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Banana Block

Portview Trade Centre, 310 Newtownards Road, Belfast, County Antrim, BT4 1HE
Banana Block Entrance and Exterior Mural

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Banana Block is a new living museum and events space set within a historic linen mill and inspired by the curious connections between Belfast and bananas. Peel the banana a little further and you’ll find a space for original ideas, creative learning and new connections.

A space for celebrating eccentric histories and creating incredible futures.  We have no Bananas but....we have a Record Store, A mushroom Farm, Cheese Makers, A pop up cafe space, a Banana Ring, Banana beer and an incredible line up of local artists and producers.

The Banana Ring - Central to Banana Block is an interactive display of banana plants and other rare species which we are growing in homage to the mill’s former gardener, William Richardson, who was one of the first people to cultivate bananas in the British Isles.

East Block Bazaar -  The East Block Bazaar is our resident monthly market made up of local artisan producers, makers, growers, vintage and curios. Produced in partnership with Little Fox Events- the brains behind the Belfast Flea and Bazaar markets at St Anne’s Cathedral- this market breathes life into Sundays in the East. Think Sunday markets in East London or the Rastro in Madrid – it’s a place to meander round, pick up local handmade gifts, meet friends, eat, drink or sweep away the hangover cobwebs.  Set to a backdrop of carefully curated music by Sound Advice and Banana Block.   Takes place the last Sunday of every month. Free entry.

We run a range of events from exhibitions, workshops, tours and we know how to throw a party. Visit our What's On section of our website for more details. 

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  • Guide dogs permitted
  • Toilets for disabled visitors


  • Bar
  • Cater for vegetarians
  • Licensed
  • Local Produce
  • Serve lunch
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age)
  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Accommodation nearby
  • Cater for Corporate events
  • Cater for individuals
  • Cater for school groups
  • Event venue
  • Family Fun
  • Groups accepted
  • Pets accepted
  • Toilets
  • Wi-fi available

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Dogs Welcome Inside
  • In town/city centre

Specialist Features

  • Marketed as gay friendly
  • Marketed as green/environmentally friendly

Map & Directions

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Wednesday - Saturday10:00 - 18:00
Sunday13:00 - 18:00

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Map & Directions

Public Transport Directions

How to get to us.

By Car:  Portview has a no parking policy unless private circumstances are arranged in advance, however disabled and family parking is available. Accessed from Lower Newtownards Road next to Brown’s Funeral Parlour. Nearest parking is at Connswater Retail Park. 

By Public Transport:

Bus :If you’re coming in from the city centre or central station of Belfast you can either take the G1 glider towards Dundonald and it will drop you on the Albertbridge Road (Connswater stop) or get off at Newtownards Road (Hollywood arches stop). Metro 3 Service and Ulsterbus services stop outside Portview Trade Centre. 

Train: Titanic Train halt is a 10 minute walk to Portview Trade Centre. 

Bike: Limited bike parking onsite. Coca-Cola bikes available at CS Lewis Square. 

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