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Belfast Botanic Gardens

Appreciate the diverse range of tropical plants in the historic greenhouses of this park and visit Northern Ireland’s largest museum.

The Belfast Botanic Gardens is among the most colorful and lively sites in the city. The River Lagan runs through the eastern side of this large park, which also contains a museum and a sports complex. Marvel at the tropical specimens you might not expect to find in the cool climate of Northern Ireland.

Spend a sunny afternoon exploring the 28 acres (11 hectares) of picturesque terrain that stretches from Queen’s University Belfast on its northern frontier to the Lyric Theater at its southern base. Enter Palm House to see exotic vegetation and hanging baskets. Learn about the intriguing building design, as it was among the first glasshouses of its kind in the early 19th century.

Visit the Tropical Ravine to see banana, cinnamon and orchid plants. Learn about how advances in technology enabled the cultivation of these exotic species. Flowering vines and tree ferns decorate the greenhouse. View the tropical flowers from one of the balconies. Spot the highlight of the show, the dombeya, a pink flower that blossoms in February.

Be sure to visit the rose garden, the alpine garden and the sections for sculptures and mature trees. The park is particularly popular among vacationers and students from the neighboring university. Attend one of the concerts and festivals that take place here frequently.

Near the northern entrance is the Ulster Museum, which is one of the largest in the country. Enter the complex for its vast collections of art, archeology, botany and many other themes.

The gardens first opened privately in 1828, before members of the public were finally welcomed in 1895. Arrive at the park any day between morning and evening, when visiting hours end. Closing time is a little earlier in winter. Admission is free.

Walk south of the center of Belfast for about 30 minutes to reach the Belfast Botanic Gardens. The site lies less than 2 miles (3 kilometers) south of the Belfast Waterfront. It is near the Crescent Arts Centre, Ormeau Park and the City Hospital. Ride the city’s railway system to Botanic Station beside the gardens.


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Lodging Near Belfast Botanic Gardens

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ETAP Belfast

ETAP Belfast

35 Dublin Road, Belfast
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ulster Hall, Grand Opera House, and Belfast City Hall. Queen's University of Belfast and Waterfront Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$64
Holiday Inn Express Belfast City - Queen's Quarter

Holiday Inn Express Belfast City - Queen's Quarter

106 University Street, Belfast
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Queens Film Theatre and Queen's University of Belfast. Belfast Botanic Gardens and Ulster Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Botanic Rest Bed & Breakfast

Botanic Rest Bed & Breakfast

7 Cromwell Road, Belfast
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Belfast City Centre, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Queens Film Theatre and Queen's University of Belfast. Ulster Hall and Grand Opera House are also within 15 minutes.

$59
ibis Belfast Queens Quarter

ibis Belfast Queens Quarter

75 University Street, Belfast
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Queens Film Theatre and Queen's University of Belfast. Belfast Botanic Gardens and Ulster Hall are also within 15 minutes.

Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast

Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast

The Gasworks, 3 Cromac Place, Belfast
4.5 out of 5.0

This city center hotel is a short distance from the Ormeau Baths Gallery, St. Malachy’s Church, CitiGolf, and Ulster Hall.

Park Inn by Radisson Belfast

Park Inn by Radisson Belfast

4 Clarence Street West, Belfast
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Belfast City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ulster Hall and Grand Opera House. Belfast City Hall and Waterfront Hall are also within 15 minutes.

Jurys Inn Belfast

Jurys Inn Belfast

Great Victoria St, Belfast
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Belfast City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Opera House and Ulster Hall. Belfast City Hall and Waterfront Hall are also within 15 minutes.

Europa Hotel

Europa Hotel

Great Victoria Street, Belfast
4.5 out of 5.0

Host to world leaders and celebrities, Europa Hotel is in the historic centre of Belfast, next to the Grand Opera House and within walking distance of the city's shops and cultural attractions. The Crown Liquor Saloon, a classic pub, is across the street. City Hall is within a half-kilometer.