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Ormeau Park

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.

Mobility scooters

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.

Park Road Playground Improvement

Park Road Playground in Ormeau Park will be temporarily closed from Wednesday 6 October to undergo a transformation as part of our Playground Improvement Programme.

The playground will be fitted with new top of the range equipment that children of all ages and abilities will be able to enjoy.

While work continues through the autumn and winter the access gates into Ormeau Park on Park Road will remain closed for the safety of users. Visitors to Ormeau Park are encouraged to use the entrances to Ormeau Park on the Ormeau Road and Ravenhill Road.

Park events

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


Ormeau Park hosts a 5km parkrun every Saturday at 9.30am and a 2km junior parkrun every Sunday at 9.30am.

Park opening times

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

Date Closing time 
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 Ormeau Park

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Ormeau Park, Ormeau Road, Belfast BT7 3GG

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