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Gasworks

The distinctive funnel and clock tower mark the place where the city's gas-making industry began production in the 19th century.  The Gasworks is a quiet place to escape from the bustle of the nearby city centre. It's a starting point for a pleasant walk or cycle along the River Lagan.

Getting to the Gasworks

Enter the park at Cromac Street and Cromac Place or from the Lagan Towpath.

History of the Gasworks

Gasworks was the site of Belfast's gas-making industry since the 19th century. The site, built on ground owned by the Marquis of Donegall, opened in 1822 and supplied gas for street lighting and domestic and industrial use.

Belfast Corporation used their profits from the gas industry to pay for the construction of Belfast City Hall, which opened in 1906.

By the end of World War II in 1945, around 120,000 people were using gas from the Gasworks site. But by the 1960s, demand declined as new technologies began to emerge and production finally stopped altogether in 1985.

The council bought the Gasworks site together with central government and the Laganside Corporation, in the early 1990s. The land was considered unsuitable for most uses, due to contamination, but a major refurbishment programme, part-funded by the European Union, soon turned the area into a modern business park.

Park events

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

Park opening times

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

Date Closing time 
2023
26 November to 31 December 4.30pm
2024
1 to 13 January 4.30pm
14 January to 3 February 5pm
4 February to 10 February 5.30pm
11 February to 17 February 6pm
18 February to 23 March 6.30pm
24 March to 6 April 7.30pm
7 April to 13 April  8pm
14 April to 27 April 8.30pm
28 April to 11 May 9pm
12 May to 25 May 9.30pm
26 May to 20 July 10pm
21 July to 3 August 9.30pm
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 Gasworks

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Parks

Gasworks, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast BT7 2JB

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