Pollen Hotspots in Belfast
The city of Belfast boasts a rich variety of ancient woodland and parks – and tree pollen can be a big problem for hay fever sufferers. The most common offenders are redwood, cedar, and oak, which typically pollinate in late winter or early spring.
You’re likely to find higher pollen counts in green spots around the city, including:
Antrim Castle Gardens
Located around 30 minutes outside of Belfast, this historic gem is home to a series of 400-year-old gardens thriving with picturesque flowerbeds and ornament displays. As scenic as the gardens may be, they’re rich in specimens of grass and tree pollen and, therefore, may be best to avoid when the pollen count is at its highest.
Spanning over a mile, Lagan Meadows is a rural oasis, home to varied wilderness and woodland. However, the area is heavily saturated with grass species and tree allergens including oak, ash, and alder.
Belfast Botanic Gardens
Home to an array of native and exotic plants, there are many different species of grass pollen present within Belfast Botanic Gardens. However, the main allergen culprit to watch out for here is oak, as the park contains a variety of oak species.
Hay Fever-Friendly Activities in Belfast
While Belfast enjoys a rich variety of parks and gardens, there are plenty of hay-fever friendly activities on offer too. Here are a few of our favourites:
Arts & Entertainment
The Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC) is home to a vibrant collection of art exhibits, theatre productions, and workshop rooms. Stop by to check out the permanent art displays or catch an unforgettable live performance.
The Grand Opera House
Located in Belfast city centre, The Grand Opera House boasts an outstanding collection of dance, opera, comedy, and family shows.
Historic Landmarks & Museums
Learn about the iconic story of the Titanic, from its conception in the early 1900s, to its construction, launch, and tragic end.
St Anne’s Cathedral
For over 100 years, St Anne’s Cathedral has stood proudly in the heart of Belfast. Stop by to admire the stunning architecture or enjoy a quiet moment of reflection.
Retail & Shopping
St George’s Market
St George’s Market is one the city’s oldest attractions, boasting around 200 market stalls. These sell everything from local produce to antiques, books, and clothes.
CastleCourt Shopping Centre
Home to an array of high street stores, restaurants and cafes, CasteCourt Shopping Centre is a great place to shop, catch up with friends, or grab a meal with the family.
Managing Allergies in Belfast
Hay fever is a common allergic reaction, affecting up to 1 in 5 people at some stage in their life1. While there’s currently no cure for hay fever, there several things you can do to relieve your symptoms1.
The most effective way to control your hay fever is to avoid exposure to pollen. However, that isn’t always possible, especially during summer1.
Here are some other basic precautions you can take1:
- Wear sunglasses when outdoors to stop pollen from getting into your eyes.
- Shower and change your clothes after being outdoors.
- Stay indoors when the pollen count is high. You can check the pollen count in Belfast using the Benadryl Pollen Forecast tool.
Hay fever can sometimes be controlled with over-the-counter medication, which you can get from your pharmacist1. However, if your symptoms get worse or don’t improve after taking medication, speak to your GP1.
Treatment options for hay fever include:
- Antihistamines – These help to treat the symptoms of an allergic reaction1. BENADRYL® Allergy Relief tablets start to work in just 15 minutes, providing fast relief.
- Corticosteroids – These can help to reduce inflammation and swelling1.
Check out our comprehensive guide for more tips on managing your allergies.