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Botanic Gardens

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.

Park events

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Public park

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. Closing times change as daylight lengthens or shortens.

Date Closing time 
15 January to 4 February 5pm
5 February to 11 February 5.30pm
12 February to 18 February 6pm
19 February to 24 March 6.30pm
26 March to 8 April 7.30pm
9 to 15 April  8pm
16 to 29 April 8.30pm
30 April to 13 May 9pm
14 to 27 May 9.30pm
28 May to 24 July 10pm
25 July to 5 August 9.30pm
6 August to 26 August 9pm
27 August to 2 September 8.30pm
3 to 16 September 8pm
17 to 30 September 7pm
1 to 21 October 6.30pm
22 to 28 October 6pm
29 October to 11 November 5.30pm
12 to 25 November 5pm
26 November to 31 December 4.30pm

Map of Botanic Gardens

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Botanic Gardens, College Park, Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1LP

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