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Falls Park

Falls Park has many fine mature trees, beautiful flowers, horticultural displays and grassland areas. We have installed public access defibrillators for park users at Falls Park.

Improvements to Falls Park

The park has:

  • a free outdoor gym suitable for all ages and abilities
  • a dedicated youth area suitable for a range of uses, including an outdoor classroom
  • a refurbished play park with modern play equipment

Work is also underway on a new 3G pitch, changing pavilion and open space improvements in Falls Park.

Getting to Falls Park

Enter the park at Falls Road. If you are travelling by public transport, take Glider route G1 in the direction of McKinstry Road  from Belfast city centre. Get off opposite the park, beside Milltown Cemetery, or plan your journey with Translink (link opens in new window).

Green Flag awards

Falls Park has been awarded the Green Flag Award every year from 2011 to 2022. This award recognises the best open spaces in the UK.

History of Falls Park

In June 1866, Belfast Corporation bought 101 acres of land on Falls Road from the Sinclair family. Some of the land was set aside for the building of Belfast City Cemetery, but the rest was earmarked for a new park.

As the land initially fell outside the Belfast city boundary, the area was not considered a public park until the Public Parks (Ireland) Act was passed in 1869.

The area, now known as Falls Park, was established in 1873.

In 1924, an outdoor swimming pool, known locally as ‘the Cooler’, was added to the park. It cost £3,000 to build and was fed by the Ballymurphy Stream, which still flows through the area today. The pool closed in 1979 for public health reasons.

Park events

To find out what events and activities are on in our parks, go to Park events.


Falls Park hosts a 5km parkrun every Saturday at 9.30am.

Park opening times

Our parks open at 7.30am every day. Closing times change as daylight lengthens or shortens.

Date Closing time 
26 May to 20 July 10pm, except Botanic Gardens which close at 9pm.
21 July to 3 August 9.30pm, except Botanic Gardens which close at 9pm.
4 August to 24 August 9pm
25 August to 31 August 8.30pm
1 September to 14 September 8pm
15 September to 28 September 7pm
29 September to 19 October 6.30pm
20 October to 26 October 6pm
27 October to 9 November 5.30pm
10 to 23 November 5pm
24 November to 31 December 4.30pm

Map of Falls Park

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Falls Park, Falls Road, Belfast BT12 6AN

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