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Ormeau Park

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Ormeau Park is a popular venue for sport. Facilities in Ormeau Park Playing Fields includE soccer pitches, two bowling greens and pavilions, a BMX track, basketball, tennis and netball courts. The park also has a children’s playground.

The park is popular with walkers and joggers and has eco trails and orienteering routes. 

The park also offers a limited number of electric mobility scooters for customer use. They are free to use and can be collected from the Indoor Tennis Centre and Ozone Complex, inside the park. No booking is required but we recommend you telephone the centre in advance on 028 9045 8024 to confirm availability.

You must be a member of Shopmobility to use the scooters and show your membership card before hiring a scooter. To find out how to become a member of Shopmobility, telephoneMandy Smith on 028 9080 8090.


Ormeau Park was originally home to the Donegall family, who lend their name to some of Belfast's most famous streets, such as Donegall Quay and Donegall Place. 

The Donegall family 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. However, as the family's debts continued to grow, they were forced to sell their estate to the Belfast Corporation (now Belfast City Council) 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, although one or two changes have been made to his original ideas since then.


We have installed public access defibrillators for park users at Ormeau Park.


Sports facilities
Toilet facilities
Outdoor gym
Bottle bank

Park opening hours

Our parks are open during coronavirus (COVID-19) except Bridges Urban Sports Park. This park is closed.

If visiting your local park, you must follow social distancing guidance

Orangefield Park and Victoria Park are open 24 hours every day. The rest of our parks open at 7.30am and close at the following times throughout the year.

If a park contains a 3G pitch, park gates may remain open while the pitches are booked for play. Users must leave the park promptly after play finishes on the 3G pitches as the park gates will be locked within 15 minutes.

 Date  Closing time 
15 April - 28 April 2020  9pm 
29 April – 5 May 2020 9.30pm (9pm for Botanic Gardens)
6 May – 28 July 2020 10pm (9pm for Botanic Gardens) 
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

Park events

Find out what events we have planned in our parks 

Getting here

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.

Award nomination

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

Ormeau Park has a great mix of 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.


Walking routes

View walking routes

Contact us

Contact 028 9049 1813 or 07850 316069 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm only)
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