The Giant's Ring is a henge monument at Ballynahatty, near Shaw's Bridge, Belfast. It dates from the Neolithic period and was built around 2700 BCE. It is near the Shaw's Bridge crossing of the River Lagan, a point which has been used as a crossing of the river since at least the Stone Age. The original purpose of the monument was most likely as a meeting place or as a memorial to the dead.

The site consists of a circular enclosure, 180 m in diameter and 2.8 hectares in area, surrounded by a circular earthwork bank 3.5m high. At least three of the five irregularly spaced gaps in the bank are intentional and possibly original. East of the centre of the enclosure is a small passage tomb with a vestigial passage facing west. There were reports of other tombs outside the enclosure, but there is no trace of these.

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Founded: 2700 BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in United Kingdom

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d elliott (2 years ago)
This is a lovely place for a walk but can be exceptionally busy now due to covid walkers
john bolleboom (2 years ago)
Atmospheric historic spot that is dog friendly.
Briége Greer (2 years ago)
Great open space for wee ones to dander safely around plus a very intriguing historical site. Nice walk around the site linking up with other walk ways around the area e.g. Shaws Bridge
Colin McConkey (2 years ago)
Always great to visit this place. A nice no cost options and a hit with the kids just to run around for a few minutes. We had some of our wedding pictures taken here 12 years ago so it holds a special place in our hearts. Tried to recreate some tonight but without much success. I guess we will have to come back again.
Jim M (2 years ago)
This place is awesome. It's massive so you feel physically small but also ancient which makes you small in the long march of time. Well done those ancient people who put the massive stones in place that have stayed secure for thousands of years. Definitely worth a visit.
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