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Woodvale Park


Woodvale Road,
BT13 3BN

Woodvale Park is home to Woodvale Park Playing Fields. The park has been refurbished as part of our Investment Programme and new facilities include soccer pitches, a 7-a-side soccer area, a bowling pavilion, a children’s playground with toddlers play area, an outdoor exercise area, a community garden and a number of allotment plots.

The park is also a popular spot for walkers and offers several varied routes. The park is also home to the Peace Tree, Northern Ireland's Tree of the Year 2015.

Woodvale Park was sold to Belfast Corporation (now the Belfast City Council) by Reverend Glover in 1888. He lived in Woodvale House, towards the south of the park, near Woodvale Avenue.

The site was originally due to be called Shankill Park, but the name was changed to Woodvale at the last minute.

An opening ceremony was scheduled for 3pm on Saturday 18 August 1888. However, by 3.35pm, the dignitaries had not turned up so a park ranger took the key and opened the gates to the large crowd!

Woodvale Park originally included a large pond, which was used by local people in winter for ice-skating. The pond was filled in after World War II and a children's playground built in its place.


We have installed public access defibrillators for park users at Woodvale Park.


Sports 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.

If a park contains a 3G pitch, its gates may remain open while the pitches are booked for play. Users must leave the park promptly after play finishes on the 3G pitches as the park gates will be locked within 15 minutes.

 Date  Closing time 
12 November - 31 December 2018 4.30pm
1 January 2019 – 27 January 2019 4.30pm
28 January – 3 February 2019 5pm
4 – 17 February 2019 5.30pm
18 February – 3 March 2019 6pm
4 – 17 March 2019 6.30pm
18 – 24 March 2019 7pm
25 March – 31 March 2019 8pm
1 – 14 April 2019 8.30pm 
15 – 28 April 2019
29 April – 5 May 2019 9.30pm (9pm for Botanic Gardens)
6 May – 28 July 2019 10pm (9pm for Botanic Gardens)
29 July – 11 August 2019 9.30pm (9pm for Botanic Gardens)
12 – 25 August 2019 9pm
26 August – 1 September 2019 8.30pm
2 – 15 September 2019 8pm
16 – 29 September 2019 7.30pm
30 September – 13 October 2019 7pm
14 – 20 October 2019 6.30pm
21 – 27 October 2019 5.30pm
28 October – 10 November 2019 5pm
11 November – 31 December 2019 4.30pm

Getting here

Enter the park at Woodvale Road or Ballygomartin Road. If you are travelling by bus, take Metro no.11A-D from Belfast city centre.

Award nomination

Woodvale Park was awarded the Green Flag Award in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. This award recognises the best open spaces in the UK.

Other attractions

Woodvale Park is a typical Victorian park, with a bandstand and landscaped flower and shrub beds. The park has been enhanced with improved paths and landscape areas as well as new lighting in some areas of the park.

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Contact us

Contact 028 9031 9629 or 07717 205341 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm only)
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