Ormeau Park is popular with walkers and joggers. There are eco trails, orienteering routes and a children's playground. Ormeau Park Playing Fields facilities include soccer pitches, two bowling greens and pavilions, a BMX track, basketball, tennis and netball courts. We have installed public access defibrillators for park users.
Purpose built gravel BMX track with a good selection of jumps and whoops.
Please note motorised and electric vehicles are not permitted on this track.
The park has electric mobility scooters for use by Shopmobility members. The scooters are free to use by Shopmobility members. You must show your membership card before hiring a scooter. You can collect a scooter from the Indoor Tennis Centre and Ozone Complex. To find out about, Shopmobility, telephone 028 9080 8090.
History of Ormeau Park
Ormeau Park was originally home to the Donegall family. They moved to the park in 1807, setting up home in Ormeau Cottage. The second Marquis of Donegall extended the building and lived there until his death in 1844. When the family's debts continued to grow, they were forced to sell their estate to the Belfast Corporation, in 1869.
Ormeau Park was opened to the public in 1871, making it the oldest municipal park in the city. The opening was marked with a parade from Carlisle Circus. The public were encouraged to submit their ideas for designing 100 acres of the site. The competition was won by Timothy Hevey, a 24-year-old architect from Belfast. His design can still be seen in the park today.
Getting to Ormeau Park
You can enter the park at Ormeau Road, Ormeau Embankment, Park Road or Ravenhill Road entrances.
Take Metro no. 7A-D from Belfast city centre and get off directly outside the park.
Green Flag awards
Ormeau Park has been awarded the Green Flag Award every year from 2011 to 2021. This award recognises the best open spaces in the UK.
Other attractions in Ormeau Park
The park has horticultural displays, woodland and wildlife.
We run a Saturday Club as part of our 'Watch This Space' scheme on alternate Saturdays in the park's bowling pavilion.
To find out what events and activities are on in our parks, go to Park events.
Park opening times
Our parks open at 7.30am every day. Closing times change as daylight lengthens or shortens.
|26 November to 31 December||4.30pm|
|1 to 13 January||4.30pm|
|14 January to 3 February||5pm|
|4 February to 10 February||5.30pm|
|11 February to 17 February||6pm|
|18 February to 23 March||6.30pm|
|24 March to 6 April||7.30pm|
|7 April to 13 April||8pm|
|14 April to 27 April||8.30pm|
|28 April to 11 May||9pm|
|12 May to 25 May||9.30pm|
|26 May to 20 July||10pm|
|21 July to 3 August||9.30pm|
|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|