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Woodvale Park


Woodvale Road,
BT13 3BN

Park information

Woodvale Park is home to Woodvale Park Playing Fields. The park has been refurbished as part of our Investment Programme and new facilities include soccer pitches, seven-a-side soccer area, a bowling pavilion, a children’s playground with toddlers play area, an outdoor exercise area, a community garden and allotment plots.

The park is also a popular spot for walkers and offers several varied routes. The park is also home to the Peace Tree, Northern Ireland's Tree of the Year 2015.

History of the park

Woodvale Park was sold to Belfast Corporation (now the Belfast City Council) by Reverend Glover in 1888. He lived in Woodvale House, towards the south of the park, near Woodvale Avenue.

The site was originally due to be called Shankill Park, but the name was changed to Woodvale at the last minute.

An opening ceremony was scheduled for 3pm on Saturday 18 August 1888. However, by 3.35pm, the dignitaries had not turned up so a park ranger took the key and opened the gates to the large crowd.

Woodvale Park originally included a large pond, which was used by local people in winter for ice-skating. The pond was filled in after World War II and replaced with a children's playground.


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


Sports facilities

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

Find out what events we have planned in our parks 

Getting here

Enter the park at Woodvale Road or Ballygomartin Road. If you are travelling by bus, take Metro no.11A-D from Belfast city centre.

Award nomination

Woodvale Park has been awarded the Green Flag Award every year from 2014 to 2019. This award recognises the best open spaces in the UK.

Other attractions

Woodvale Park is a Victorian park, with a bandstand and landscaped flower and shrub beds. The park has been enhanced with improved paths and landscape areas and new lighting in some areas.

Walking routes

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Useful links
Contact us

Contact 028 9031 9629 or 07717 205341 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm only)
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