Take a walk in the leafy suburbs of south Belfast close to the River Lagan

Barnett Demesne

Barnett Demesne located next to Malone House, was once a private estate but opened to the public in 1951. Today, the award-winning park retains much of the character of the original estate and is home to the Mountain Bike Trails and Jump Park (opens in new window).

Barnett Demesne is also popular with walkers and joggers due to its proximity to the River Lagan, Shaw's Bridge and nearby Clement Wilson Park. The park also includes eco-trails, orienteering routes and a children's playground.

Walking route (PDF - 1.46MB)

Public Art

Malone House and Barnett Demesne are home to several impressive pieces of public art, many of which have been funded by Belfast City Council.

The sculptures include:

  • Owl by Niall Timmins 
  • Creature by Amanda Montgomery 
  • Love Seat by Owen Crawford 
  • Oak Throne by Ned Jackson Smyth 
  • Loss by Jane Mortimer 
  • Frog on a Log by Niall Timmins 
  • Oak Figures by Owen Crawford 
  • Ash Pole by Scott Butt 
  • Lizard by Niall Timmins 

The pieces are located around the grounds of Malone House and are free to view. See how many you can spot on your next visit.

Higgin Gallery

The Higgin Gallery, located on the first floor of Malone House, is the ideal place to browse work by local artists.

It's open every day from 9am to 5pm. The gallery hosts monthly exhibitions, including work from art societies and associations, as well as solo artists.

Admission is free.

For more information, call us on +44 (0)28 9068 1246 or find out What’s On.