View larger map Address: Knightsbridge Park, Belfast, BT9 5PB
Entrance to the park is via Knightsbridge Park or Sharman Road. If you are travelling by bus from Belfast city centre, take Metro no.8A-C and get off at Bladon Drive.
Lagan Meadows, situated in south Belfast alongside the River Lagan, is a 120-acre park set aside for wildlife and public recreation.
The woodlands, meadows and wetlands are home to a variety of wildflowers, birds, butterflies and other animals.
The central region is managed as a nature reserve in conjunction with the Ulster Wildlife Trust. A path through Lagan Meadows also joins with the Lagan Towpath to provide a varied and interesting walk.
The park also hosts regular events, organised by Lagan Valley Regional Park and the Ulster Wildlife Trust.
Opening hoursAll our parks open at 7.30am daily. Closing times vary according to the time of year - check full opening hours for parks
Contact detailsFor more information, call the park manager on 07802 301860 (Monday to Friday only, 9am to 4.30pm) or email email@example.com
Walking routeLagan Meadows provides several scenic walks which join with the nearby Lagan Towpath.
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HistoryLagan Meadows was the source of Belfast's first piped water supply. A stream flowed through the site (and continues to flow today) and a earth wall was built to form a reservoir. It later became known as Lester's Dam.
From the reservoir, water was fed through a system of open aqueducts to holding ponds at Botanic Gardens and Lennoxvale and on into Belfast through a series of wooden pipes.
Several streets in the city were named after the water supply, such as Conduit Street and Fountain Lane.
Lagan Meadows was officially opened in 1985, but it had already been under public ownership for many years. Today, the remains of Lester's Dam can still be seen in the park and the spring continues to flow, feeding the surrounding marshland.