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Victoria Park

This historic park is surrounded by modern infrastructure but remains an oasis for wildlife and is part of the Connswater Community Greenway - a 9km linear park through East Belfast following the course of the Connswater, Knock and Loop Rivers, connecting open and green spaces.




1 miles

OS Map

Sheet 15 + Belfast Street Finder

Nearest Town

Holywood Arches, Belfast

Route Shape


Route Type

Parkland & Grassland


Mainly flat surfaced paths

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Wading birds, shipyard cranes, lake, Area of Special Scientific Interest.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Other Area

Route Description

There are two possible circuits of the park, an inner and outer loop around the lake.

The outer loop path begins at the car park alongside the lake. As you face the lake, follow the path to the right.

Continue along the path past the bowling green, a small rose garden, the children’s playground and a BMX track. Follow this path round to your left.

Further on the path runs along an embankment between the lake and Connswater River. Across the river are the Short’s aircraft factories, which in turn are overshadowed by Samson and Goliath. Continue round the lake to the starting point.

To walk the inner loop, return to the car park, cross the footbridge over the lake and turn right. The mown path meanders through the trees, again following the line of the lake.

Getting to the Start

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Accessibility Grade

Grade 2

The outer loop has seating less situated less than 300m apart while the inner loop does not

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Disabled toilets
Disabled parking


Toilets on site, refreshments available locally


A Walk in the Park

Publication Availability

Belfast City Council, Parks Department, 02890320202 Ext. 3199

Walk Location
Map of Northern Ireland
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Ratings and Comments

Gail Barry 22 July, 2019 @ 10:58

one of my favourite parks, though it has been recently damaged by restoration and the lake made smaller, because the swans and geese who used to live here were dangerous for the airport beside it. Great views to the Belfast Hills, out to Belfast Lough and the many historic sites in the city. It's exciting for bird watchers as it overlooks a bird reservation at the east end of the park. I've seem the Irish Dipper, curlew, cormorants, plover, godwits are often at the small stream on the north side running past Short's, as well as many garden birds and waterfowl like geese, swans, several species of duck. It's fun for the kids, those waterfowl love getting bread, though watch out for the gulls, they can mob you!! Easy access from the Greenway and from Connswater Avenue if you're coming by bus

Elizabeth Russell 11 February, 2019 @ 09:35

Have always loved this little park. Don’t mind the cyclists BUT my goodness I’m surprised how illiterate many of the dog walkers and bird feeders are. Perhaps the notices informing dogs must be kept on a lead and do not feed the birds should be larger and more prominent.

Iris McDowell 20 August, 2015 @ 09:20

Visited Victoria Pk for the first time this week although I have lived in east Belfast for almost 40 yrs. What a gem, our grandaughter had a great time on the exercise machines. I heard on the radio you should feed the birds frozen peas and corn not bread but they weren't' interested not even the pigeons would feed on them but the bread was being snapped up!

James Fitzgerald 4 May, 2015 @ 21:46

First Class but what a waste of a classic waterway. At one time boats use to be

available. why not a canoe club.

possibly a bigger more detailed "YOU ARE HERE" sign would be more helpful.

But well done cannot complain.

colinc 15 January, 2015 @ 00:51

I agree with David. The park is great for cycling around. I'm down there when ever weather permits to do a few laps.

I like the little moorhens that runaround the lakes edge. I also enjoy the planes flying overhead. A mixture of nature and technology.

Will, the water does look dodgy but they do rake out some of the weeds.

all in all - a great wee park and until recently a hidden gem of east belfast.

David Gordon 21 September, 2014 @ 14:43

I visited Victoria Park for the first time this weekend. It's fabulous. It is a wonderful asset for the city. The swans and cygnets were a treat to see. I cycled round ten times on Saturday, and went back today (Sunday). The Sam Thompson bridge is great too. Congratulations to all who help to keep this park in shape. What a wonderful facility. (I have no connection with Belfast City Parks, by the way).

Will carruthers 29 April, 2014 @ 23:01

They should bring back boating activities I used to love it when I was young . Being from newtonards road East Belfast this was my only means of trying anything different and not throwing bricks lol. Walked there this evening and they are still working on it but they still need to sort the water out its still disgusting. Could put game fish in it and create an inner city fishery .

robert malcolm 29 July, 2013 @ 23:39

was born in the old fernvale street connsbrook ave. Victoria park was my play ground then.now I still live in the area still use the park when my grand children come to see me .told them about the old swimming pool /catching tadpols /newts &frog spawn. but sadley the air port now is changing things in the park & not for the better.

Lloyd 5 March, 2013 @ 15:18

Walked there this morning, didnt see one plane overhead so possibly exaggerating a bit are those comments. The park is kept beautifully and there was plenty of flowers growing along the walk. Also a big range of different types of ducks etc living happily in the water with the odd magpie here and there.

Dont be scared, its not noisy. Actually quite peaceful with parents walking there babies etc.

I love it.

colin boyd 11 November, 2008 @ 16:53

i have been walking around victoria pk for at least 45 yrs.the airport is destroying the bird life.of that their is no doubt.also the waterway around the park is full of dead and rotting plants.

R. MacDonnell 24 June, 2008 @ 01:55

I live near this park and used to take my dog for a walk every day in it but I'm scared of how low the planes and can't stand the noise of the big jets. Fiona is right, it's beautiful and it's one of the best parks in Belfast and it's been destroyed by the City Airport.

Fiona McKinley 19 June, 2008 @ 17:57

Beautiful park, but sadly there is now an airport beside it. Planes take off over your head every few minutes and birdlife is disappearing...

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