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Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, Belfast

(4.3/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web)
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 is one of the most beautiful parks and gardens in Belfast especially the roes gardens just beautiful and lovely to walk round, they have a play park for children which is very good 
  • This is a beautiful place to come for a walk or to admire the many different types of roses on display. Bring a picnic and make a day of it! 
  • During a trip in 2005 my brother and I came upon this park quite by accident. We decided to walk the grounds and we are so glad that we did. The rose gardens were stunning and made for some beautiful ...  more »
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  • Beautiful park no matter the season. Recent revamp of play park area makes it good for older kids but not the best for young ones. Regular events including rose week are very popular. Coffee shop in lower car park but can't comment on quality.
  • great place to walk your dog, and yourself. wonderfully well maintained, from time to time there is a mobile coffee wagon for a hot cuppa chocolate on a cold day, there are also toilet facilities that are relatively clean and tidy. don't forget to visit the wee duck pond! hardly ever see park staff though.
  • Stunning gardens and kept in a wonderful way. there is such an alouring attractive number of rose beds, I simply cannot enjoy each of them in 1 visit. I have just 1 problem, toilet facilities, or the fact that there are none, and as a disabilid visitor, with 4 kids, this is an issue that has prevented us to visit the great gardens this year.
  • Great little spot away from the city for a walk with your children or dogs, ample parking and great views make this an ideal spot for anyone in Belfast or Lisburn!
  • Great fun at the park for kids. The coffee shop is just ok. Coffee luke warm and customer service not fantastic!!!