Botanic Gardens

Walking Route

There are a network of surfaced paths throughout the park which makes it an ideal location for a family cycle.

The park has 7 entrances and the best route is simply to stick to the surfaced paths.

Public roads: Off Public Road

Getting to the start:
Botanic Gardens is located adjacent to Queen's University Belfast.
By Bike: The park is adjacent to NCN 9, Stranmillis Embankment, beside Queen's Physical Education Centre.
By Bus: Metro Services 7 & 8
By Car:on-street parking around Botanic Avenue and Stranmillis area.

Traffic: A Traffic-free route, however if joining NCN 9 there is a busy road crossing


1.5 miles

Start Point:


Finish Point:


Point of interest:

Palm House - designed by Sir Charles Lanyon
Tropical Ravine - home to banana plants
Herbaceous Borders - a fantastic array of colour in the summer months

Nearest town:


OS map:



Surfaced paths with some slight hills


This is a circular walk that can be started from any of seven entrances to Botanic Gardens. This description begins at the main entrance at the Stranmillis Road.

Once inside the main gates of the park you will see the statue of Lord Kelvin (1) in front of you. Follow the path to the right; this leads past the front of the Ulster Museum and to the entrance of the Tropical Ravine. From the ravine take the tarmac path to the right. Continue past an entrance gate to your right and straight ahead to the herbaceous borders.

The path goes along the top border and then doubles back on itself along the lower border. Follow this until you reach a low wall and set of steps on your right that leads through the stone pergolas in the centre of the rose garden.

Beyond the rose garden, go right on the tarmac path and then take the narrow path on your left which leads on to the main path round the park. Turn right and follow this path past the bowling green and two further entrances on your right.

Pass the rockery and then the main lawn on your left, until you reach a three-way junction. From here you can see the Palm House. Pause to enjoy the splendour of the Palm House, both inside and out.

To complete the walk, continue along the path, which leads past the oak and conifer collections, back to the entrance at Stranmillis Road.


Refreshments available in surrounding area. Toilet facilities in the park

Accessible terrain:

Surfaced tarmac paths with some steps


A Walk in the Park, Belfast City Council

Publication availability:

Belfast City Council, Parks Depatment, 02890320202

Getting to the start by public transport:

Metro Services: any 7 or 8 bus.

Getting to the start by car:

On street car parking around Botanic Avenue and Stranmillis area.

Accessibility information:

Surfaced paths with some hills

Accessible toilet facilities:


The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Visit Belfast Welcome Centre Tourist Information
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