Explore Forests and Glens Within Belfast

For a city such as Belfast, you would be surprised to find a number of forests and glens located just a short distance from the city centre.   Here is some information on some of our favourite parks.

Botanic Gardens


Botanic Gardens is a public garden that occupies 28 acres of south Belfast. Just located a 15-minute walk from the city, the park is located in the Queen’s Quarter, with Queen’s University nearby. Within the park, you will find the Ulster Museum, Tropical Ravine, and a Palm house. Popular during the summer for students and office workers.

Lagan towpath (Shaws Bridge to Lock Keepers Cottage)

Lagan Meadows

Only a 10-minute drive from Belfast, you will find a short circular walk along the edge of the River Lagan along tarmac paths. Features of interest along the route include Shaws bridge, the Lock Keepers Cottage, and the newly reinstated lock gates

Belvoir Park Forest

Just a 12-minute drive from the city, you will find Belvoir forest park.  The park is a working forest and offers a vibrant forest with a variety of wildlife and a range of trees within easy reach of Belfast’s outer ring road.

Colin Glen

Colin Glen is just a 15-minute drive from Belfast.   There is a number of activities to keep the family entertained such as summer sky trek, laser tag, archery, Gruffalo walk, mountain biking, zip-lining, and the colin glen coaster.

Cregagh Glen

This route follows an attractive glen into the Castlereagh Hills with superb views over Belfast city from the top. Just 20 minutes’ drive from the city.

An Accessible room at Clayton Hotel Belfast

Start planning your trip to Belfast and book your perfect break at Clayton Hotel Belfast.


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Clayton Hotel Belfast is currently open to essential travel only in accordance with government guidelines. During this time our services have been reduced.

Reasonable evidence confirming the stay is for essential travel must be provided on arrival, otherwise your booking will be cancelled.

Please contact our hotel team to discuss your requirements by calling +44 (0)28 9032 8511 or email info.belfast@claytonhotels.com.