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Victoria Park

Coronavirus update

To help with social distancing, we are trialling a one-way system at Victoria Park. It is very important that everyone observes strict social distancing in our parks. A safe distance means staying at least two metres from everyone else in the park.

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Park information

Victoria Park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The park is home to Victoria Park Playing Fields, which contains soccer pitches, a bowling green and a cycling and BMX track. The park also has two walking trails that centre around the lake. 

History of the park

The idea of creating a public park near the Connswater River in east Belfast was first suggested by the Harbour Commissioner in 1854. Progress was slow because the land was very marshy, inaccessible to the public and generally unsuitable for a public park.

After many meetings, surveyors' reports and drainage schemes, the idea was given the green light and Victoria Park opened in 1906. It was landscaped by Charles McKimm, who also built the Tropical Ravine in Botanic Gardens.

An outdoor swimming pool was added several years later. The central area of the park became a popular spot for soccer, bowling and cricket.

Toilet facilities 

There are toilets beside the Bowling Pavilion available 24/7. The price is 20p to use.


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


Sports facilities
Toilet facilities
Car Park

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 24/7. 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

Entrance to the park is via an underpass at Park Avenue. If you are travelling by bus from Belfast city centre, take Metro bus number 3 and get off at Inverary Drive.

Other attractions

One of the park’s biggest attractions is its lake, which is home to a range of water birds such as swans, geese, ducks, herons and migrant waders. Some of the waders have also been recorded in the Baltic Sea and Scandinavia.

Due to its rich variety of wildlife, the open water in the park is part of the Belfast Lough ASSI (Area of Special Scientific Interest) project.  Large numbers of birds congregate at the park, partly because they are used to being fed, and are a threat to low-flying aircraft from the nearby George Best City Airport. Aircrafts can be put in danger if they collide with flying birds.

We're working with airport authorities, ecological consultants, NI Environment Agency and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) in an attempt to prevent any incidents occurring in Belfast and to make Victoria Park less attractive to the greylag geese. You can help us to reduce the risk to aircraft by not feeding the birds.

A poetry trail, which features ten nature-themed poems written by local primary school pupils and etched onto metal plaques, also provides a pleasant route around the park. Other features include flower and rose beds and horticultural displays.

ParkLife Saturday Club at Victoria Park

ParkLife is a fun and free educational programme, designed to encourage children and their families to become more active and involved in outdoor activities in parks and open spaces across the city.

This project is run by Belfast City Council in partnership with Ulster Wildlife, aiming to increase children’s interaction with nature at their local park. ParkLife is open to children between the ages of seven and twelve. Children under seven are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

If you are interested in registering for our Saturday Clubs at Victoria Park, contact for a registration form or contact the Outdoor Recreation and Education Officer on 028 9032 0202 ext. 3199.

ParkLife education events usually run on one Saturday in every month.

Walking routes

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Contact us

Contact 028 9049 1813 or 07820 187203 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm only)
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