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One of the most unusual and striking attractions in Belfast is the Big Fish.

Located on Donegall Quay, close to the Lagan Lookout and Custom House, the 10-metre long sculpture is loved by visitors and natives of the city alike.

This stunning piece of art was commissioned to celebrate the regeneration of the River Lagan. The location is especially significant as it is where the Lagan meets the Farset – the river that the city of Belfast is named after.

The Big Fish was sculpted by multimedia artist John Kindness, a native of the city who also attended the Belfast College of Art.

Completed in 1999, visitors will be attracted to the grand scale of the Big Fish and few leave the city without a souvenir photo.

A printed ceramic mosaic, the outer skin of the sculpture is made up of a cladding of individual ceramic tiles, each decorated with an image or text celebrating Belfast’s rich and varied history from Tudor times right up to the modern day.

Many of the images were sourced from the Ulster Museum, but children from the local schools also contributed drawings that appear on the skin of the fish.

Commissioned at a time when Belfast was starting to rediscover its confidence in a proud past and an exciting future, the Big Fish is a compelling – if somewhat unconventional – highlight of an exciting city.

One of the most unusual and striking attractions in Belfast is the Big Fish.

Located on Donegall Quay, close to the Lagan Lookout and Custom House, the 10-metre long sculpture is loved by visitors and natives of the city alike.

This stunning piece of art was commissioned to celebrate the regeneration of the River Lagan. The location is especially significant as it is where the Lagan meets the Farset – the river that the city of Belfast is named after.

The Big Fish was sculpted by multimedia artist John Kindness, a native of the city who also attended the Belfast College of Art.

Completed in 1999, visitors will be attracted to the grand scale of the Big Fish and few leave the city without a souvenir photo.

A printed ceramic mosaic, the outer skin of the sculpture is made up of a cladding of individual ceramic tiles, each decorated with an image or text celebrating Belfast’s rich and varied history from Tudor times right up to the modern day.

Many of the images were sourced from the Ulster Museum, but children from the local schools also contributed drawings that appear on the skin of the fish.

Commissioned at a time when Belfast was starting to rediscover its confidence in a proud past and an exciting future, the Big Fish is a compelling – if somewhat unconventional – highlight of an exciting city.

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Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre
Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre
3.5 out of 5
Hope Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $113 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Opera House, Ulster Hall, and Belfast City Hall. Queen's University of Belfast ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,113 reviews)
"Good value for Money. Nothing too special but perfect for what we needed."

Reviewed on Jun. 14, 2021

Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre
Maldron Hotel Belfast City
Maldron Hotel Belfast City
4 out of 5
20 Brunswick Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $131 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 7
Located in Belfast City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Grand Opera House and Ulster Hall. Belfast City Hall and St. George's Market are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (974 reviews)
"Great location!"

Reviewed on May 31, 2021

Maldron Hotel Belfast City
Grand Central Hotel Belfast
Grand Central Hotel Belfast
4 out of 5
9-15 Bedford Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $192 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is steps from Ulster Hall and Grand Opera House. Belfast City Hall and St. George's Market are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (369 reviews)
"Hotel, staff and location of the hotel was amazing!!"

Reviewed on Jun. 12, 2021

Grand Central Hotel Belfast
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Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre
Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre
3.5 out of 5
Hope Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $113 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre
Maldron Hotel Belfast City
Maldron Hotel Belfast City
4 out of 5
20 Brunswick Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $131 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 7
Maldron Hotel Belfast City
Grand Central Hotel Belfast
Grand Central Hotel Belfast
4 out of 5
9-15 Bedford Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $192 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Grand Central Hotel Belfast
Clayton Hotel Belfast
Clayton Hotel Belfast
4 out of 5
22-26 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $136 per night from Jul 13 to Jul 13
Clayton Hotel Belfast
Malmaison Belfast
Malmaison Belfast
4 out of 5
34-38 Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $131 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Malmaison Belfast
Bullitt Hotel
Bullitt Hotel
4 out of 5
40a Church Lane, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $139 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Bullitt Hotel
Titanic Hotel Belfast
Titanic Hotel Belfast
4.5 out of 5
Queen's Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $179 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Titanic Hotel Belfast
Jurys Inn Belfast
Jurys Inn Belfast
4 out of 5
Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $113 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Jurys Inn Belfast
The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast
The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast
5 out of 5
Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $185 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 7
The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.