Belfast & Northern Ireland

Custom House

  Custom House Square     more than a year ago
The chiselled heads of Neptune, Britannia and Mercury gaze down from this stately 1850's Italianite building whose sweeping steps have long been a platform for protests and speeches galvanising the working man. Look out for the bronze sculpture of a Speaker representing this oratorical past. Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope used to work here, and is commemorated with a Blue Plaque. The pedestrianised Square provides a sparkly space for Sk8er Bois, science toys, illuminated fountains tracing the reclaimed River Farset, Belfast's oldest drinking fountain for horses and the occasional al fresco event.


City centre location


Though usually closed to the public, the building opens during September's European Open Heritage Days.


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