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What are the best parks in Belfast

Located in one of Northern Ireland’s leafiest areas, Belfast parks rank among the finest anywhere on the Irish isle. From the gorgeous hills overlooking the city and bay to the east, the rolling fields to the city’s west and the many public parks and squares that dot the city, Belfast has a space for nature lovers of every stripe to explore. Start your nature journey in the delightful Botanic Gardens, pack a picnic lunch for the Lagan Valley, or spend time musing at the statues of CS Lewis Square. Alternatively, head to Ormeau Park for a workout with picturesque views.

Belfast Botanic Gardens

Opened in 1828 and still operational to this day, the Belfast Botanic Gardens are a haven of greenery and tranquil walking trails in the heart of Queen's Quarter. The park's multiple glass houses are home to plant life both native to Ireland and brought in from abroad, and its many lawns are popular with tourists and locals alike during the summer months.
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CS Lewis Square

CS Lewis Square memorialises the late, great CS Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, in this expansive square dedicated to his life and work. The square includes multiple statues and exhibits from The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe as well as eateries and attractions. This is a must for anyone who grew up with Lewis' books and dreamed of one day meeting Aslan for themselves.
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Ormeau Park

The oldest and largest municipal park in Belfast, Ormeau Park has been a huge draw for locals and visitors alike since it opened in 1871. Ormeau is filled with activities, from sports to BMX trails, walking tracks, and even a hiking trail for those who want to do a bit of orienteering.
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Lagan Valley

The Lagan Valley, home to the area's famous Lagan River, which flows directly into Belfast Lough, is a park and bushland area popular with walkers, cyclists and runners. While not offering much for hikers, it's the perfect location for anyone who wants to get out of the city and breathe deep of the Irish country air. A more tranquil day out is hard to find.
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Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park

A 50ha park in South Belfast, Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park gives Ormeau Park a run for its money. Filled with fields, woodland, attractions, orienteering and a world-famous rose garden that must be seen to be believed, Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park is the perfect place to while away a few hours on a spring day.
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