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The Gobbins Coastal Path

The Gobbins cliff path, which was built in 1902 in its heyday attracted more visitors than the Giant's Causeway, will cost approximately £6million to restore with approximately £3.5 million of the funding coming through the Special European Union's Programmes Body's INTERREG IVA funds supported by the Department of Enterprise. Larne Borough Council has allocated £2million to the Gobbins element of the project and a further £200,000 of funding has come from the Ulster Garden Villages organisation.

Gobbins Cliff Path was built along the base of the Gobbins Cliff in Islandmagee in 1902 and in its heyday attracted more visitors than the Giant's Causeway

The original path was designed by Berkley Dean Wise for the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway Company as a commercial venture to attract passengers to use their rail link between Belfast and Whitehead

The path was ¾ of a mile long and linked by a series of spectacular metal bridges which were incredible feats of engineering in themselves

Larne Borough Council and the local community have been instrumental in informing the vision of a recent cross-border study into Cliff Path attractions, which recommends the restoration of the Gobbins Cliff Path as a major visitor attraction.

The restoration plans include the creation of an exciting visitor/community building in Islandmagee to manage visitors to the Gobbins. It is estimated that in the first year of its operation the newly restored path will attract 70,000 visitors on fully-guided 'experience tours' which will interpret the history and heritage of the site, its flora and fauna and its geological features

The Gobbins Path will become an internationally recognised visitor attraction and a significant contributor to the success of the Causeway Coastal Route.

 

The Titanic Centenary Celebrations in Antrim Coast

Belfast's most famous construction, the Titanic, which was built in the city's Harland & Wolff's shipyard in 1912, sank on her maiden voyage. Designed by Belfast engineer Thomas Andrews, Titanic was the largest man-made moving object in the world, and Belfast was at the very heart of Britain's shipbuilding industry.

Thomas Andrews sailed with Titanic, and was the first person to realise that his great ship was doomed. He ordered an immediate evacuation and helped many of the survivors off the ship, but Andrews himself and 1,500 passengers were drowned. Computer-generated reconstruction of the Titanic Using computer generated images and rare archive film, we've put Titanic back on the huge Belfast slipway where she was built.

Today Harland & Wolff is no longer building ships, but is still a working yard. It has the largest dry dock in Europe, which is now used to repair and maintain huge oil rigs and ferries.

 

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