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Belfast Castle Gardens


Belfast and its surrounding areas has so many great places to go walking, whether it be a gentle stroll around Belfast Castle Estate or an upward climb at Divis and Black Mountain, there’s something to suit everyone.

Places To Visit

North Down Coastal Path,

Relatively flat scenic coastline

Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, Dunmurry, Belfast

An attractive rolling parkland some 130 acres to the south of Belfast. The display of over 25,000 rose bushes in bloom all summer long is set out in a series of circular gardens, each on a different themes.

Hillsborough Forest, Hillsborough

Hillsborough Forest, set within the historic landscape of Large Park, offers the visitor 150 acres of mixed woodland in which to walk and relax with nature.

Slievenacloy - Priest's Hill,

Short hill walk, amazing views

Slievenacloy - Ballycolin,

Hill walk in wildflower meadow

Slievenacloy - Stoneyford River,

Hill walk in wildflower meadow

Slievenacloy - Boundary,

Hill walk in wildflower meadow

Lagan Meadows Nature Trail,

Walk in species rich meadows

Lagan Towpath,

Scenic riverside walk along tarmac path

Barnett Demesne,

This route explores an historic estate in Lagan Valley Regional Park, taking in Malone House, meadows, woodland and along the River Lagan.

Belfast Castle Estate,

A walk through the woodland and parkland of the Belfast Castle Estate against the dramatic backdrop of Cave Hill.

Bog Meadows,

This route explores an area of floodplain, now managed as an award wining urban nature reserve which provides a fanatstic oasis for wildlife.

Botanic Gardens,

This route explores an historic city park with many interesting features, buildings and botanical collections.

Cave Hill Country Park,

A challenging route, over unsurfaced paths, past the caves to McArt’s Fort, and crossing moorland, heath and meadows. You will discover much of what the park has to offer from archaeological sites and wildlife to panoramic views.

Clement Wilson Park,

Along River Lagan

Colin Glen,

Pretty riverside walk

Cregagh Glen and Lisnabreeny,

This route follows an attractive glen into the Castlereagh Hills with superb views over the city from the top.

Lagan Meadows,

This route explores a beautiful Local Nature Reserve in the Lagan Valley with varied wildlife habitats. A rare chance to see cows grazing within a few miles of the city centre.

Victoria Park,

This historic park which has become surrounded by modern infrastructure but remains an oasis for wildlife.


Belfast's former water supply is now home to many birds and wildfowl. A popular place for local people.

Crawfordsburn Country Park, Coastal Walk,

This walk ambles through a hay meadow, which is full of wild flowers in the summer months. The route then leads along sandy beaches, including Crawfordsburn Beach and Helen's Bay.

Grey Point Fort is a restored coastal battery.

Crawfordsburn Country Park, Glen Walk,

Gently undulating walk through mature beech wood, closely following the course of the Crawford's Burn.

Rambles for people with limited mobility - Crawfordsburn Country Park, Glen Ramble,

There are few slopes to cause any difficulty in the route described.

Rambles for people with limited mobility - Crawfordsburn Country Park, Coastal Rambles,

Beautiful rambles in a superb setting overlooking Belfast Lough.

Allow a whole morning or afternoon.

Rambles for people with limited mobility - Ormeau Park,

A large (100 acre) public park. a peaceful retreat set in the midst of Belfast, close to the River Lagan.

Rambles for people with limited mobility - Lagan Towpath,

This ramble may be undertaken in one, two, three or four parts or all together. The ramble follows most of the length of the Lagan Valley Regional Park.

Highway to Health, Castlereagh,

This short walk leads through Belvoir Park Forest in the south of Belfast, with views over River Lagan.

Blackhead Path,

A scenic coastal walk with beautiful views of sea and land.

Minnowburn and Giant’s Ring,

Beautiful trails going along the Lagan, and through woodland.

Carnmoney Hill,

A beautiful woodland walk, with wonderful views.

Bangor Town Walk and Cultural Trail,

Town Walk and Cultural Trail of Bangor Town Centre

Holywood Town Walk and Cultural Trail,

A short historical walk around the town of Holywood

Ormeau Park,

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.

Lagan Towpath - Shaws Bridge to Lock Keepers Cottage,

A short circular walk along the edge of the River Lagan along tarmac paths. Features of interest along the route include Shaws bridge, the Lock Keepers Cottage and the newly reinstated lock gates.

Clandeboye Way – Helen’s Bay to Whitespots Country Park,

A woodland walk on a mix of old lanes and tracks

Divis Lough Trail (all ability),

Gentle circular route that leads you across the open hills on a wide, flat and gently sloping path. Lough Neagh, the Sperrins and further afield can be viewed on a clear day.

Newtownabbey Way, Newtownabbey

Walking and cycling route linking Corr’s Corner to the shores of Belfast Lough at Whiteabbey.

Divis Summit Trail,

Circular walk on the summit of Divis

Lagan Two Bridges Walk,

This route is through parkland in Lagan Valley Regional Park. It runs alongside the River Lagan and returns via the Lagan Towpath. A section of the National Cycle Network Route 9 also runs through the park.

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