantage points for visitors to enjoy panoramic views of Belfast, and there’s also an adventure playground, archaeological sites, an eco-trail, orienteering routes and gardens.
Established in 1828, this 28-acre public park is located next to Queen’s University, and houses an impressive collection of exotic trees and plants from the southern hemisphere. Visitors can also enjoy an early example of a glasshouse, tropical plants and birds of paradise in the Palm House, some of the oldest seed plants around today in the Tropical Ravine, and plenty of walking routes.
This 75-hectare park runs alongside the River Lagan, so walking enthusiasts could cover the towpath and forest park in one day. The forest contains several historic sites, including the 12th century Norman motte, an ancient ice house, medieval graveyard and arboretum.
Officially opened in 1871, this is the oldest municipal park in Belfast, and contains a range of sporting facilities, including football pitches, two bowling greens, a BMX track and netball, basketball and tennis courts. There are also horticultural displays, seasonal flower beds, specimen trees and a playground.
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