My first time to this area, yes I know unbelievable as I live so close. We walk down the side of the Odyssey building and turn the corner and wow, it’s like I’m transported somewhere completely different, I can’t believe what I’m seeing. A small marina is before me with an abundance of expensive boats all moored, owners sitting on decks enjoying a tipple, their dogs lying at their feet enjoying the heat from the sun on their backs. As we follow the railings around I spot some luxurious apartments ahead, what an amazing view they have right over the River Lagan, Marina and of course the Titanic building to the right of them. An entire little community development with eateries and shops along the bottom of the buildings, what I wouldn’t do to be in the position to live here. With the sun beating down, yes I know hard to believe from Belfast In October you would think you were in a European City.
The dry dock is ahead, housing The Nomadic, tours are available on this vessel so I will most definitely be returning, just behind it, I spot The Caisson which was used as a hollow gate which closed the entrance to the dock.
We cross the road and straight in front of us stands the most magnificently beautiful building I have ever seen, architecturally based on the design and size of the hull of the Titanic itself, water way’s surround the building giving it a feeling of being afloat, it’s so impressive and a photographer’s dream. The area has seen a massive influx of 1 million visitors per year over the last few years and many are of course drawn to the replica staircase where you can stand and have your pictures taken, taking you back in time and giving you a small insight into what it would have been like on the real deal. Many stay and have afternoon tea which I am lead to believe is magnificent. The Building also hosts 9 interactive galleries and you can hold your own wedding in the building, now how impressive would that be.
To the right of the building are the Harland & Wolff drawing rooms built in 1886, these hold a very special place in my heart as my Father worked here for many years. This building is now being redesigned into a Boutique Hotel.
Like most of the area, vast amounts of money is being ploughed into redeveloping it and turning an area that had become rather unloved into something rather spectacular.
Photo credit to my husband for the stunning pictures @stuartharperphotography