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Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park

Upper Malone Road,
BT17 9LA

About

Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in south Belfast is one of our most popular parks. It is home to the City of Belfast International Rose Garden, which attracts thousands of visitors to our Rose Week celebrations, which take place in July each year.

Covering more than 128 acres, the park is made up of rolling meadows, copses, woodland and gardens and is home to a wide range of plants and animals. An ideal base for exploring nearby Lagan Valley Regional Park, it contains international camellia trials, a walled garden, a Japanese-style garden with water features for quiet contemplation.

Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park was donated to the people of Belfast by Lady Dixon in 1959, in memory of her late husband, Sir Thomas. 

Originally formed in the mid-18th century, as part of the Wilmont estate, the park was first owned by the Stewarts; a farming family from Scotland. The estate was used for growing crops and bleaching linen and the main family house stood on the site of what is now the park's lower car park.

In the mid-1800s, the estate was bought by the Bristow family. A family home, Wilmont House, was designed by Thomas Jackson for the Bristows and was completed in 1859.

The estate, which also included a walled garden, informal planting areas and gate lodges, attracted a number of different owners before it was taken over by the Dixons in 1919.

During World War II, American troops were stationed in the grounds of the estate while their officers lived in Wilmont House. Lady Dixon was well-known for her work with the troops and was created Dame of the British Empire as a result. Before she died in 1959, she donated the estate to the city of Belfast in memory of her late husband, a former High Sheriff of Belfast.

The site was re-opened as Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park later that year.

 

Facilities

Arboretum
Ecotrail
Orienteering
Playground
Toilet facilities
Car Park
Bottle bank
Cycling 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 October - 22 October 2017 6.30pm 
23 October - 29 October 2017
5.30pm
30 October - 12 November
5pm
13 November - 31 December 2017
4.30pm 

Getting here

Enter the park at Upper Malone Road. For The Stables coffee shop, use the lower entrance (towards Drumbeg). Take Ulsterbus no. 21 to Drumbeg from the Europa Bus Station in Belfast city centre (Mondays to Fridays only) or use Metro no. 8 A-C.

Award nomination

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

Other attractions

Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park is next to to Lagan Valley Regional Park and the Lagan towpath. It's popular with both walkers and joggers with a range of orienteering and eco trails. The park also contains a children's playground, a bottle bank, barbecue area, picnic tables and full car parking facilities.

The Stables Coffee shop

The Stables Coffee shop offers tea, coffee and a selection of freshly baked or cooked hot and cold foods. It is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Sunday, and is also available for private events. For bookings, call 028 9061 0765. 

Walking trails

Take a walk through our three trails which come alive in the spring time. 

Trail  Distance Difficulty
Woodland trail 1.93 miles Moderate
Meadow trail 1.78 miles Moderate
Garden trail 1.1 miles Easy

Contact us


Contact 028 9072 6245 (extension 6660) or 07802 301860 (Monday to Friday only, 9am to 4.30pm)
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