This route takes you through a former estate rich in horticultural and historic interest including Wilmont House and the Belfast International Rose Garden.
Point of interest:Azalea Walk, fountain, walled garden, Wilmont House, rose garden
Nearest town:Upper Malone Belfast
OS map:Sheet 15 + Belfast Street Finder
Terrain:Surfaced and grass paths
Route:Beginning at the lower car park, take the path to the right of the buildings, leading behind the works yard. At the first junction turn right up the azalea walk.
At the end of this path turn left through the small gate, and then left again at the fountain. This leads to the walled garden
Retrace your steps to the fountain, turn right and follow the path between the yew hedges. Half way along is an opening on your left, follow this to Wilmont House.
To the left of the house, across the lawn you will see the first of the rose gardens; take time to admire the roses before returning to the main driveway. Close by are the only public toilets in the park.
Continue along the main driveway, turning left into the Japanese Garden. Pause to enjoy the garden then return to the main driveway, turning left.
After some distance, a path on your left leads down to a stone patio- this makes a good base to explore the remainder of the rose gardens to the left and right of the patio.
Walk straight ahead from the patio, keep to the right beyond the rose beds and follow a grass path around the hay meadows.
This walk is also suitable for people with limited mobility, please see link below to Disabled Ramblers NI.
Facilities:Toilets on site, refreshments available locally
Accessible toilet facilities:Yes
Accessible terrain:Surfaced and grass paths, some hills
Publication:A Walk in the Park - Sir Thomas + Lady Dixon Park
Getting to the start by public transport:Metro service 8A, 8B, 8C from City Hall. Get off at the junction of Upper Malone Road and Finaghy Road South: walk along the Upper Malone Road for one mile (1.6 km) to the start of the route. Ulsterbus service 21 to Drumbeg from Europa Bus Station (Mon-Fri only). See link for Translink below.
Getting to the start by car:Entrances signposted off the Upper Malone Road. Use lower car park.