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Gruffalo Trail
Gruffalo Trail
Gruffalo Trail

The characters from the much loved picture book, The Gruffalo, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, have been brought to life along a brand new trail at Colin Glen Forest Park in Belfast.

With each character magically recreated by sculptor Andrew McIntyre and set against the backdrop of a stunning forest park this family attraction is sure to get the kids (and parents!) out walking. From entering through the Gruffalo Archway, through the forest park to a beautiful Gruffalo themed seating area next to the cascading Colin River, your children will be completely amazed at meeting their favourite Gruffalo characters, whilst getting out in the fresh air.

Follow in his footsteps and meet the silly old fox, owl and snake on the way to an amazing 8-foot-tall Gruffalo, complete with knobbly knees, turned out toes and a poisonous wart on the end of his nose.

The trail will take approximately 20 minutes to get to the Gruffalo (depending on how many photos and selfies you take at each sculpture) and then you can sit for a moment or two and take in the beauty of the forest next to the river, before a comfortable stroll back down to the visitors centre, where you can grab a nice cup of tea or coffee.

The experience is completely free so bring the family and enjoy one of Belfast’s most beautiful parks and rather than read the Gruffalo book (again!) come and live it.

Opening times

October - March

09:00 - 17:00 Monday to Saturday

10:00 - 17:00 every Sunday.

April – September

09:00 – 21:00 Monday – Sunday


  • Parking Available
  • Credit/Debit Cards Accepted

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  • Parking Available
  • Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
  • Suitable for Children
  • Toilets
  • Accept Groups/Coach Parties
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Gruffalo Trail

163 Stewartstown Road
County Antrim
BT17 0HW
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T: (028) 9061 4115
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