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Ormeau Park

Ormeau Road

Ormeau Park is a popular venue for sport, with a range of facilities that are located in Ormeau Park Playing Fields including soccer pitches, two bowling greens and pavilions, a BMX track, basketball, tennis and netball courts. The park also has a children’s playground.

The park is also popular with both walkers and joggers and has a range of eco trails and orienteering routes. 

The park also offers a limited number of electric mobility scooters for customer use. They are free to use and can be collected from the Indoor Tennis Centre and Ozone Complex, inside the park. No booking is required but we recommend you ring the centre in advance on 028 9045 8024 to confirm availability.

You must be a member of Shopmobility to use the scooters and show your membership card before hiring a scooter. To find out how to become a member of Shopmobility, call Mandy Smith on 028 9080 8090.


Ormeau Park was originally home to the Donegall family, who lend their name to some of Belfast's most famous streets, such as Donegall Quay and Donegall Place. 

The Donegall family moved to the park in 1807, setting up home in Ormeau Cottage. The second Marquis of Donegall eventually extended the building and lived there until his death in 1844. However, as the family's debts continued to grow, they were forced to sell their estate to the Belfast Corporation (now Belfast City Council) in 1869.

Ormeau Park was officially opened to the public in 1871, making it the oldest municipal park in the city. The opening was marked with a parade from Carlisle Circus. The public were encouraged to submit their ideas for designing 100 acres of the site. The competition was won by Timothy Hevey, a 24-year-old architect from Belfast. His design can still be seen in the park today, although one or two changes have been made to his original ideas since then.


Sports facilities
Toilet facilities
Outdoor gym
Bottle bank

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 
2 January - 28 January 2018 4.30pm
29 January - 4 February 2018 5pm
5 February - 18 February 2018 5.30pm
19 February - 4 March 2018 6pm
5 March - 18 March 2018 6.30pm
19 March - 25 March 2018 7pm
26 March - 1 April 2018 8pm
2 April - 15 April 2018 8.30pm 
16 April - 29 April 2018
30 April - 6 May 2018  9.30pm (9pm for Botanic Gardens)
7 May - 29 July 2018 10pm (9pm for Botanic Gardens)
30 July - 12 August 2018 9.30pm (9pm for Botanic Gardens)
13 August - 26 August  2018 9pm 
27 August - 2 September 2018 8.30pm
3 September - 16 September 2018 8pm 
17 September - 30 September 2018 7.30pm
1 October - 14 October 2018 7pm
15 October - 21 October 2018 6.30pm
22 October - 28 October 2018 5.30pm
29 October - 11 November 2018 5pm
12 November - 30 December 2018 4.30pm

Getting here

Enter the park at Ormeau Road, Ormeau Embankment, Park Road or Ravenhill Road. Take Metro no. 7A-D from Belfast city centre and get off directly outside the park.

Award nomination

In 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Ormeau Park was awarded the Green Flag Award, which recognises the best open spaces in the UK. 

Other attractions

Ormeau Park offers a great mix of horticultural displays, woodland and wildlife. 

We run a Saturday Club as part of our Watch This Space scheme on alternate Saturdays in the park's bowling pavilion.


Contact us

Contact 028 9049 1813 or 07850 316069 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm only)
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