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Victoria Park

This circular walk follows the edge of the lake, one of the park’s biggest attractions is its lake.

The lake is home to a range of water birds such as swans, geese, ducks, herons and migrant waders. Some of the waders have also been recorded in the Baltic Sea and Scandinavia.

Due to its rich variety of wildlife, the open water in Victoria Park is part of the Belfast Lough ASSI (Area of Special Scientific Interest) project.

A poetry trail, which features ten nature-themed poems written by local primary school pupils and etched onto metal plaques, also provides a pleasant route around the park



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Parkland and Grassland


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1 mile

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On/Off Road

Off Public road

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Surfaced paths with the option of grass paths

route description

There are two possible circuits of the park, an inner and outer loop around the lake.

The outer loop path begins at the car park alongside the lake. As you face the lake, follow the path to the right. Paths are surfaced with the option of grass paths also.

Continue along the path past the bowling green, a small rose garden, the children’s playground and a BMX track. Follow this path round to your left.

Further on the path runs along an embankment between the lake and Connswater River. Across the river are the Short’s aircraft factories, which in turn are overshadowed by Samson and Goliath. Continue round the lake to the starting point.

To cycle the inner loop, return to the car park, cross the footbridge over the lake and turn right. The mown path meanders through the trees, again following the line of the lake.

getting to the start

By Bike: Access just off route 99 signposted from Holywood Arches along Connswater walkway. By Bus: metro services 3, Inverary Avenue By Car: Signposted from Holywood Road and Connsbrook Ave, East Belfast. Car parking in the park via the underpass.


Traffic free route


Toilets on site, refreshments available locally

information for People with a Disability

Disabled parking on site. Route on flad surfaced & grass paths.

available publications

A Walk In The Park

Belfast City Council, Parks Department, 02890320202 Ext. 3199

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Hi, I forgot to give 5 stars. colinc


Have you been down to this park. It is a wonderful hidden gem of east belfast. There are various cycle routes you can take plus a bmx track. The track around the lake is wide enough for walkers and cyclists to co exist. Some dog walkers though don't contol their dogs so well. I like the planes overhead and the little moor hens at the waters edge. The new Sam Thompson bridge means you can enter from airport road side now. Colinc

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