Exterior Riverside

Belfast’s maritime heritage stretches back centuries; and the success of the Port of Belfast is testament to the ingenuity and enterprise of numerous individuals, many of whom were of Ulster-Scots pedigree.

The Pump House was originally built for the Alexandra Dock and it serviced both the Alexandra Dock and the Thompson Dock.  A beautiful Edwardian building, its red brick and cream stonework have been conserved and its appearance is virtually unchanged from the days when Titanic glided into the dock, right down to the great arched windows and handsome clock tower.

Looking to the right you will see HMS Caroline berthed in the newly refurbished Alexandra Dock. A decommissioned C-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy, it is one of only three surviving Navy warships that saw combat service in the First World War.

In recent years, the area around Belfast’s historic docks and along the River Lagan has been transformed.  Belfast’s Titanic Quarter is now the most popular area of the city for visitors with numerous tourist attractions that reflect the city’s maritime heritage.