Things to Do in The Docks

THE 5 BEST Things to Do in The Docks, Belfast

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  • brmusicman
    Chicago, IL3,187 contributions
    We were exploring downtown Belfast and had read about the "big fish," so we decided to walk over and check it out. It was a short walk from the downtown core.

    Fun art! It's fun to evaluate how it changes as you go from seeing it at a distance to noticing it up-close. The tile work (patterns and messages on individual tiles) was pretty neat.

    Free and worth the walk. Here's to cool public art.
    Written January 16, 2024
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  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, UK179,620 contributions
    The Customs House of Belfast stands opposite the Lagan Weir and The Big Fish Sculpture. The building is closed to the public, but even from the outside, it's a magnificent and elegant building in the Italianate style.

    The front of the building contains a bronze statue of a man talking to an empty crowd as a reminder that the Custom House steps were once a speakers' corner. On the waterfront side, the pediment has sculptures of Britannia, Neptune and Mercury.

    Definitely worth a look if in Belfast especially as many of the landmarks of Belfast are in this area.
    Written February 10, 2019
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  • David L
    Bishopthorpe, UK1,191 contributions
    A hidden gem, with relics and memorabilia from the Titanic.

    A well preserved and fully functional office meeting and conference venue with a small museum on the ground floor.

    A building with a true historic past that has been maintained and open for all to use.

    A great venue to speak at!
    Written October 17, 2018
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  • timfoggo
    Stroud, UK36 contributions
    If you want to explore the Belfast dockside and visit some of the few remaining old buildings then seek out St. Joseph's in Prince's Dock Street. Found on the opposite bank to the Titanic Quarter.

    Although it is in a poor state you will find a lovely little church with some really colourful Victorian stained glass windows.

    In order to try and renovate the church the local volunteer-run Sailortown Regeneration project are trying to raise funds to turn the deconsecrated church into a community hub - so any visit will help support their cause.
    Written May 22, 2019
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  • 2020vision
    Dundonald, Belfast.3,954 contributions
    This was my first visit and it will not be my last.
    This is a really beautiful Church, not your run of the mill Presbyterian churches at all.
    So much to look at, lots of interesting stories.
    I'd highly recommend a visit.
    Written September 11, 2017
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  • Donal K
    Belfast, UK15 contributions
    The Clarendon Docks built at the beginning of the 19th Century lead the way for Commercial Ship Building in Belfast and have been restored in recent years and are well worth a visit.
    I was however disappointed that there was only 1 small interpretive panel giving some basic facts, as I cycled to the Docks I'm not sure if a visitor can park a car there ?
    Written October 24, 2015
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  • Richard
    Belfast, UK62 contributions
    http://www.belfastbar.co.uk/rotterdam-bar-review.html

    Having left Belfast for nearly 5 years now and probably 4 years since I was last here and not even completely certain if it's doors still welcome the chance to lubricate the throats of the thirsty and soothe the ears of the musically minded, I'm not going to be deterred from the opportunity to encourage visitors to this majical little pub on the outskirts on the North inner city of Belfast by not doing a review!

    I first arrived down dark and brooding streets to Rotterdam in 1996, having just recently arrived as an ignorant (in soooo many ways) student. Emboldened by my scant regard of the 'troubles' possibility of preventing me from getting to what had been described to me as 'an oasis in a see of chaos' by the criminally under rated Belfast poet Padriac Fiacc, I recruited a similarly wide-eyed and boyish/idiotic accomplice. The vision of the tiny red light at the bottom of Pilot Street, then dominated by large looming, long emptied wharehouses, was significant... primarily because it was barely visible as it fought for some presence in this dark and tragic city. But we tentatively continued our Sojourn in pursuit of that 'oasis'. Belfast in these days was still a very dark, troubled and dangerous city (not everywhere, but certainly in enough places to keep you looking over your shoulder and breathing lightly on empty unfamiliar streets)... and finding opportunities to forget, ignore or lament that were less apparent to me then than it is now. But, when we opened that door and felt that blast of warm air and heard the light lilt of a steel guitar singing a tune from another time & place, I couldn't deny there was a fleeting thought that we'd discovered something very special. And so that thought has remained and for me there is no more appropriate a pub (since the demolition of the old Liverpool Bar) that will provide the sincere imbiber with as many opportunities to unleash a wild and fervent imagination. True, it no longer sits among the 'dark satanic mills' that so characterised it's location and the proximity of high-rise affluent developments does little to evoke a time gone by, but, once you step inside those four walls and realise it's the reading of the very bricks and mortar on the inside that makes this place so special, you'll forget what surrounds it. Music just oozes from its pores... and music from so many different genres, places and periods. The Rotterdam is small and cozy, has little head room for those touching 6ft, is frequented by a cornucopia of delightful clients, wraps history right around you and orders up a mean pint. Do yourself a favour - if your'e in Belfast, tourist or not, get yourself down the Rotterdam on a night... enjoy the walk there (taxi back), pull up a stool, soak up the aroma and tap your feet to whatever quality music is playing... coz it won't be around for much longer and when it's gone, you'll really miss it, whether you went there or not.
    Written February 8, 2012
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  • galjulie
    Belfast, UK164 contributions
    This bar has been closed down for years. Not sure why it is still on Trip Advisor??

    Used to be a great bar with live bands. Nightmare to get home from though! And then you had the Rotterdam next door - also gone :(
    Written October 30, 2016
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