Barnett Demesne opened to the public in 1951. It was a private estate. Today, the park, in south Belfast, retains much of the character of the original estate. Malone House is in the grounds of Barnett Demesne.
Getting to the park
Enter the park at Dub Lane, Milltown Road or Shaw's Bridge. Take Metro no. 8A-C from Belfast city centre and get off at Dub Lane.
Other attractions in the park
The park's main feature is Malone House, which commands stunning views over acres of magnificent parkland, Lagan Valley and the Belfast hills. Barnett Demesne is also home to an arboretum, daffodil garden and a number of woodland and wildflower meadows. More than 70 species of wildflower grow in the meadows during the summer months.
Mountain bike trails and a jumps park have also been installed in the park. The park includes 12km of bike trails for all levels, a dirt jump area and associated infrastructure.
Barnett Demesne also features an ecotrail, orienteering routes and a children’s playground (near Shaw’s Bridge). Refreshments are available in the Barnett Restaurant in Malone House. The park has several walking routes, several of which link with the Lagan Towpath, Clement Wilson Park and Mary Peters Athletics Track.
Barnett Demesne is also home to Belfast Activity Centre, which is located in the old stable yard and offers personal and social development opportunities for young people, as well as many pieces of public art.
To find out about events and activities in our parks, go to Park events.
Green Flag awards
Barnett Demesne has been awarded the Green Flag Award every year from 2011 to 2021. This award recognises the best open spaces in the UK.
Park opening hours
Parks open at 7.30am every day. Closing times change as daylight lengthens or shortens.
|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|