Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park is one of the most popular parks within Belfast. It is situated in South Belfast covering a staggering 130 acres. You can gain access to the park from the Upper Malone Road. The park was donated to the people of Belfast by Lady Dixon in 1959, in memory of her late husband, Sir Thomas Dixon.
Walks and Things to do;
Lady Dixon Park is made up of gardens, rolling meadows, riverside fields, woodlands and is home to a range of plants and animals. You can choose between three different park walks, the Garden Trail (easy 1.1 miles), the Meadows Trail (Moderate 1.78 miles) and the Woodland Trail (moderate 1.93 miles).
The park also has a family-friendly play area for children to run around and have plenty of fun. It is a beautiful park, full of scenic views with a coffee shop on-site full of treats.
A popular and recognisable part of Lady Dixon Park is Wilmont House estate which was designed by Thomas Jackson in 1859. It is a two-story Victorian house with a three-bay front and a balustrade porch.
The estate also includes a walled garden, informal planting areas and gated lodges. The House attracted a number of different owners before it was taken over by the Dixon’s in 1919 and is one of Belfast’s most notable Victorian architects.
The Popular Rose Gardens;
Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park have one of the best and most beautiful Rose Gardens. The Rose Gardens attracts thousands of visitors each year. The park has an annual Rose week in July, showcasing over 40,000 roses from the best local breeders. These are then displayed in the historical section and heritage garden.
There is something for everyone at Rose week in Lady Dixon park including live entertainment with different events every day. Things on offer include food stalls, performances, face painting, bouncy castles and so much more. It is definitely a must-visit with lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Also, a perfect spot during the summer months to enjoy the nice weather and have a picnic.
Be sure to check out Rose week and let us know what you liked about Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in the comments below.