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Barnett Demesne

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, or plan your journey with Translink (link opens in new window).

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 Malone Room in Malone House (link opens in new window). 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.

Park events

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 2022. This award recognises the best open spaces in the UK.

Park opening hours

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

Date Closing time 
26 May to 20 July 10pm, except Botanic Gardens which close at 9pm.
21 July to 3 August 9.30pm, except Botanic Gardens which close at 9pm.
4 August to 24 August 9pm
25 August to 31 August 8.30pm
1 September to 14 September 8pm
15 September to 28 September 7pm
29 September to 19 October 6.30pm
20 October to 26 October 6pm
27 October to 9 November 5.30pm
10 to 23 November 5pm
24 November to 31 December 4.30pm

Map of Barnett Demesne

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Milltown Road, Malone Road/Shaw's Bridge, Belfast BT9 5PB

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