Botanic Gardens at a glance
Botanic Gardens has tropical plants, giant bird feeders, a rose garden, an alpine garden, mature trees, flower beds and sculptures. The place was established in 1828 by the Belfast Botanic and Horticultural Society, in response to public interest in horticulture and botany. It was originally known as the Belfast Botanic Garden.
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The site was sold to the Belfast Corporation and re-opened as a public park, known as Botanic Gardens, in 1895. The gardens contained exotic tree species and impressive plant collections from the southern hemisphere, many of which can still be seen in Botanic Gardens. The park is popular with residents, students and tourists. It is a venue for concerts and festivals.
Getting to Botanic Gardens
Botanic Gardens are in south Belfast. Enter the park at Botanic Avenue, Stranmillis Embankment and University Road. Take any Metro no. 8 and get off at Queen's University. You can also take Metro no.7 and get off at College Park.
Green Flag awards
Botanic Gardens has been awarded a Green Flag every year from 2011 to 2021. This award recognises the best open spaces in the UK.
Palm House and Tropical Ravine
The Palm House and the Tropical Ravine are in Botanic Gardens.
Park opening times
Our parks open at 7.30am every day. Botanic Gardens closes at 9pm up until 26 August, apart from the following days:
- Saturday 3 June, Botanic Gardens closes at 1.15pm
- Thursday 8 June, Botanic Gardens closes at 2.45pm
- Friday 9 June, Botanic Gardens closes at 2.45pm
- Saturday 10 June, Botanic Gardens closes at 2.45pm