Botanic Gardens

Image: Exterior of the Palm House in Botanic GardensOpening hours: park opening and closing times
Features: Our facilities include an alpine garden, bowling green and pavilion, a children`s playground, giant bird feeders, flower beds, Palm House, rockery, rose garden, shrub borders, specimen trees, sculptures, Tropical Ravine and several walks.
We also have public toilets.

Main entrance: You can reach Botanic Gardens from Botanic Avenue, the Stranmillis Embankment and University Road.
Bus routes: Take any Metro no.8 and get off at Queen`s University.
You can also take Metro no.7 and get off at College Park.
To walk to the Gardens from City Hall, go along Bedford Street, Dublin Road and University Road.


With its unique glasshouses, collections of tropical plants, outdoor plantings and mature trees, Botanic Gardens is a key part of Belfast`s Victorian heritage.

People`s park

Botanic Gardens is always buzzing with people, whether they`re relaxing, travelling to and from university or just taking in the sights and sounds of the park.

We often stage events in the Gardens, featuring everything from band performances, pop concerts and opera to enchanted illuminated evenings and our annual Garden Gourmet food fayre.

Key features

Botanic Gardens has two important Victorian buildings.

The Palm House was built between 1839 and 1852 and houses a valuable range of tropical plants.

It is available for hire for special events such as poetry readings and musical events.

The Tropical Ravine, which is the only one of its kind in Britain, opened in 1889.

Botanic Gardens also contains collections of oak and hornbeam species dating from the 1860s and a small alpine garden which was added in 2000.

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Accessibility information about Botanic Gardens from Disabled Go

Friends of Botanic Gardens

The Friends of Botanic Gardens group meets on the first Thursday of each month and always welcomes new members.

Call 028 90314762 for further details.

Walking routes

We offer some of the best walking routes in Belfast, covering sites of interest around the park.

Botanic Gardens walking route (PDF - 521 KB)

Learn about our history

Contact us

Botanic Gardens
College Park
Botanic Avenue
Tel : 07767 271683 or 028 9031 4762