Visiting Belfast for the weekend? For a city such as Belfast, you would be surprised to find a number of forests and glens just a short distance from the city centre. Clayton Hotel Belfast located in the Heart of The City have put together a list of outdoor spaces to enjoy while visiting Belfast with family or friends on a weekend break and summer break.
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, this Belfast spot is also perfect for a city picnic with the family or that special someone.
Lagan towpath (Shaws Bridge to Lock Keepers Cottage)
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 variety of wildlife and a range of trees to spot on your forest walk. Belvoir is within easy reach of Belfast’s outer ring road.
Colin Glen is just a 15-minute drive from Belfast. There are several family outdoor activities such as summer sky trek, laser tag, archery, Gruffalo walk, mountain biking, zip-lining, and the Colin Glen coaster.
This route follows an attractive glen into the Castlereagh Hills with beautiful scenery and superb views over Belfast city from the top. Just 20 minutes’ drive from the city.