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Steven Patterson, founder of Hometown Tours Belfast stands under a large sculpture in Belfast's Sailortown district

 Sailortown Docklands Dander


Explore the earliest days of shipbuilding in Belfast and walk in the footsteps of the sailors, dockers, and their families who lived and worked in the once vibrant and multicultural Sailortown. 

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This relaxed two-hour walking tour starts on the spot that gives Belfast its name and visits the nearby ‘Big Fish’ sculpture before walking along the riverside pathway to Sailortown, where 5000 people once lived, worked and set sail across the world. 

Along the way we’ll explore the legacy of this incredibly rich and diverse part of Belfast’s history and hear the community’s plans for regenerating their area.


We’ll visit the amazing Sinclair Seamen’s Church with its fascinating collection of maritime memorabilia, St. Joseph’s church - now a vibrant community hub and arts venue and the magnificent Belfast Harbour Commissioners Building with its permanent exhibition ‘A Port That Built A City’ which documents the lives of the people of Sailortown, Belfast’s legacy as a major European port. Visitors will even get to see the famous Captain's Table destined for the Titanic but which missed its delivery deadline!

Meeting Point:

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Meeting Point: Meet at The Big Fish

Walking Tour Information

Our standard walking tours are guided by local experts with a personal connection to the routes we travel and the communities we meet along the way. 

£20 per person,
No booking fee.

2 Hours at a 
Relaxed Pace

Start Point: 
Big Fish sculpture

Big Fish sculpture

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Sailortown Docklands Dander

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