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Ormeau Park, Belfast

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Ormeau Park is the oldest municipal park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, having been officially opened to the public in 1871. It is owned and run by Belfast City Council and is one of the largest and busiest parks in the city and contains a variety of horticulture, woodland, wildlife and sporting facilities.The park is open daily from dawn to dusk. It features a bandstand, basketball, netball, football and tennis facilities, bowling greens, pavilions, car parking, cycling (and BMX track), ecotrails, horticultural displays, an orienteering course, a playground, seasonal bedding, specimen trees, and multiple walks. The park opens on to the Ormeau Road, the Ormeau Embankment, Park Road, and the Ravenhill Road. Access to Belfast city centre is available on Metro bus routes 7A - 7D.HistoryThe land for Ormeau Park was formerly part of the Donegall family estate. It became their home in 1807, when the family moved to Ormeau Cottage from their town house in Donegall Place. The building was extended by George Chichester, 2nd Marquess of Donegall, who lived there until his death in 1844. Eventually the family was forced to sell the estate to pay its spiralling debt. In 1869, the area was purchased by Belfast Corporation and it was opened as a park to the public in 1871. The opening of Belfast's first public park was marked with a parade from Carlisle Circus through Belfast which attracted a large crowd and finished with speeches in the park.
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  • This park is a major asset to Belfast City.Well landscaped and excellent greenery with good public facilities and amenities. Very relaxing way to spend day.  more »
  • This park is worth visiting any time of the year. Situated away from the city centre it is nevertheless an oasis in a busy city and bustling area offering some peace and tranquillity amongst nature's ...  more »
  • Really big well kept park East of the river. It has lovely trees and a lot of grass which during the rain unfortunately almost turns into a bog. It has some picnic tables and outside gym.  more »
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  • Really good place to chill out! I was there a couple of times running and also doing some yoga staff. The views are amazing there is no words to explain just how beautiful is nature. It's a great place for walking dogs too. Is a very big park there is some sits where you can have a read. I love the idea about the exercising machines in the way so when you run it gives a push up in the trainings. I am so glad to live close to this amazing park =)
  • Beautiful open park in the centre of Belfast. Gorgeous scenery, tennis/basketball courts, children's play area, fitness equipment and water fountains for both you and your 4-legged companion! Unfortunately the drainage is poor and unless you stick to the paths or there's been no rain in weeks (fat chance of that in Belfast though) both you and your pooch are going to be covered in mud! If the council were to do some work and fix this it would be amazing. Unfortunately, as it is, we have to bath our dig after every walk and in the summer it's nearly impossible to find a patch of grass dry enough to have a picnic! Finally the people that lock the gates are incredibly inconsistent, often starting their rounds up to an hour before the times on the council website, leaving us locked in/out of the park and having to either walk well out of our way to find another entrance or find another route to walk the pup.
  • This is a place of beauty and history. It has small events like a band at he bandstand and Park runs. It is truly an amazing place to visit. Great for dogs and children. I have been going since I was a child and still return.
  • Great for a walk on a sunny day. Also a good place to take kids, have a cycle, go for a run or play some football.
  • Huge big park. Very neat. Great place to excercise or walk around and clear your head
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