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The Bobbin coffee shop

The Bobbin Coffee Shop reopened on 24 April 2017 with limited trading hours until the new visitor exhibition opens. Apologies for any inconvenience. 

From 16 May, The Bobbin will be fully operation full operational Monday to Sunday, covering all exhibition opening times and will be open on Public and Bank Holidays that the exhibition is open.

Loaf Catering took over the management of The Bobbin in September 2014. Loaf Catering is a social enterprise that runs cafés and an outside catering business. It's part of the NOW Group, so profits from Loaf Catering are reinvested to provide opportunities for people with barriers to learning and employment. 

Opening times

 Public notice
From 24 April 2017 to 15 May 2017
Monday to Friday
9am - 5pm
10am - 5pm
From 16 May 2017
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri
Saturday and Sunday

9am - 5pm
9am - 7.30pm
10am - 5pm

Opening of the Bobbin

The Bobbin coffee shop and exhibition area was added to Belfast City Hall as part of its £11 million refurbishment programme in 2007 - 2009.

This is currently closed due to refurbishments.

History behind the name

The linen industry was the first in Belfast to become mechanised during our industrial revolution in the 1820s.

A bobbin is a spindle or cylinder on which yarn or thread is wound. Bobbins were also used on a larger scale in other industries such as ropemaking.

The bobbin was a lowly but essential part of this industry, produced in their tens of thousands, and used in all looms.

Contact us
City Hall
Donegall Square,