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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Gerry Avery (9 months ago)
This is a lovely spot, well cared for, interesting in itself and surrounded by walks in beautiful countryside. It is hard to believe this is so close to the city centre yet one is plunged into deepest countryside as you walk down to the Lagan at Minnowburn. The paths are very good, well done all the volunteers who maintain them.
chris graham (10 months ago)
Went to the giants ring as a meet up point for the Belfast Bee association. I took the opportunity to have a look at the ring. It was really peaceful, deep in the awe inspiring country, yet within easy reach of Belfast. The only fly in the ointment is someone decided to put the giants ring, slap bang on final approach to Belfast airport. Would recommend especially if you take in the National Trust garden's, just down the road.
Ali Steele (10 months ago)
Worth a visit on a sunny day. Plenty of walking trails nearby and car parking is available right next to the ring.
Michael McKelvey (11 months ago)
Fascinating place, whose origins are still mysterious, could be better signposted
Ruth Kerr (12 months ago)
Lovely for a family walk and for dog walkers as well.
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