Cycle Northern Ireland -

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

Nearest TownBelfast
Distance1 mile miles
OS Map15
Route TypeParkland and Grassland
Route ShapeCircular
Public RoadsOff Public Road
AONBOther Area
Grid Ref (Start)J357742
Grid Ref (End)J357742


Surfaced paths with the option of grass paths

Point of Interest

Connswater River - the tributaries of which rise in the Castlereagh and Holywood Hills and meet to form the Connswater River running through east Belfast. The lower part of the river is a tidal estuary which supports rich birdlife.
Samson & Goliath, famous twin cranes of the Harland & Wolff shipyard.

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

This route has accessible toilet facilities.

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

Available Publication

A Walk In The Park

Belfast City Council, Parks Department, 02890320202 Ext. 3199

Links - for map of the area

This information is provided by Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland, The Stableyard, Barnett's Demesne, Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 5PB.

Tel: 028 9030 3930
Fax: 028 9062 6248

Every care has been taken to ensure accuracy of the information. We cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions but where such are brought to our attention, the information will be amended accordingly.