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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

Park opening hours

Orangefield Park and Victoria Park are open 24/7. The rest of our parks open at 7.30am and close at the following times throughout the year.

 Date  Closing time 
16 February - 1 March 2015 6pm 
2 March - 15 March 2015 6.30pm 
16 March - 29 March 2015 7pm 
30 March - 5 April 2015 8pm 
6 April - 19 April 2015 8.30pm 
20 April - 26 April 2015 9pm 
27 April - 3 May 2015 9.30pm (9pm for Botanic Gardens) 
4 May - 26 July 2015  10pm (9pm for Botanic Gardens) 
27 July - 9 August 2015  9pm 
10 August - 30 August 2015  8.30pm 
31 August - 6 September  8pm 
7 September - 20 September 2015  7.30pm 
21 September - 4 October 7pm 
5 October - 18 October  6.30pm 
19 October - 25 October  6pm 
26 October - 1 November  5.30pm
2 November - 3 January 2016  4.30pm

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, 2013 and 2014 Barnett Demesne was awarded the Green Flag Award, which recognises the best open spaces in the UK. 

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

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Contact us

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