HISTORIC TIMELINE

William Dargan constructs the first commuter railway line in Ireland between Dublin and Kingstown (now Dún Laoghaire).

William Dargan

© Mary Evans Picture Library

The Belfast and
Ballymena Railway
Company (BBRC),
which commissions
The Gobbins path, is
founded.

The railway companies
organised excursion
trips to beauty spots like
Whitehead, where they
developed attractions to
lure visitors.

With the arrival of the steam train in the 19th century it became possible to move large amounts of people and goods in relatively short times.

Above
Boyne Viaduct, Drogheda (1878) by Henry Roper-Curzon (1822-1892)
Presented by Mrs Montgomery Bealieu House, 1948. Drogheda Municipal Art Collection, Highlanes Gallery

Construction begins on the Boyne Viaduct, an engineering marvel that completes the railway connection between Belfast and Dublin.

Berkeley Deane Wise, the
visionary engineer who
creates The Gobbins path,
is born in Wexford.

Below
The house where Wise was born in New Ross, Co Wexford.
Courtesy of Berkeley Forest House

BBRC, now the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway Company, extends the railway line to Larne, making it Ireland's major port for Scottish visitors.

Above
Company seal of the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway Company.
From The Northern Counties Railway by J R L Currie (drawings by J D C
Charlton and E N Calvert-Harrison)

BERKELEY DEANE WISE

The man who masterminded The Gobbins path

Following his apprenticeship on the challenging Bray Head Line on the coast south of Dublin, Berkeley Deane Wise becomes an assistant engineer with the Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford Railway Company at just 22 years old.

Above
The coastal line near Bray Head claimed two lives when this viaduct collapsed in 1867 - just a few years before Wise began designing bridges and tunnels on the same stretch.
From The Illustrated London News, 24 August 1867

Berkeley Deane Wise is appointed Chief Engineer of the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway (BNCR) and is soon designing new railway stations at Larne, Portrush, Carrickfergus and elsewhere.

Below
Railway Station at Portrush designed by Wise, around 1900.
Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland Collection Ulster Folk & Transport Museum



Wise completes a scenic path with bridges at Blackhead. Was this the inspiration for his more ambitious path at The Gobbins?

Wise's dream is about
to be realised:

Work starts on
the first path
at The Gob

Above
Poster advertising The Gobbins from 1954.
Courtesy of the Hawkins family, The Rinkha



Wise's path is promoted as having, 'No parallel in Europe as a marine cliff walk'. Thousands of visitors testify to its unique appeal.

The Gobbins path is opened for the first time




Above
Postcard of Man O'War.
Courtesy of PJ O'Donnell

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Work is well underway at The Gobbins and the attraction is on track to reopen in time for the peak summer season.

 

The Gobbins Path tour will operate for two/thirds of the path up until the Man ‘o’War sea stack. Visitors will be also have an additional guided tour of Portmuck harbour where they will learn about the sea life, geology and history of this picturesque gem in Islandmagee.

 

Tours will be held hourly from 10am to 6pm and each tour will last approx. 2.5 hours. Booking prices and conditions are available via out website www.thegobbinscliffpath.com.

 

Priority booking will be given to members of the public who have previously had tours cancelled due to our closure last year.

Have you a gift card from The Gobbins which you havent used yet? We are also giving priority to those with a gift card to book for the summer season before we open sales on general release.

The Gobbins guest relations team are currently welcoming inquiries from anyone holding a valid gift card. To inquire further, please don’t hesitate to contact the Gobbins Visitors Centre on 02893372318 quoting your gift card number (found at the bottom of your gift card).

 

 

Once priority booking is complete, tickets will be put on general release at the beginning of June through our website.

 

We will update you again once the on line booking has gone live.

 

If you have any queries, please contact us on 028 9337 2318.

 

 

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