Dunville Park has a floodlit 3G sports pitch for soccer and GAA, a changing pavilion, car-parking facilities, senior and junior playgrounds and a community events space. The historic Dunville fountain is filled with a variety of over 6,500 flowers. You can also enjoy a series of paths and landscape areas.
Getting to Dunville Park
Enter the park at Falls Road or Grosvenor Road (opposite the Royal Victoria Hospital). Take Metro no.10A-F from Belfast city centre and get off directly outside the park.
Green Flag awards
Dunville Park has been awarded the Green Flag Award every year from 2014 to 2021. This award recognises the best open spaces in the UK.
Other attractions in the park
A commemorative statue of local boxer, John Caldwell, is also present at Dunville Park. John was from west Belfast and a member of Immaculata ABC (West Belfast ABC). He represented Ireland at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne and became World Bantamweight Champion in 1961.
We have a mobile coffee kiosk in the park.
History of Dunville Park
Dunville Park was the first park in Belfast to be donated as a gift to the city. It was presented by Robert G Dunville to residents in 1891.
The Dunvilles were a wealthy family who were famous for their distillery, which was on the Grosvenor Road and produced Dunville Irish Whiskey.
Robert G Dunville was keen to contribute to Belfast's development and, in addition to his donation of land, he also gave £5,000 towards the laying out of the park, more than £1,000 for railings and £665 for a Victorian fountain, designed by AE Pearce.
Dunville Park was officially opened in 1892 by the Marquis of Dufferin and Ava. During his speech, the Marquis referred to the benefits a new public park would bring to workers from the nearby distillery. He said that “the provision of such a park in an industrial area was symbolic of a new era when employers would think not only of the housing and sanitation of their workers but of their recreation as well".
To find out what events and activities are on in our parks, go to Park events.
Park opening times
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|