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Close to the city, in the heart of the country

Minnowburn is on the southern edge of Belfast, its meadows and woodlands rolling down to the Lagan river - perfect for a short stroll or the start of a longer walk.

Dander along the burn that gives the area its name, beeches towering above, past where generations of children fished for minnows.

Climb Terrace Hill and discover the garden built by linen merchant Ned Robinson, where you can have a picnic or take in the views across the Lagan valley.

The old avenue curves back down the hill to the Sandpit field, which in once reverberated to the sound of ‘Pop for Peace’, a concert in 1969 endorsed by John Lennon.

On the other side is a short walk to the Giant’s Ring, a huge neolithic earth henge and tomb where you can imagine scenes of ancient gatherings and rituals.

Paths wind through fields, past the mill village of Edenderry and back to the river, to its first historical crossing at Shaw’s bridge, named after an officer in Oliver Cromwell’s army.

Keep an eye out for sculptures and natural art along the path and see if you can catch the blue flash of a Kingfisher, or an Otter poking its head above the water.

Enjoy a walk

The new path is perfect for a family walk

The new path is perfect for a family walk

Discover one of Minnowburn's secrets, take refuge from city life or just enjoy the changing seasons.

Why not get started by downloading one of the trails around Minnowburn and the Lagan Valley?

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50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Outdoor adventures are everywhere here - in the woods, garden and by the river or pond. Collect your 50 things scrapbook from Minnowburn car park at the weekends and start filling it in.

What's happening at Minnowburn?

We've events here throughout the year, from guided walks around the area to Easter egg hunts, planting for toddlers and the acclaimed 'Gig in the Garden'. Why not join us at our next one?

Coffee or pizza this weekend?

Have a coffee or slice of pizza from Piccolo Mondo, now in our car park every weekend. The only classic Citroen van with a wood-fired pizza oven in the country, run by two of our allotment holders.