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Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park and City of Belfast International Rose Garden
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Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park and City of Belfast International Rose Garden

Upper Malone Road, Belfast BT17 9LA

Ulsterbus 13d from Europa Bus Station

Email : parks@belfastcity.gov.uk
Web : www.belfastcity.gov.uk

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Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park lies on the southern outskirts of Belfast and is one of the outstanding areas within the Lagan Valley Regional Park consisting of one hundred and twenty eight acres of meadows, copses, woodland and gardens.  It is one of the most popular parks in Belfast, attracting thousands of visitors each year to see the International Rose Garden and the rhododendron displays, listen to a band concert, use the children’s playground or simply to relax in the tranquil surroundings.

Wilmont House was built in 1859 by James Bristow and after changing hands several times it came to the Dixons in 1919.  Lady Dixon died in 1959 and she bequeathed the estate ‘for the greatest good of the citizens of Belfast’ in memory of her husband, Sir Thomas Dixon. 

The City of Belfast International Rose Garden is amongst the world’s leading rose gardens and in 2000 received the prestigious Plaque of Merit.  Each summer over forty-five thousand rose bushes are in bloom creating a fusion of colours. 

Each year roses are sent from breeders throughout the world for trial at the park.  Local experts judge these over two or three seasons, and an international panel carries out the final judging each July. 

Whilst meandering through display beds savouring the array of scent, colour and form, you can also follow the story of the rose in the Historical Section, see the best of local roses in the Irish Heritage Section or enjoy a moment of contemplation in the Princess Diana Memorial Garden. 
The International Rose Garden between July and September is a spectacular sight and one not to be missed. 

In the quieter regions of the park you can explore the wild flower meadows and woodland.  You may even glimpse foxes, badgers, red and grey squirrels. 

Other attractions in the park include the Japanese Garden, a walled garden, the Golden Crown Fountain commissioned in 2002 as part of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations and several outdoor sculptures. 

There is a Nature Study Centre in the park for school groups to learn about the environment.  Tel. (028) 9066 2259 for booking.  The Stables Coffee Shop provides refreshments for the park user.  Opening hours are seasonal.  Tel. (028) 9032 0202 for details. 

Band concerts take place from May to September as part of the Music in the Park programme organised by the Parks and Amenities Section. 

Rose Week is a popular annual event in July with competitions, music, plant and craft stalls, entertainment and demonstrations in and around the rose garden.  Admission free. 

Park opening hours:  open every day from dawn to dusk.  Admission free.

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