The Boathouse History

The Old Boathouse building in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, has a rich history dating back to the 19th century. Originally constructed as a shelter for fishermen and their boats, it played a crucial role in the fishing industry along the River Bann. Over the years, the building evolved to serve various purposes, including a storage facility for fishing equipment and a social gathering spot for locals.


The Bann Rowing Club – which occupies the ground floor of the Boathouse building – was founded in the late 1800s, the club quickly became a hub for rowing enthusiasts and competitive athletes alike. With a focus on promoting the sport of rowing and fostering a sense of community among its members, the Bann Rowing Club grew in popularity and prestige over the years.

The Water Margin Restaurant

The Water Margin Restaurant was opened in August 1993.