Walking trail

Sculpture trail at Minnowburn

Walking trail

Minnowburn is a green refuge set on the fringe of Belfast, in the Lagan Valley Regional Park. Wooden chainsaw sculptures are dotted around the trail, there is a pond full of wildlife, and Terrace Hill has spectacular views of the Lagan Valley, to Beech woodland and the Lagan river. As well as guessing what the sculptures are about, see what wildlife you can spot.

Sculpture in Terrace Hill garden, Minnowburn


Route map for the Minnowburn sculpture trail


Minnowburn Car Park, grid ref: NW445242


From the car park, follow the path from beside Minnowburn bridge upstream, along the bank of the Minnowburn itself, with young broadleaved woodland on your right.


After about 109 yards (100 metres), you'll come to a fork in the path with an engraved log sign. Take the left hand fork to the pond and around it, where you'll see the first of the sculptures.

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Once you've completed the loop around the pond, go back to the fork in the path and take the left fork uphill. The path passes through younger woodland and climbs uphill to Terrace Hill Garden, with great views of the Lagan Valley along the way. Find more sculptures and enjoy the surroundings of the 1930s walled garden.

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From the garden, take the steps from the west end of the garden up into the trees towards Terrace Hill House and follow the short path to Freddy's steps. Descend the steps and halfway down, take the path to the right, through the beech woodland where you will find the last of the sculptures.

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At the end of the path, climb a couple of steps onto the Giant's Ring path. Turn right and follow this path to the Edenderry Road. Cross the road and take the path opposite down to the Lagan river. At the river, turn right and follow the river bank path with the carr (wet) woodland on your right, back to the car park.


Minnowburn Car Park, grid ref: NW445242

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Sculpture trail at Minnowburn


The walk is mainly gravel paths and uneven surfaces, with a hill to climb and steps from Terrace Hill Garden.

Sculpture trail at Minnowburn

Contact us

Telephone: 02890 647787

Sculpture trail at Minnowburn

How to get here

Minnowburn Car Park, Ballylesson Road, Belfast BT8
By road

We're just off the A55 ring road from Belfast to Newcastle, in South Belfast. At Shaw's Bridge, follow the brown signs down the Ballylesson Road to Minnowburn car park.

By foot
Our paths link to the Ulster Way at Shaw's Bridge and also connect to the Lagan Towpath which runs between Belfast and Lisburn. Look out for the National Trust signs.
By bus

From the Europa Buscentre in the centre of Belfast, take either routes 13D or 513 and stop at Shaw's bridge.

By bicycle
Our property links to National Cycle Network Route 9 at Shaw’s Bridge.
Sculpture trail at Minnowburn

Facilities and access

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