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Falls Park

Investing in your area

We have been working on a range of projects to improve Falls Park, Belfast City Cemetery and Whiterock, to offer better facilities for the community and to make these sites more attractive, safe and welcoming for everyone.

Recent improvements include:

  • a free outdoor gym in Falls Park, 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
  • refurbishment of the Belfast Blitz memorial in City Cemetery
  • new allotment plots at Whiterock, following the success of our popular community garden
  • a new playground and multi-use games area in the green space in front of Whiterock Leisure Centre.

Work is also underway on a new 3G pitch, changing pavilion and open space improvements in Falls Park.

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Falls Road,
BT12 6AN

The park has many fine mature trees, beautiful flowers, horticultural displays and grassland areas.

In June 1866, Belfast Corporation (now Belfast City Council) 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.

However, because 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.


We have installed public access defibrillators for park users at Falls Park.


Sports facilities
Bottle bank

Park opening hours

Our parks are open during coronavirus (COVID-19) except Bridges Urban Sports Park. This park is closed.

If visiting your local park, you must follow social distancing guidance

Orangefield Park and Victoria Park are open 24 hours every day. The rest of our parks open at 7.30am and close at the following times throughout the year.

If a park contains a 3G pitch, park gates may remain open while the pitches are booked for play. Users must leave the park promptly after play finishes on the 3G pitches as the park gates will be locked within 15 minutes.

 Date  Closing time 
15 April - 28 April 2020  9pm 
29 April – 5 May 2020 9.30pm (9pm for Botanic Gardens)
6 May – 28 July 2020 10pm (9pm for Botanic Gardens) 
29 July – 11 August 2020 9.30pm (9pm for Botanic Gardens)
12 – 25 August 2020 9pm
26 August – 1 September 2020 8.30pm
2 – 15 September 2020 8pm
16 – 29 September 2020 7.30pm
30 September – 13 October 2020 7pm
14 – 20 October 2020 6.30pm
21 – 27 October 2020 5.30pm
28 October – 10 November 2020 5pm
11 November – 31 December 2020 4.30pm

Park events

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Getting here

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.

Award nomination

Falls Park has been awarded the Green Flag Award every year from 2011 to 2019. This award recognises the best open spaces in the UK.

ParkLife Saturday Club at Falls Park

Please note there is currently a waiting list for this club.

ParkLife is a fun and free educational programme, designed to encourage children and their families to become more active and involved in outdoor activities in parks and open spaces across the city.

This project is run by Belfast City Council in partnership with Ulster Wildlife, aiming to increase children’s interaction with nature at their local park. ParkLife is open to children between the ages of seven and twelve. Children under seven are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

If you are interested in registering for our Saturday Clubs at Falls Park, contact for a registration form or contact the Outdoor Recreation and Education Officer on 028 9032 0202 ext. 3199.

ParkLife education events usually run on one Saturday in every month.

Walking routes

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Contact us

Contact 07795 831899 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm only)
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