Botanic railway station

This article is about the railway station in Northern Ireland. For the station in The Bronx, see Botanical Garden (Metro-North station). For the subway station in Brooklyn, see Botanic Garden (BMT Franklin Avenue Line). For the former station in Scotland, see Botanic Gardens railway station.
NI Railways
Location Belfast
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Coordinates 54°35′18″N 5°55′58″W / 54.5884°N 5.9328°W / 54.5884; -5.9328Coordinates: 54°35′18″N 5°55′58″W / 54.5884°N 5.9328°W / 54.5884; -5.9328
Owned by NI Railways
Operated by NI Railways
Platforms 2
Structure type At-grade
Key dates
1976 Opened
2008 Refurbished
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Botanic railway station serves the Botanic area in south Belfast, Northern Ireland and students for Queen's University Belfast it is also near Shaftesbury Square which is along Botanic Avenue. It is named after the nearby Belfast Botanic Gardens. It is one of the four stations located in the city centre, the others being City Hospital, Great Victoria Street, and Central.

The station opened on 4 November 1976 and is very close to City Hospital Station [1]

Passengers can alight here for the Ulster Museum, which is situated on the edge of Botanic Gardens.

Exterior of the station


On Mondays to Saturdays, there is a half-hourly service towards Belfast Central and Bangor, or Great Victoria Street and Portadown on Bangor/Portadown Line services, with extra trains at peak times.

There is also a half-hourly Larne Line service to Great Victoria Street in one direction, or Whitehead and Larne Harbour in the other, with extra services to Carrickfergus at peak times.

Londonderry Line services call hourly at Botanic, operating to Great Victoria Street in one direction, and Londonderry Waterside or Coleraine in the other.

On Sundays, the Bangor, Portadown and Larne Line services all reduce to hourly operation. Derry Line services reduce to two-hourly operation.

The timetable allows 3 minutes for the trains to travel between Belfast Central and Botanic.

At one point, the cross border Enterprise service to Dublin Connolly served Botanic, but no longer stops at the station.

MPD unit at Botanic station in 1976
Preceding station   Northern Ireland Railways   Following station
City Hospital   Northern Ireland Railways
  Belfast Central
  Northern Ireland Railways
  Northern Ireland Railways
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Botanic Gardens

The Botannic Gardens are a short walk away from the station.


  1. "Botanic Station01". IRRS. Retrieved 2008-05-08.
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