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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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  • Having grown up in this area of Belfast I have so many happy childhood memories of Ormeau Park. It is a lovely place to go for walks or spending some quiet reflecting time just enjoying the greenery, ...  more »
  • It is a public park, not a very big one at that - there is a band stand, a few paths, often covered in dog crap and there is public toilets and a lot of cyclists. Belfast cyclists particularly in publ...  more »
  • We walked through the park a couple of times to get to the university. It was a nice walk besides a golf course, but nothing special. 
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  • Excellent park in the centre of Belfast...pretty quiet on a Sunday morning :) loads for everyone from paths through forests, kids play area, bmx/skate park to facilities such as tennis and more! Check out the picture for more details. Open from 7.30am, 7 days a week.
  • A green sanctuary by the river lagan, open during the day for all to enjoy.
  • Gorgeous park. Never as busy as the likes of Botanic which works for me.
  • An oasis in the city. A great place to walk the dog.
  • A tranquil respite in the heart of South Belfast. Walking in you quickly forget you're surrounded by some of the busiest roads in Belfast (Ormeau on one side, Ravenhill on the other). When the weather is good it's a particularly beautiful place to walk through. There's public exercise machines dotted around which are fun for kids and adults alike.