Enjoy over 128 acres of meadows, woodland and gardens on a range of scenic walking trails throughout this historic park. The City of Belfast International Rose Garden is a must see and the children’s playground will tick all the right boxes for younger visitors. Refreshments are available from Stables Coffee Shop beside the lower car park where you can replenish all that spent energy.

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Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park, Garden Trail

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  • I recently took my 84yr old mother on the yellow route around this park , with the aid of a walking pole!! — paths were very accessible and easy for her to walk on , given she would be “ unsteady” on her feet but otherwise healthy.
    It was a very enjoyable walk for both of us, with a lovely coffee shop close by for refreshments.
    I would thoroughly recommend it.

    Esther Chambers at 10:37 am
  • County Antrim

    Distance 1.1 miles

    OS Map Sheet 15 + Belfast Street Finder

    Terrain Surfaced and grass paths

    Nearest Town Upper Malone Belfast

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference J305674

    Route Type Parkland & Grassland

    Route Description

    Starting at the upper car park, this short trail leads through the quaint Japanese Garden (unsuitable for those with limited mobility) before passing to the right of Wilmont House. Continue along the lawn path before turning right towards the Golden Crown Fountain commissioned for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Walk along the perimeter of the walled garden (always on your left) before sweeping back up along Azalea Walk with the children’s playground on your right. Turn right at the T-junction, follow the path between the Yew Hedges to a crossroads where you can follow the orange waymarkers back to the upper car park. Terrain: A combination of compacted gravel and tarmac. Steep steps in Japanese Garden are unsuitable for those with limited mobility.

    These trails are situated in a woodland environment and may be subject to temporary diversion and closures. In such circumstances, please ensure that all safety signage is complied with. Please keep your dog under control at all times, be considerate of other trail users and always follow the principles of ‘Leave No Trace’.

    Point of Interest

    Azalea Walk, fountain, walled garden, Wilmont House, rose garden

    Getting to the start

    Entrances signposted off the Upper Malone Road. Use lower car park.

    Public transport

    Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

    Dog Policy

    Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept under control at all times.


    Toilets on site, refreshments available from Coffee Shop.

    The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

    – Café (wheelchair accessible)
    – Disabled toilets with RADAR key
    – Disabled parking

    Accessibility Grade
    Grade 4

    • The path may not be hard and firm in all weathers with loose stones (not bigger than 10cm) with occasional tree roots and pot holes and will be at least 80cm wide for its entire length.
    • The path gradients and cross slopes will be greater than 6 degrees
    • Obstacles such as steps or stiles are to be expected and surface breaks may be larger 75mm in width.
    • There will be a clear head height of greater than 2.10m for the entire length of the route.
    • Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.