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Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, Belfast

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 150+ 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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  • These long established gardens are for all ages and abilities with several carparks. The rose gardens are world renowned. The Japanese sunken garden is well worth a visit. 
  • Used to live in one of the gate houses of this beautiful park, I'm sure it was much nicer when sir Thomas was in charge but still well worth a visit for a walk or jog. Rose week can be very busy and f...  read more »
  • Nice peaceful well kept city park with off-street parking, nice tarmac paths for walking on or large areas of grass with rose flower beds etc. Our cycling club called in here for a coffee stop / lunch...  read more »
  • Beautiful Gardens - lots of wide open spaces , great for family walks. Cafe situated in the park. Each year they hold a rose week which showcases hundreds of stunning flowers.
  • Very well kept Park beautiful scenery.
  • Great park for walks. Well preserved. Several car park places.
  • Beautiful place great for kids the cafe is a lovely place with a lot on offer.
  • Fantastic Park with great facilities
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