Up the Obel

It’s currently the tallest building in Ireland and it towers over the City of Belfast at 27 storeys high. The building is a mix of offices and apartments, but just to be clear, we weren’t in our penthouse apartment or anything else quite so grand. We were in fact on a tour provided by the Lagan Boat Company.
We arranged to meet them at the big fish before heading round to the Obel for what started out as a nosey and ended up being a very informative tour. The tour was a whopping £10 but as it was going towards the Lagan Legacy charity, we felt at least it was worth it.
The tour takes place in one of the penthouse apartments and our very knowledgeable guide talked and talked and talked. But wow, how fascinating. Her knowledge and obvious passion for the Belfast Docks, the Titanic, the Lagan and the maritime history of Belfast, made the tour worth the £10.
The views over the City taking in Cave Hill, the Titanic Quarter and right round to Stormont and beyond are quite special. And a photo in the apartment let’s us compare the docks area in the 70’s with it’s current 21st Century reincarnation.
If you get the opportunity, we would definitely recommend this unique tour with it’s unique views over our unique city with it’s unique history.
So thanks to the Lagan Boat Company and also to their Lagan Legacy venture for highlighting, but also preserving, what is left of Belfast’s Maritime history.


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4 thoughts on “Up the Obel

    Melita Florence Williams

    (July 19, 2011 - 2:16 pm)

    That tour sounds great. Is the info on it in the BVCB Welcome Centre? would it be good for a visitor who is interested in ‘industrial architecture’, with the views etc?

    Thanks for the detailed description!


      (July 19, 2011 - 2:24 pm)

      thanks for getting in touch. I’m not sure if the welcome centre would have details of it. Probably best to contact the Lagan Boat company on 028 90330844.
      The tour really looks at the Maritime History of the city and the docks so I’m sure it may have some Industrial Architecture interest.

    Neil Salt

    (July 18, 2011 - 11:18 pm)

    What a difference the same place looks


      (July 18, 2011 - 11:34 pm)

      Yeah, I loved comparing the two very different views!

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