Ormeau Park is popular with walkers and joggers. There are eco trails, orienteering routes and a children's playground. Ormeau Park Playing Fields facilities include soccer pitches, two bowling greens and pavilions, a BMX track, basketball, tennis and netball courts. We have installed public access defibrillators for park users.
The park has electric mobility scooters for use by Shopmobility members. The scooters are free to use by Shopmobility members. You must show your membership card before hiring a scooter. You can collect a scooter from the Indoor Tennis Centre and Ozone Complex. To find out about, Shopmobility, telephone 028 9080 8090.
History of Ormeau Park
Ormeau Park was originally home to the Donegall family. They moved to the park in 1807, setting up home in Ormeau Cottage. The second Marquis of Donegall extended the building and lived there until his death in 1844. When the family's debts continued to grow, they were forced to sell their estate to the Belfast Corporation, in 1869.
Ormeau Park was opened to the public in 1871, making it the oldest municipal park in the city. The opening was marked with a parade from Carlisle Circus. The public were encouraged to submit their ideas for designing 100 acres of the site. The competition was won by Timothy Hevey, a 24-year-old architect from Belfast. His design can still be seen in the park today.
Getting to Ormeau Park
Enter the park at Ormeau Road, Ormeau Embankment, Park Road or Ravenhill Road. Take Metro no. 7A-D from Belfast city centre and get off directly outside the park.
Green Flag awards
Ormeau Park has been awarded the Green Flag Award every year from 2011 to 2019. This award recognises the best open spaces in the UK.
Other attractions in Ormeau Park
The park has horticultural displays, woodland and wildlife.
We run a Saturday Club as part of our 'Watch This Space' scheme on alternate Saturdays in the park's bowling pavilion.
To find out about events and activities in Belfast parks, go to Park events.
Park opening hours
|29 July – 11 August 2020||9.30pm (9pm for Botanic Gardens)|
|12 – 25 August 2020||9pm|
|26 August – 1 September 2020||8.30pm|
|2 – 15 September 2020||8pm
|16 – 29 September 2020||7.30pm|
|30 September – 13 October 2020||7pm|
|14 – 20 October 2020||6.30pm|
|21 – 27 October 2020||5.30pm|
|28 October – 10 November 2020||5pm|
|11 November – 31 December 2020||4.30pm|