Enjoy outstanding beauty within easy reach of Belfast city centre at Barnett Demesne, located next to Malone House.
The park, which is named after William Barnett, the last owner of Malone House, is popular with walkers and joggers due to its proximity to the River Lagan, Shaw's Bridge and nearby Clement Wilson Park. It is home to an annual Spring Fair, which offers music, entertainment and wildlife displays each April.
Park features include an arboretum, daffodil garden, ecotrail, orienteering routes and children's playground (near Shaw's Bridge). Refreshments are available in the Barnett Restaurant in nearby Malone House.
The former estate grounds, which comprise marshland, meadows and woodland, once belonged to William Wallace Legge, who inherited the land in 1821. Thanks to Legge's talent for landscaping and strict rules regarding planting, most of the park's elegant character has remained unchanged.
Barnett Demesne is also home to tree and plant collections with semi-natural features such as woodland and wildflower meadows, many wild animals, including rabbits, badgers and grey and red squirrels, and birds such as jays, rooks and a range of songbirds. More than 70 species of wildflower grow in the meadows during the summer months.
Directions to Barnett Demesne
Entrance to the park is via Dub Lane, Milltown Road and Shaw's Bridge. Take Metro no. 8A-C from Belfast city centre and get off at Dub Lane.