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Falls Park

Falls Park update on Wednesday 2 March 2022

Due to construction of the Forth Meadow Community Greenway, there are path closures in Falls Park. Work will be ongoing for 18 weeks. We have signs in place to help park visitors.

Falls Park at a glance

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.

Green Flag awards

Falls Park has been awarded the Green Flag Award every year from 2011 to 2021. 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.

Parkrun

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

Park opening times

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

Date Closing time 
2022
8 May to 28 May 9.30pm
Botanic Gardens close at 9pm
29 May to 30 July 10pm
31 July to 20 August 9.30pm
21 August to 3 September 9pm
4 September to 17 September 8.30pm
18 September to 1 October 8pm
2 October to 15 October 7pm
16 October to 29 October 6.30pm
30 October to 12 November 5pm
13 November to 31 December 4.30pm

Map of Falls Park

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Parks

Falls Park, Falls Road, Belfast BT12 6AN

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