Best dog walks in Belfast

Best dog walks in Belfast

25 August 2023

Walking our furry friends is such an important part of dog ownership. If you’re borrowing a dog, you might not know the best places to go, so we hope to inspire you with these local wagtastic walking spots for you and your doggy, borrowed or owned, in Belfast.

Antrim Castle Gardens & Clotworthy House

Clotworthy House, Belfast
Clotworthy House, Belfast | Photo © Albert Bridge (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Located near Belfast city centre, this is a perfect place for a dog walk. You’ll be able to enjoy a beautiful landscape, stop for a coffee, and experience a bit of history. The gardens span 60 acres and date back to the 17th century. Your pup is welcome to join you for the day, but must be kept on a lead. This is a unique, must-see place for anyone visiting or living in Northern Ireland.

Plan your dog walk at Antrim Castle Gardens & Clotworthy House.

Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park

The rose gardens at Dixon Park, Belfast
Dixon Park, Belfast | Photo © Albert Bridge (cc-by-sa/2.0)

It’s no wonder that this park is one of the most popular in Belfast. Home to City of Belfast International Rose Garden and the famous Rose Week celebrations, this park is a hub of activity that will keep you and your pup entertained. The park covers 128 acres and offers barbequing facilities, eco trails, picnic spots and a coffee shop.

Plan your dog walk at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park.

Alexandra Park

The bandstand at Alexandra Park, Belfast
Alexandra Park, Belfast | Photo © N Chadwick (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Opened in 1888 and named after Princess Alexandra, this charming park is a great way to spend an afternoon with your furry pal. The tree-lined avenues and formal layout give it a distinctly Victorian feel.

Alexandra park is known for possibly being one of the only parks in western Europe to have been divided by a wall, built as a “peace wall” to prevent violence between Nationalist/Republican and Unionist/Loyalist communities. This wall was built in 1994, and In 2011, a gate was created to link the two communities.

Plan your dog walk at Alexandra Park.

Drumglass Park

A quiet sunny morning at Drumglass Park, Belfast
Drumglass Park, Belfast | Photo © Rossographer (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Drumglass Park can be found in south Belfast, and is especially popular with families. It is also known locally as Cranmore or Marlborough Park. The park, opened in 1924, was left to the City of Belfast by Henry Musgrave in his will on the condition that the land be used as a public park or children’s playground. This park offers six lovely acres for you and your dog to get some fresh air together.

Plan your dog walk at Drumglass Park.

Botanic Gardens

A grey, cloudy day at Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Botanic Gardens, Belfast

Dogs are welcome at the Botanic Gardens but must be kept on a lead. There are loads of gorgeous flowers and plants to enjoy here, and it’s a fabulous destination for a day out with your best furry friend. Inside the Palm House you can even find birds of paradise along with tropical plants. Don’t miss out on this local gem!

Plan your dog walk at Botanic Gardens.

Ormeau Park

A bright, autumnal morning at Ormeau Park, Belfast
Ormeau Park, Belfast | Photo © Albert Bridge (cc-by-sa/2.0)

If you’re looking for a big park to explore in Belfast - this is it. With plenty of eco trails and lots of open space, you’re guaranteed to see your dog’s tail wagging. A lovely natural uncultivated park, with lots of dog walkers and pooches dotted around. If you fancy picking up the pace there are plenty of trails to run along with distances clearly marked so you can track your progress.

Plan your dog walk (or run!) at Ormeau Park.

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