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Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, Belfast

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The Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park is a park in South Belfast, Northern Ireland, covering almost 130acre and is accessible from the Upper Malone Road. It includes meadows, woodland, riverside fields, formal rose gardens, a walled garden and a Japanese garden, as well as a children's playground, coffee shop, an orienteering course and many walks. It is owned by the people of belfast and maintained by Belfast City Council's Parks and Amenities Section. On 14 July 2010, the park hosted annual International Rose Trials, the highlight of Rose Week, involving judges from around the world.FeaturesThe City of Belfast International Rose Garden in the Park has made it world famous. In the summer it contains over 40,000 roses, divided into trial and display beds, a historical section and a heritage garden that displays the best roses from local breeders. It also has a Diana, Princess of Wales memorial garden. The rose garden and events like Rose Week attract thousands of visitors each year. The park also features International Camellia Trials. There are red and grey squirrels in the woodland.HistoryThe park was bequeathed to the people of Belfast in 1959 by Lady Edith Stewart Dixon and was dedicated to the memory of her husband, the late Sir Thomas Dixon. The first roses were planted in 1964 and the Trial roses were judged for the first time in summer 1965. A permanent panel of judges is provided by the Rose Society of Northern Ireland, formed by Craig Wallace in 1964.
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  • This place is so relaxing place to just walk or drive in and spend the day there. Lots of walks to keep people busy and walk your dog, also lots of great places to sit down and chill for a while. Not ...  more »
  • We took friends and grandchildren for a Saturday afternoon visit. There is a terrific playground for the kids. The azaleas and rhododendrons were just passing their best but still a wonderful display.  more »
  • Beautiful place to visit for a walk and great scenery. Also good for kids if looking a place to play.  more »
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  • Awesome park, lovely flower gardens. Perfect play park for the kids. Mega for snow sledding if there's been a good fall of snow!
  • For me the best park in Belfast. Full of flowers especially during spring. Can't wait for blooming roses in June.
  • One of my favourite places to take the pup. Feels safe and always looks well maintained
  • good for waling and for children and for spring flowers with July especially famous for the rose trials..well worth a visit
  • I have been going here since childhood and will continue going. The park is massive with a large range of things to keep kids busy, the flowers are well maintained and there are plenty of spaces available on the grounds.

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