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Barnett Demesne

Milltown Road,
Malone Road/Shaw's Bridge,

Barnett Demesne, once a private estate, opened to the public in 1951. Today, the park, in south Belfast, retains much of the character of the original estate.


Toilet facilities

Green Flag Awards 2014

Fourteen of our parks, cemeteries and open spaces now hold a Green Flag award, the national excellence standard for parks management. 

Our Green Flag parks 
Barnett Demesne Lagan Meadows 
Belmont Park Musgrave Park
Botanic Gardens Ormeau Park 
Cave Hill Country Park Roselawn Cemetery 
Dunville Park Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park 
Falls ParkWaterworks
Grove Playing Fields Woodvale Park


You can find out more about the Green Flag Awards at

Park opening hours

All our parks open at 7.30am and close at the following times throughout the year. Flora Street Park closes at 4pm (subject to review).

 Date Closing time 
4 May - 26 July 2014 10pm (9pm in Botanic Gardens)
27 July - 9 August 2014 9pm 
10 August - 30 August 2014 8.30pm 
31 August - 6 September 20148pm 
7 September -  20 September 20147.30pm 
21 September - 4 October 2014 7pm 
5 October - 18 October 2014 6.30pm 
19 October - 25 October 2014 6pm 
26 October - 1 November 20145.30pm 
2 November - 3 January 20154.30pm 


Getting here

Enter the park at Dub Lane, Milltown Road or Shaw's Bridge. Take Metro no. 8A-C from Belfast city centre and get off at Dub Lane.

Award nomination

In 2011, 2012 and 2013 Barnett Demesne was awarded the Green Flag Award, which recognises the best open spaces in the UK. It is one of 12 of our parks, cemeteries and open spaces to receive this award.

Other attractions

The park's main feature is Malone House, which commands stunning views over acres of magnificent parkland, Lagan Valley and the Belfast hills. Barnett Demesne is also home to an arboretum, daffodil garden and a number of woodland and wildflower meadows. More than 70 species of wildflower grow in the meadows during the summer months.

Mountain bike trails and a jumps park have also been installed in the park, as part of our Investment Programme 2012-2015. The park includes 12km of bike trails for all levels, a dirt jump area and associated infrastructure.

Barnett Demesne also features an ecotrail, orienteering routes and a children’s playground (near Shaw’s Bridge). Refreshments are available in the Barnett Restaurant in Malone House. The park has a wide variety of walking routes, several of which link with the Lagan Towpath, Clement Wilson Park and Mary Peters Athletics Track. 

Barnett Demesne is also home to Belfast Activity Centre, which is located in the old stable yard and offers personal and social development opportunities for young people, as well as many pieces of public art.

Walking routes

View walking routes

Contact us

 07802 301860 (Monday to Friday only, 9am to 4.30pm)