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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 lot bigger than it looks like from the outside. And it has a lot to offer, whether you are walking your dog, going for a run or just want to go for a walk, the park also offer a playing...  more »
  • For a good walk near the middle of Belfast Ormeau Park fits the bill - from Park Road/Ormeau Road at one end to the Ormeau Embankment on the other side the Park offers a good variety of walks with var...  more »
  • Great and great park. Fits nicely to a relaxing day, exercise, and play and fun. Great area to take your dog.
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  • Ormeau park is one of the better parks in the city in my opinion. There are a variety of paths, including dirt paths and tarmac. The park is not a flower garden but more a natural area of large trees and grass with a football area, rugby area, tennis area and basketball courts. Many people cycle here and there are stunt jumps on the northern side of the park. In good weather it's an excellent time to spend an afternoon. There are toilets on site, and a place to fill water bottles, as well as training equipment and jogging paths.
  • Lovely park. One of our favourites in Belfast. Lots of space. Good for walks, jogging and picnicking. Picnic tables are available. There are also tennis and basketball courts that visitors can use free of charge.
  • It's a great all year round park. 2 playgrounds, outdoor gym equipment, tennis and basketball courts, wooded areas, lots of grassy space and lots of different events held throughout the year.
  • Beautiful park close to central Belfast. Plenty of walking area and if you're lucky you will see some of the wildlife.
  • Great for walks with the dog and runs in the park. I've been here for a music festival as well and it was a great venue for that as it's close to the city.

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