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Ormeau Park
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Ormeau Park

Ormeau Park is Belfast's first public park, which opened on 15 April 1871. The park, which overlooks the River Lagan, plays host to a variety of flora and fauna and many places of historical interest.

CountyDownDistance1.2 miles
Nearest TownBelfastOS Map15
Route TypeParkland and GrasslandRoute ShapeCircular
AONBOther AreaGrid Ref (Start)J350733
Public RoadsOff Public RoadGrid Ref (End)J350733


Surfaced paths with some hills and slopes

Point of Interest

Look out for:
The Superintendent’s house, a Victorian House built for the park’s superintendent, who originally lived on the property. This house is still clearly visible and sits within its own garden.
The bell, which looks somewhat out of place in one of the flower beds, was once rung to indicate to the public the park’s closing time.
A great variety of wildlife in a city park; migrant spotted flycatchers have been seen catching flies from open perches on the old wall, which once surrounded the walled garden. Foxes are a common early morning sight, and jays have also been spotted.
Ormeau Park plays host to a great number of trees from many different Northern Hemisphere countries. These include an oriental plane from the Balkans, contorted willows from China, cedars from Lebanon and maples from North America.

Route Description

Begin at the car park beside Ormeau Recreation Centre, take the leafy path to the right and let the traffic fade away. The main looping route goes for 1.2 miles from the Ormeau Gates, over to the Ravenhill entrance and back to the car park.

Getting to the Start

Ormeau Park lies between the Ormeau Road, Ormeau Embankment and Ravenhill Road
By bus: Metro Service 7 to Ormeau Road or 78 – 79 Ravenhill Road, 0.6 miles (0.9km) and 0.4 miles (0.65km) respectively to the starting point.
By car: Car parking at recreation centre – entrance off Ormeau Embankment.


This route is traffic-free


There are numerous amenities and coffee shops along the Ormeau Road.

Information for People with a Disability

This route has accessible toilet facilities.

Surfaced paths with some hills and slopes

Available Publication

A Walk in the Park, available from Belfast City Council, Parks Section or via the website A Breath of Fresh Air – The Story of Belfast’s Parks by Robert Scott available from Belfast City Council Out 'n' bout: A New Frontier-

Belfast City Council & Shop Mobility


Cycle Hire

Belfast Activity Centre
The Stableyard, Barnett's Demesne, Malone Road, Belfast
Phone: 028 9060 0132

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