Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park


Rolling meadows, woodland, riverside fields and formal gardens make up this beautiful park, along with a walled garden, a Japanese-style garden, a children’s playground and a cafe. Its highlight is the spectacular Rose Garden, which contains more than 45,000 flowers, tracing the development of the rose from early shrub roses to modern hybrids. The roses are in bloom from mid-July, when Rose Week offers rose competitions, music, plant and craft stalls, gardening workshops and kids activities.

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Nearby Belfast attractions

1. Giant's Ring

1.37 MILES

This huge prehistoric earthwork, nearly 200m in diameter, is a circular neolithic ritual complex with a dolmen (known as the Druid's Altar) in the centre…

2. Malone House

1.37 MILES

A late-Georgian mansion on the grounds of former private estate Barnett Demesne, Malone House is now used mainly for weddings and conferences, with art…

3. Shaw's Bridge

1.52 MILES

This five-arched stone bridge is a popular starting point for riverside walks and kayaking.

4. Hilden Brewery

2.17 MILES

Ireland's oldest independent brewing company, dating from 1981, produces superior brews including caramel-malt Twisted Hop, Buck's Head double IPA, Barney…

5. Lagan Meadows

2.47 MILES

This tree-fringed loop in the river to the right of the Lagan towpath (heading south towards Lisburn) is a good place for a picnic on a summer's day.

6. Milltown Cemetery

2.99 MILES

Bobby Sands, the Republican prisoner who died in the 1981 hunger strike, is buried at Milltown Cemetery. You'll see lots of green Hs attached to lamp…

7. Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum

3.12 MILES

The history of Lisburn's once prosperous linen industry is celebrated at this interesting museum, inside the 17th-century Market House. The 'Flax to…

8. Ulster Museum


You could spend hours browsing this state-of-the-art museum, but if you're pressed for time don't miss the Armada Room, with artefacts retrieved from the…