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Falls Park

Falls Park has many fine mature trees, beautiful flowers, horticultural displays and grassland areas. We have installed public access defibrillators for park users at Falls Park.

Improvements to Falls Park

The park has:

  • a free outdoor gym suitable for all ages and abilities
  • a dedicated youth area suitable for a range of uses, including an outdoor classroom
  • a refurbished play park with modern play equipment

Work is also underway on a new 3G pitch, changing pavilion and open space improvements in Falls Park.

Getting to Falls Park

Enter the park at Falls Road. If you are travelling by public transport, take Glider route G1 in the direction of McKinstry Road  from Belfast city centre. Get off opposite the park, beside Milltown Cemetery.

Green Flag awards

Falls Park has been awarded the Green Flag Award every year from 2011 to 2020. This award recognises the best open spaces in the UK.

History of Falls Park

In June 1866, Belfast Corporation bought 101 acres of land on Falls Road from the Sinclair family. Some of the land was set aside for the building of Belfast City Cemetery, but the rest was earmarked for a new park.

As the land initially fell outside the Belfast city boundary, the area was not considered a public park until the Public Parks (Ireland) Act was passed in 1869.

The area, now known as Falls Park, was established in 1873.

In 1924, an outdoor swimming pool, known locally as ‘the Cooler’, was added to the park. It cost £3,000 to build and was fed by the Ballymurphy Stream, which still flows through the area today. The pool closed in 1979 for public health reasons.

Park events

To find out what events and activities are on in our parks, go to Park events.

Parkrun

Falls Park hosts a 5km parkrun every Saturday at 9.30am.

Park opening times

Parks open at 7.30am every day. Closing times change as daylight shortens.
Date Closing time 
2021
9 May – 31 July 10pm (9pm for Botanic Gardens) 
1 August – 14 August 9.30pm (9pm for Botanic Gardens)
15 August – 28 August 9pm
29 August – 4 September 8.30pm
5 September – 18 September 8pm
19 September – 2 October 7.30pm
3 October - 16 October 7pm
17 October – 23 October 6.30pm
24 October – 30 October 5.30pm
31 October – 13 November 5pm
14 November – 31 December 4.30pm

Map of Falls Park

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Falls Park, Falls Road, Belfast BT12 6AN

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