Sun, 31/10/2010 – 10:57pm — Nathan

Belfast Botanic Gardens is a public park occupying 28 acres of South Belfast popular with tourists and students. The gardens are situated on the stranmillis road, a few hundred metres from Queens University, with the Ulster Museum at the main entrance.

Botanic Gardens most notable feature is The Palm House. It consists of two wings, the cool wing and the tropical wing which contains the dome. The original plans had to be altered to increase the height of the dome so as it could hold much taller plants. Famous plants include the 11 metre tall Globe Spear Lily and the and the 400 year old xanthorrhoea.

Concerts and Music Festivals are held at the gardens. From 2002 to 2006 the Tennants ViTal Festival was held in the gardens. Famous performers such as The White Stripes, Kings of Leon, Franz Ferdinand, The Streets, Snow Patrol, The Raconteurs, Editors and Snow Patrol have performed there. In August 1997 U2 performed their first Belfast concert in over a decade. 40,000 fans attended with thousands more lining the perimeter fence, and even more on the rooftops of the buildings on Ridgeway Street.