The Torpedo Platform

The Torpedo Platform, Antrim: Tickets, Tours, Address, The Torpedo Platform Reviews: 4/5

The Torpedo Platform
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks
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8 reviews
Very good

Northern Ireland, UK141 contributions
NOISY visit
Jun 2020 • Solo
I took my paddle board out there today past the platform without realising what it was. Thanks to a marvelous review someone (@letterkennycaint) left in 2013 I felt compelled to leave this.
It's covered in hundreds of birds and it's really really noisy. I'm pretty sure they didn't appreciate me on the way back.
I wouldn't have thought of it as an 'attraction' as its hard to make out much from the shore but if you're into that history and you canoe/paddle/boat then get out there and have a look!
Written June 25, 2020
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Bry B
Carrickfergus, UK126 contributions
A View from the shore
Mar 2020
A Wartime relic where they used to test torpedoes from the nearby torpedo factory. I only recently found out that is what it was. Unfortunately you need a boat to get up close. The buildings have long gone and it's home to the birds and gulls now. Still of interest if you are interested in that sort of thing.
Written March 10, 2020
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Lynn G
7 contributions
Well worth a visit by boat
Nov 2018 • Family
We went to the Torpedo Platform as part of a cruise on Lough Neagh with Abhainn Cruises Boat Tours and this was just one of the stunning sights we seen. Really enjoyed seeing this important part of our history and also seeing how it has been repurposed by the Lough Neagh bird life.
Written November 5, 2018
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Tyrone364 contributions
Interesting piece of history
May 2017 • Family
My wife is from Antrim but was not aware of the history of this particular structure. Car parking is good, there is a cafe nearby and the scenery is quite pleasant. You can walk into Rea's wood from here along the lough shore which is quite a nice walk. Platform is quite dilapidated now and there is no access to it (unless you have a boat)
Written May 29, 2017
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Columbus, OH1,011 contributions
Interesting historical site
Feb 2017 • Couples
While it is not much to see, the history behind this platform is interesting and as far as views, for an avid birdwatcher this is a very good spot as the platform is now covered with gulls, terns and cormorants.
Written February 26, 2017
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Ray R
Antrim, UK12 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
Totally dislike this platform I think it spoils the landscape. It's covered in rust and it's an eyesore. The downside is the birds will have nowhere to congregate.
Written October 8, 2014
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Magherafelt, UK47 contributions
sail to torpedo platform
Sep 2013 • Couples
the way to torpedo factory in antrim town follow the sign for leasure centre drive onpast as far as you can drive this takes you to a car park where you can view the torpedo platform .even better the maid of antrim boat sail to the platform and to shanes castle and returns to antrim every sunday from12 on the hour to 5 pm {easter to halloween}.. the address given for this attraction is ballyronan in fact it is onthe outskirts of antrim town. the boat is well worth the visit
Written March 19, 2014
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Letterkenny, Ireland12,415 contributions
Surely the "Tourist Board" couldn't sent you to the wrong location?
Mar 2013 • Solo
It took me three weeks to find this gem. I'm not kidding! However, it was not my fault, actually, believe it or not, it was the "Northern Ireland Tourist Boards" They have it listed as being in Co. Tyrone, when it's actually in Co. Antrim, 17.5 miles away, on the far side of the Lough. What happened was, I had some business in Cookstown, on St. Patrick's Day, and wanted to seek out the Ardboe Cross, which is close to where we were. So after spending hours locating the Cross, as there is absolutely no signage, we decided to visit the Torpedo Platform, which is listed as places to visit nearby, by the "NITB".

When I heard of the Platform, I did a little research, and could not find any other similar attraction on earth, so, I have to go. After all, this is going to be something special. So, now we have the only one worldwide, on our doorstep, and yet we're not promoting it. Surely, this is going to attract tourists from all over the globe. "If you have it, flaunt it" as we are always reminded. We've all heard about the biggest, highest, smallest, longest etc bars in Ireland, but not a mention of the "only one on earth"

So we head off from Ardboe to Ballyroan [where we are told it is], and that in itself, is some job, because again, there are no signs. When we do eventually arrive at the address provided by the "NITB", we can see no sign of the Platform, so we start asking locals, who find it very amusing, as they never heard of it either. Now, we are in the "The Marina Centre" and find a very friendly lady, who works there, and she informs us, that there's no Platform in the vicinity, but to ring the "NITB" the next day [it's a bank holiday], and they will help us.

I e-mail, but do not receive a reply for some days, telling me it's in Co. Antrim, not Tyrone. Honestly. Some days later, I get another e-mail, giving me the map co-ordinates, but I don't possess a sat-nav, so that's no use. No apology, just a silly reason as to why it's wrongly listed. I wonder how many hapless tourists, have been in this position, before us?

So, while in Antrim, a couple of weeks later, I decide, I gonna find this Platform, one way or another. I was informed that it was situated in the Lough Shore Park, close to the city, so decide to visit the local Tourist Office first, just in case.... The sign sent me into town, and another limp sign sent me to the left, but, it was a dead end, and no sight of the office. Back I go to the sign, and turn left, only to find myself in Dunne's Stores delivery area. I reverse out, and make a decision to park the car, and seek it out on foot. When I arrive back at the sign, I ask two locals, where to go, and they both send me to the right, up to a shop, painted yellow. Locals can't be wrong, so up I go, only to find myself in a travel agents, who find it all very amusing, but direct me back down the street, to the old courthouse, where I finally find the elusive Tourist Office" I took me 45 minutes to find it!!

I can't give up now, not after 3 weeks searching and researching, so in I go, and find a very helpful young lady, who gives me a free map, marks the Platform on it, takes me over to the window, and points me in the right direction. It only took me 10 more minutes after this to find it. Maybe this young lady should be in charge of listing, and promoting tourist attractions in Northern Ireland!!!!

Now, I have to admit that the Plartform might not be everyones cup of tea, but it is, however, the only one on earth, and I can say "I was there", proudly. And I will. What a shame this attraction is not getting the promotion it deserves. I bet the Americans would love it.
Written April 17, 2013
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