Barnett Demesne

Barnett Demesne

The park is popular with walkers and joggers due to its proximity to the River Lagan, Shaw's Bridge and Clement Wilson Park.

The park features include an aboretum, daffodil garden, ecotrail, orienteering routes, a children's playground, walking trails, mountain biking trails and a jumps park.

Refreshments are available in the nearby Malone House. Barnett Demesne is also home to tree and plant collections with semi-natural features such as woodland and wildflower meadows, many wild animals, including rabbits, badgers and grey and red squirrels, and birds such as jays, rooks and a range of songbirds. More than 70 species of wildflower grow in the meadows during the summer months.


Accessible toilets
Accessible parking
Family and Children
Children's play ground

Opening Hours

Barnett Demesne is open all year round

Malone Room (café) - Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 4.30pm, and Sunday from 9am to 4.30pm

Barnett Restaurant - Monday to Sunday from 12noon to 3.30pm.




No charge


No charge

Getting There

By car

Enter the park at Dub Lane, Milltown Road or Shaw's Bridge

By bus

Take Metro no. 8A-C from Belfast City Centry and alight at Dub Lane.

By cycle and foot

Lagan Tow Path

Walk Trails

Linear, 11 miles

Lagan Towpath. Scenic riverside walk along tarmac path.

Circular, 1.5 miles

Barnett Demesne. Scenic parkland walk.

Circular, 1.2 miles

Clement Wilson Park. Along River Lagan.

Circular, 1 miles

Lagan Towpath - Shaws Bridge to Lock Keepers Cottage. A short circular walk along the edge of the River Lagan.

Mountain Bike Trails

Barnett Demesne Trails & Jumps Park. The Barnett Demesne Mountain Bike Trails consist of a shared use 3.4km green trail and an 3.9km blue trail with 3 red loop options (1.5km) With Ireland's first official purpose-built jumps park boasting no less than 6 lines of mouth-watering table-tops, doubles and hip jumps, these trails tick all the right boxes! The trails start from the Mary Peters Track in Barnett Demesne in South Belfast..

Cycling Routes

Linear, 21 miles

Lagan and Lough Cycle Way. A 21 mile mostly traffic-free route connecting Jordanstown, Belfast and Lisburn..

Outdoor Activity Centres

028 9060 0132

Belfast Activity Centre.

Other Activities

Available via Belfast Activity Centre

Available via Belfast Activity Centre

Visit for details on the permanent orienteering course


John Thompson 16 March, 2013 @ 20:17

I notice a lot of new trails at the bottom of Barnetts but I am told these are for MountainBikes only - is this true and where are walkers to go?

OutdoorNI 19 March, 2013 @ 13:17


There are currently a number of projects underway in the vicinity of Barnetts Demesne.

Belfast City Council and Outdoor Recreation NI are currently developing some mountain bike trails and a jumps park which are just for mountain bikers. However this project also incorporates a multi-use trail for use by both walkers and mountain bikers.

Belfast City Council are also currently developing some new walking trails and the current walking trails listed on the Local Outdoors website will still exist.

Adequate signage will be put in place to inform the public of the most effective way to use the trails.

Further information will be available as these trails near completion and will be ready for launch.

Kind Regards,



+44 (0) 28 9032 0202


Malone Road
Shaw’s Bridge

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