2012 was a very special year for Northern Ireland – it marked the 100 year anniversary of the completion and sinking of the Titanic – a story that has captured the hearts & imagination of the world. In March 2012 the eagerly awaited Titanic Belfast opened its doors to the public & an iconic visitor attraction was born. If you haven’t visited – Titanic Belfast is a real must, but it’s not the only Titanic experience in Belfast! We’ve lots more to offer those Titanoraks out there! Here’s a handy guide for all those must see attractions…
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100 years after the maiden voyage of Titanic, the story surrounding the great liner continues to resonate throughout the world and naturally, Belfast as the birth place of the ship is now home to the world’s largest interactive visitor centre dedicated to the vessel and the ensuing tragedy. The Titanic Experience takes visitors on a journey through no fewer than 9 galleries from the late 19th century, right up to the present day. Visit late 1800’s Belfast, meet the men who worked on Titanic and experience what life on board was truly like from the joy of boarding to the devastation at saying goodbye to loved ones. The visitor experience will take you to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean – the final resting place for what was in 1912 – the largest moving object ever created by man. The centre is home to bars, restaurants, gift & souvenir shops & has already welcomed over half a millions visitors so far this year!
Titanic Dockers Cafe @ T-13 Skate Park
If you’re planning a trip down to the Titanic Quarter – then a stop off at Belfast’s docker themed eatery; Crane View Kitchens & Dockers lounge is a must. Located at T-13 – Ireland’s only indoor skate park, it’s only a few minutes walk from Titanic Belfast & offers a truly authentic taste of Belfast. Step back in time & experience the bustle of a Belfast ship-workers lunch room complete with bottled milk, hearty stews & Titanic Ale. So what’s on offer…simple, tasty & authentic fare set in impressive surroundings. Offering panoramic views of Samson and Goliath, the Dockers Lounge is decorated entirely with Recycled materials – the cafe itself is appropriately designed in the shape of the hull of a ship and filled with large open benches making it a great spot for groups and a chance to mix with other patrons. Visitors can choose from a range of traditional fresh produce from the docker inspired menu – including the Northern Irish favourite toasted Veda Bread & the much loved Belfast Bap – served with traditional pickles, Steamed Ham & Guinness cheese – well worth trying!
The World’s only Titanic Boat Tour
Find out all about the world famous ship with the Lagan Boat Company on the Titanic Boat Tour. The 1 hour boat trip is filled with interesting facts & gives you some great views of Belfast Harbour. The tour isn’t rushed & there’s plenty of time to ask as many questions as you wish. Visitors get the chance to see original photos of the shipyard and Belfast giving you a real insider view into this historic, world famous story whilst also seeing all the key Titanic attractions & sights including some modern additions to Belfast Harbour such as Titanic Studios - where the popular series Game of Thrones is filmed.
Titanic Dock & Pump House
Titanic’s last footprint on land, the Thompson Dry Dock was built to accommodate the near 900 feet length of Titanic & Olympic. The largest dry dock in the world at the time, it was here that Titanic was fitted out. Discover the story behind Belfast’s maritime magic at the site of the Thompson Dry-Dock and Pump-House, once the beating heart of Harland & Wolff during the construction of the great White Star Liners – the Britannic, Olympic and most famously, the Titanic. Today the Pump-House comprises of a Visitor Centre & Cafe, Interpretative Centre, meeting rooms & event space.
Uncover the Titanic Trail
If you want to explore all the key sights then take in the Titanic Trail and uncover the entire story of the Titanic. Journey from the new Titanic Memorial Garden at Belfast City Hall through the City to the Titanic Quarter, where you will discover the key Titanic & Maritime Heritage attractions including SS Nomadic, Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices, Titanic Belfast Visitor Attraction, Titanic & Olympic Slipways, and Titanic’s Dock & Pump-House.
You can use your smart phone to plan your trail in advance by visiting ni2012.com/trails on your mobile device or scan the QR codes when you’re at each key point. View all points and discover which are closest to your location and plan your next stop using our simple map. Check-in and share! Share your location and photos with your friends and family by checking in at each point on either Foursquare or Facebook
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