This Victorian park opened in 1888 and is named after Princess Alexandra.
Alexandra Park is in north Belfast and has been part of the city since 1888. You can see its Victorian roots in the formal layout and avenues of trees, particularly around the Jubilee Avenue side. But despite this formality, it’s still a popular place for wildlife and you can watch water birds such as dippers, mallards and tufted ducks paddling in the stream.
In 1994, the day of the IRA ceasefire, a three metre-high peace wall, one of the many around Belfast, was put down in the middle of the park. It’s meant to prevent violence between the Nationalist and Unionist communities, so the park has two sets of everything: two playgrounds, two sets of grassland… even the river is divided in two, one part on either side of the wall. In 2011 the council put in a small gate in the peace wall which is open on weekdays during the day.