The prehistoric Giants Ring in the townland of Ballynahatty lies only five miles from Lisburn and four miles from the centre of Belfast. Today it dominates the Lagan Valley Regional Park from its isolated sandy plateau caught in a loop of the River Lagan.
The big earthwork circle, roughly 200m across, is a beautiful example of a 'henge' monument, built in about 2700BC during the Neolithic period. In the middle is a tomb made up of five upright stones and a large capstone, the bare frame of what was originally a chambered grave, covered with a cairn of stones and earth.
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From Shaws Bridge on the Outer Ring, take the Ballylesson Road. Take the second road on the right, sign posted for the Giants Ring. This road merges with the Ballynahatty Road for a brief time, before sign posts show the way to the Giants Ring car park on the right hand side.
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