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