Belfast Botanic Gardens & Palm House
Wet and cold? Spend an afternoon in Belfast Botanical Gardens and be transported to a friendlier climate. Established in 1828, the Gardens are probably most famous for their Palm House, which was built soon after. The Palm House, designed by Charles Lanyon, is of gracefully curved steel and glass with a birdcage dome and filled with seasonal displays and, in the 'stove wing', a mini-jungle.
The gardens also have a Tropical Ravine - a building with a bridge overlooking tropical varieties like banana, cinammon and orchids - an alpine garden, sculptures and rose beds.
To walk to the park from Belfast City Hall, go down Bedford Street, Dublin Road and University Road, then follow the signs. You can also take Metro 8 to Queen's University or Metro 8 to College Park.