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Woodvale Park

Woodvale Park is a Victorian park, with a bandstand and landscaped flower and shrub beds. Facilities include soccer pitches, seven-a-side soccer area, a bowling pavilion, a children’s playground with toddlers play area, an outdoor exercise area, a community garden and allotment plots. The park has several varied routes for walkers. The park is also home to the Peace Tree.

History of the park

Woodvale Park was sold to Belfast Corporation by Reverend Glover in 1888. He lived in Woodvale House, towards the south of the park. The site was originally due to be called Shankill Park, but the name was changed to Woodvale.

An opening ceremony was scheduled for 3pm on Saturday 18 August 1888. However, by 3.35pm, the dignitaries had not turned up so a park ranger took the key and opened the gates to the large crowd.

Woodvale Park originally included a large pond, which was used by local people in winter for ice-skating. The pond was filled in after World War II and replaced with a children's playground.

Getting to the park

Enter the park at Woodvale Road or Ballygomartin Road. If you are travelling by bus, take Metro no.11A-D from Belfast city centre.

Green Flag awards

Woodvale Park has been awarded a Green Flag every year from 2014 to 2021. This award recognises the best open spaces in the UK.

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
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 Woodvale Park

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Woodvale Park, Woodvale Road, Belfast BT13 3BN

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