Belfast and the Titanic will forever be linked together in history. It was in Belfast that the RMS Titanic would be designed, built, tested, and launched out to sea. In 1912, she was the world’s largest and most luxurious ship. However, it would be the ship’s tragic sinking on her maiden voyage, rather than her construction, that would make the Titanic famous around the world.
Although the world’s most famous ship may lie at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, you can still find close links to the ship in Belfast today. You can visit the Titanic Belfast, which is a large visitor attraction that tells the story of the RMS Titanic from her design and construction to the sinking and its aftermath. It is located next to where the Titanic was built and is the largest attraction in the world dedicated to the story of the Titanic. It has become one of the most visited attractions in Northern Ireland.
In addition to the Titanic Belfast, there are several other places in Belfast you may want to visit if you are interested in seeing more places related to the Titanic. These include the slipway where the ship was built, the former Harland & Wolff Headquarters and Drawing Offices where the Titanic was designed, the dry dock for the ship, one of the tender ships built to serve the RMS Titanic, the Ulster Transport Museum, and the city’s Titanic memorial.
Of course, Belfast’s shipbuilding and maritime history consists of more than just the legacy of the Titanic and there are a number of other sites in Belfast that may be of interest to visitors. These include the city’s Waterfront area, the HMS Caroline, a maritime-themed church, and the Belfast Barge Museum.
We’ve been lucky to visit Belfast a few times and have visited all these Titanic and maritime-related attractions. We’ll share lots of information and advice on visiting the Titanic Belfast as well as the many other Titanic sites and maritime attractions in and around Belfast. We’ll also include details of how to book tickets, where to stay in the Titanic Quarter, how to make the most of your time in Belfast, and where to find out more information about the Titanic.
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A Brief History of Belfast and the Titanic
Belfast had become a major industrial city by the early 19th century, with linen production, tobacco processing, rope-making, and shipbuilding being four of its major industries. By the mid-19th century, the shipbuilding industry employed more people in Belfast than any other and the Harland & Wolff shipyard was one of the world’s largest shipyards.
Harland and Wolff would establish a reputation as being the world’s leading builder of ocean liners and it built most of the ships for the White Star Line. These would include the three Olympic-class ocean liners, the Olympic (1911), Titanic (1912), and Britannic (1915). These three ships were designed to be the largest, safest, and most luxurious passenger ships in the world.
In July 1908, the White Star Line approved the design and building of the ocean liners by Harland & Wolff. The ships were to be constructed on Queen’s Island (now known as the Titanic Quarter) in Belfast Harbour. The construction of the Olympic and Titanic took place almost in parallel with the construction of the Olympic beginning in December 1908 and the Titanic in March 1909.
The construction of the Titanic and her sister ships was a major engineering feat as ships of this size had never been built before. It required new slipways, new equipment, new dry docks, and the building of a new gantry crane, the Arrol Gantry. The Titanic would be launched on May 31, 1911, her fitting out would be completed by the end of May 1912, and her sea trials and completion would take place on April 2, 1912.
The RMS Titanic was the largest ship ever built at the time (being slightly heavier than the Olympic). The ship was 882 feet and 9 inches long, 92 feet and 6 inches in breadth, 104 feet in height, and 46,328 gross register tons in weight. The grand ship was designed with a capacity of accommodating 2,453 passengers and over 900 crew members.
The Titanic would leave Belfast on April 2, 1912, right after completing its sea trials. The RMS Titanic was registered in Liverpool but planned to primarily operate out of Southampton. The Titanic left Belfast and headed to Southampton to get ready for its maiden voyage. The ship would arrive into Southampton around midnight on April 4, 1912.
Titanic‘s maiden voyage plan was to do a transatlantic crossing from Southampton, England to New York in the USA with stops at both Cherbourg, France and Queenstown (now called Cobn), Ireland. On her return east to Southampton, she was supposed to stop at Plymouth, England. The RMS Titanic set off as planned from Southampton on April 10, 1912, making her stops at both Cherbourg and Queenstown without incident.
Aboard the Titanic, sent from Belfast, were nine Harland & Wolff employees known a the Guarantee Group. These nine men had a variety of skills and occupations and included 3 fitters, 1 draughtsman, 1 plumber, 2 electricians, 1 joiner, and the chief designer Thomas Andrews. These men were chosen to join the maiden voyage because of their skills and hard work. Their job was to make sure that the Titanic had a smooth maiden voyage and to check on any issues during the sailing.
Disaster would strike on April 14, 1912, just four days into her transatlantic crossing. At 11:40 pm, the ship would hit an iceberg while sailing about 375 miles off the coast of Newfoundland. The collision would cause water to start seeping into the ship. About 2 hours and 40 minutes later the ship would be completely sunk. Around 4:00 am the RMS Carpathia, a Cunard ship, would arrive to rescue survivors. It picked up about 710 survivors from the 20 Titanic lifeboats and took them to New York City.
Tragically, about 1,512 people are believed to have perished that night. Most are believed to have died as a result of being in the freezing waters which caused cardiac arrest and hypothermia, and many others from drowning. Most bodies of the victims were never found or were buried at sea. Of the 209 victim bodies which were retrieved for burial, 150 are buried in cemeteries in Halifax, Nova Scotia and the rest were transported to victims’ families for burial.
Lots of factors likely contributed to the Titanic‘s sinking and the huge loss of life. Most believe that both the collision and the huge loss of life could have been prevented. Factors such as ignorance by the Titanic‘s captain about warnings of icebergs in the area, poor preparation of the crew for such an event, the lack of lifeboats aboard the ship, underfilling of the lifeboats, widespread belief that the ship was unsinkable, issues with wireless communication, and the SS California’s (the closest ship) ignorance of the Titanic‘s flares and distress calls likely all played some role. The sinking of the Titanic would lead to stricter maritime safety regulations.
In Belfast, as in the rest of the world, the news of the Titanic‘s sinking and the huge loss of life came as a distressing shock. At least 22 men from Belfast are believed to have died in the disaster, including one of the ship’s architects Thomas Andrews. Funds were raised for victims’ families, church memorial services were held, and money was collected for a local memorial.
However, after the initial outrage and grief wore off, Belfast distanced itself from the Titanic and it became a somewhat taboo subject. The shipyard and the city did not want to be associated with the disaster. And for a long time, there was a sense of local shame attached to the fact that the Titanic had been built in Belfast. A long string of difficult events following the sinking—two World Wars, the Great Depression, the partition of Ireland, the decline in shipbuilding, and the Troubles—may have also contributed to a lack of interest in talking about the Titanic tragedy.
However, this attitude to the Titanic would begin to shift at the end of the 20th century due to two main events. The first was the discovery of the shipwreck in 1985 by American retired naval officer Robert Ballard which caused a lot of renewed interest in the ship and its history. It also provided new information on what had happened to the ship.
The second was the worldwide success and popularity of James Cameron’s 1997 film Titanic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. If you were alive in 1997/1998 during “Titanic Mania” you were undoubtedly aware of this film, its actors, and its theme song “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion.
The city’s close ties to the Titanic and its significance to both its cultural history and to international tourism began to be discussed. Many people felt proud that the Titanic, and so many other ships, had been built in Belfast by local workers over the decades. In 2012, 100 years after the ship had been completed, the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction was officially opened in the newly named and revitalized Titanic Quarter.
The city’s focus on the RMS Titanic as a means of attracting tourists and the gentrification of the now-named Titanic Quarter is not universally loved by the people of Belfast. Some don’t believe that Belfast should focus so much on the ill-fated Titanic and that more needs to be told about the shipbuilding history beyond 1912. Some question whether the area’s revival will have any positive impact on the local working class who had long worked in the quarter. Others say that the projects largely ignore the narratives of the people who worked at the shipyards as well as the sectarian politics and discrimination at the Harold & Wolff shipyard. You can read more of these perspectives in an academic eassy written by Pete Hodson here.
The Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast continued to build ships for decades, including the HMHS Britannic (sister ship to the Olympic and Titanic) and the HMS Belfast (naval light cruiser, now docked in London as a museum ship). However, shipbuilding in the UK would decline sharply after World War II. The company has had a number of owners and undergone a number of changes over the decades. Today, it remains one of the largest dry docks in Europe, and the main focus of the company is on making offshore wind turbines and tidal stream turbines.
Today, Belfast is closely associated with the Titanic and the Titanic Belfast is one of the most visited attractions in Northern Ireland. A lot of visitors come to Belfast because of the city’s association with the ship and are interested in visiting Titanic-related sights and attractions.
Titanic Belfast Visitor Guide
Here is all the information you should need to plan your trip to visit the Titanic Belfast, including how to get to there, how to book tickets, the best times to visit, what to expect during your visit, and where to find more information.
Where is the Titanic Belfast Located?
The Titanic Belfast is located in the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland. It is specifically located in the eastern part of the city alongside the River Lagan in the Titanic Quarter.
The specific address is: Titanic Belfast, 1 Olympic Way, Queen’s Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9EP
How to get to the Titanic Belfast?
The Titanic Belfast is pretty easy to visit by car, public transit, or by walking. It is also a popular stop on city sightseeing bus tours and guided day tours from Dublin.
Depending on where you arrive into Belfast or where you are staying, you may be able to simply walk to the Titanic Belfast. The Titanic Belfast is within a 30 minute walk of most of central Belfast.
Vehicles approaching Belfast on the M1 or M2 should follow the signs to Belfast City Airport M3, taking the first exit for Titanic Quarter. You can park at the attraction. There are over 500 paid parking spaces available in the Titanic Belfast underground car park.
By Public Transit
You can also take public transit to reach the Titanic Belfast. Translink operates regular bus and train services throughout Belfast. For up-to-date information on timetables, connections, and ticket prices please see translink.co.uk.
In addition to the regular public buses, there are also hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses you can take in Belfast that cover all the main attractions in the city. Both the City Sightseeing Buses and the City Tours Belfast buses stop in the Titanic Quarter next to the Titanic Belfast.
Cycling can be another great option for getting around the Titanic Quarter. Titanic Belfast offers free public bicycle parking on the West Plaza outside the main building.
If you don’t have your own bike, you can hire one through the Belfast Bikes Scheme which operates throughout Belfast City Centre. Docking stations can be found at the Odyssey Pavilion and beside SS Nomadic.
Finally, you can also take a taxi and there are a number of taxi companies in Belfast. You can check fares and book ahead here.
At last check, Uber does operate in Belfast, but appears to only take bookings to and from the airport.
Getting to Titanic Belfast from Belfast Airports
Belfast has two airports, the Belfast City Airport and the Belfast International Airport. Options include renting a car, taking a public bus, booking an airport transfer, or taking a taxi to reach Titanic Belfast. You can check public transit connections here.
The Titanic Belfast is about a 10 minute drive from George Best Belfast City Airport and around a 30 minute drive from Belfast International Airport.
Getting to Titanic Belfast from Dublin
From Dublin, you can fly, drive, take a train, take a coach, or join a guided bus tour to Belfast to visit the Titanic Belfast. The journey is about 2 hours by car or 2.5 hours by public transit.
Day tours from Dublin, such as this one, include your transport, guide, and entrance to the Titanic Belfast.
What is there to See & Do at the Titanic Belfast?
Before you even enter the building, you can explore the Titanic slipways and plaza just outside. It is worth it to take at least 20 minutes to explore this area on foot.
You can see the outline of both the Titanic and Olympic on the slipways where the ships were built and launched. There is also a Titanic memorial lawn located on the Olympic slipway. The names of those who died in the shipwreck are set in vertical glass panels on the slipways.
You can also admire the exterior of the building which was built between 2009 and 2012, and opened to the public in 2012. The ship-inspired building has an interesting angular shape and most of it is clad in individual silver anodized aluminum shards. The 6-story building stands at the same height as the Titanic‘s hull. Outside there is also a sculpture of a diving female figure known as the “Titanica” created by Irish sculptor Rowan Gillespie.
Inside, you’ll walk into a large open atrium. From here you can visit the gift shop, eateries, and the information and ticketing area. To enter the galleries and exhibition area, you will need to have a ticket and we recommend booking this in advance.
The Titanic Belfast has nine interpretive and interactive galleries that tell the story of the Titanic that is called the Titanic Experience. The visit is self-guided and you follow a one-way path that takes you through the nine galleries to learn about the Titanic in chronological order.
The first four galleries focus on the design, construction, launch, and fitting out of the Titanic while it was in Belfast. This includes a short shipyard ride in a car that takes visitors on a ride through a recreation of a shipyard that moves through a scale replica of Titanic‘s rudder. In the fitting out area, you get to see recreations of the interiors of different cabin classes, as well as crew quarters, aboard the ship.
The next three galleries focus on the Titanic‘s maiden voyage, sinking of the ship, and the aftermath of the tragic disaster. The final galleries focus on myths and legends, popular culture, the discovery of the Titanic shipwreck by Robert Ballard, and the current state of the shipwreck.
The Titanic Experience contains a number of original Titanic, Harland and Wolff, and White Star Line artifacts. Although it contains a few items that were aboard the Titanic on its maiden voyage that have been donated or sold to the museum by survivors or their families, it does not contain any items taken from the actual shipwreck.
At the end of the visit, you can explore the gift shop and eateries inside or head outside to explore the plaza and slipways and to visit the SS Nomadic. The SS Nomadic is a short walk away and entry to the White Star Line tender is included in the price of the Titanic Experience ticket.
Titanic Belfast Ticket Prices?
A regular adult ticket (age 16+) is £19.50 (as of July 2021), and includes entry to both the Titanic Belfast and the SS Nomadic.
Child tickets (age 5 to 15) are £8.75, student and senior (age 60+) tickets are £15.50, and family passes (2 adults, 2 children) are £48. Note that some concession tickets for students and seniors are not available on weekends.
Tickets for children under age 5 and carers are free.
How to Buy Tickets to the Titanic Belfast?
Normally you can purchase a ticket at entry or in advance; however, due to the pandemic, all tickets must be purchased in advance in order to visit the Titanic Belfast. Entry requires a timed ticket.
You can purchase combination tickets to the Titanic Belfast and SS Nomadic online here.
Tickets can also be purchased by calling the attraction’s Welcome Team at +44 (0)28 9076 6386, or in person at the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre, 9 Donegall Square North, Belfast, BT1 5GB.
Does the Titanic Belfast Offer an Audio Guide?
Yes, there are audio guides available in several languages that you can use to help guide you through the galleries and provide more information.
These are not included with the regular ticket and you will need to purchase these separately. You can book them in advance or purchase them from the Visitor Services desk once at the Titanic Belfast.
The hand-held multimedia guides with single-use disposable earphones cost £4. Alternatively, guests can purchase access to a mobile version to use with their own smartphone and personal earphones for £2.
There is also a special audio guide commentary designed for children available.
Can I Book a Guided Tour of the Titanic Belfast?
The exhibits are self-guided and there are currently no regular guide-led tours of the Titanic Experience galleries offered. Please see the information about audio guides above.
However, there is currently an outdoor Discovery Tour being offered that takes place just outside the building and includes a 1-hour guided tour and talk about the history of the Titanic. This needs to be booked in advance.
How Long is the Average Visit to the Titanic Belfast?
Visits often take between 1.5 hours to 2 hours. We’d recommend planning to spend at least 2 hours here to complete your visit to ensure you have enough time and are not rushed.
Those who are very interested in the Titanic and the museum may want to leave 3 hours to visit.
Be sure to leave time as well before or after to visit the SS Nomadic if it is included with your ticket. Also be sure to note the last entry times for both attractions on the date of your visit to ensure you are able to visit them both.
Best Time to Visit the Titanic Belfast?
The Titanic Belfast is a popular attraction and can get very busy. Visiting near the opening time or later in the afternoon can be a good way to visit with reduced crowds.
The attraction strongly recommends avoiding arriving during the peak hours of 11:30 am to 3:00 pm during the months of July and August and during public holidays, in order to avoid crowds and possible delays.
However, visitor numbers are currently limited and time slots are used to space out visitors. So it shouldn’t matter too much when you visit given the timed ticketing system. You can check the official website for latest opening times and information.
Note that the attraction currently has a last entry time that is 1 hour and 40 minutes before its closing time. So be sure to be at the attraction at least 2 hours before its closing time the day you want to visit.
Where to Eat at the Titanic Belfast?
There are three places to eat at the Titanic Belfast. Inside there is both a grab-and-go eatery and a sit-down café. There is also the Hickson’s Point pub located just outside the building.
Sometimes there is also an afternoon tea service offered in the Titanic Belfast’s event space called the Titanic Suite, which includes a replica of the Titanic‘s Grand Staircase. If interested, I’d check in advance to see if this is being offered at the time of your visit.
Outside of the Titanic Belfast, there are also a few other options located within the Titanic Quarter. These include Subway, Paper Cup (coffee shop), The Dock Cafe, a bar and grill at the Premier Inn hotel, and the eateries at the Odyssey Pavilion that are located within the SSE Arena. Just note that most of these are not open every day so good to check opening dates and hours in advance.
If you’d like to eat somewhere a bit nicer or are looking for cocktails, we suggest checking out the dining options at Titanic Hotel Belfast behind the museum, which offers two restaurants and a bar. We can also recommend booking an afternoon tea experience here! Reservations are recommended for meals and afternoon tea.
Other Facilities at the Titanic Belfast?
The Titanic Belfast also has a large gift shop, the Titanic Store, as well as additional educational, conference, and event facilities.
Parking at the Titanic Belfast?
There is visitor parking available at Titanic Belfast. There are over 500 paid parking spaces available in the 24-hour underground car park. At last check, parking charges were £2 for the first hour and £1 per hour thereafter.
Accessibility at the Titanic Belfast?
The Titanic Belfast is a modern building and is fully accessible for most people. There is step-free access to the exhibits, accessible parking spaces, and a number of wheelchair-accessible toilets. The Shipyard Ride can accommodate most standard wheelchairs but not mobility scooters.
Wheelchairs and mobility scooters can be reserved for use at the facility in advance if needed. There are also aids available for those with autism, hearing loss, sight impairments, and other disabilities.
For more information, check out their accessibility guide. Those with questions or specific concerns should contact the attraction in advance.
Is Photography Allowed at the Titanic Belfast?
Yes, personal photography for non-commercial use is allowed at the Titanic Belfast. However, flash photography and video recording is not allowed. The use of flashes, tripods, and other specialist photographic equipment is not permitted without written permission.
Tours that include a Visit to the Titanic Belfast?
There are a number of guided tours that include a visit to Titanic Belfast that depart from both Belfast and Dublin. Most of these tours include your entrance tickets. Here are some options that visit the Titanic Belfast as well as a number of other sights and attractions in Northern Ireland.
- This full day trip from Belfast includes entry to the Titanic Belfast as well as a visit to the Giant’s Causeway
- This full day trip from Belfast includes a visit to the Giant’s Causeway and the Dark Hedges, as well as a visit of the Titanic Belfast
- This full day trip from Dublin focuses on exploring the highlights of Belfast, including the Titanic Museum, the Peace Wall, and a political taxi tour.
- This 3 day tour from Dublin includes a number of attractions in Northern Ireland, including the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Giant’s Causeway, and option to visit the Titanic Belfast.
Just note that most of the shorter city Belfast walking tours do not include a visit inside the Titanic Belfast or cover the price of the admission ticket. Always be sure to check what is included before booking a tour!
Where to Stay Near the Titanic Belfast?
Our top recommendation would be to stay next door at the Titanic Hotel which is just a 1 minute walk away. This 4-star hotel was once the Harland and Wolf headquarters and drawing offices where the Titanic and many other ships were designed.
Another fun option is to spend the night on the water aboard this barge, where you can actually sleep in a restored barge docked in Belfast Harbour in the Titanic Quarter. Two other close options located in the Titanic Quarter are the Premier Inn and CK Serviced Apartments.
For more information on lodging in Belfast and more recommendations in central Belfast, see our accommodation section later in the article.
Visiting Other Titanic Attractions in Belfast
While the Titanic Belfast may be the main Titanic attraction in Belfast, there are several other places you can visit to learn more about the Titanic. Most of these attractions are close together in the Titanic Quarter and are easy to visit on the same day.
As mentioned earlier, the Titanic and Olympic slipways are located just outside the Titanic Belfast building. So we highly recommend walking over here to see these before or after your visit.
To build the White Star Olympic-size ships, old slipways had to be demolished and two larger slipways built for the construction of these ships. It was here that the Titanic as well as her sister ship the Olympic (and later the Britannic) were built. Titanic‘s construction began here in March 1909.
The Titanic was launched from the slipway into the water on May 31, 1911 in the presence of Lord Pirrie (chairman of Harland & Wolff), J. Burce Ismay (chairman of the White Star Line), and J. P. Morgan (American financier whose company owned the White Star Line), as well as a huge crowd of Harland & Wolff crew and public onlookers. The slipway was lubricated with tons of tallow and soap to allow it to pass into the River Lagan.
After leaving the slipway, the Titanic was towed over to Thompson Graving Dock (now often called the Titanic Dock) which you can still visit and we will discuss later in the article.
Today, you can see the outline of both the Titanic and Olympic on the slipways where the ships were built and launched. You can see a life-size plan of the Titanic‘s Promenade Deck and discover the positions of certain elements of the ship like its lifeboats and funnels. Information panels provide information and facts about the ships.
There is also a Titanic memorial lawn located on the Olympic slipway. The names of those who died in the shipwreck are listed on vertical glass panels along the slipway.
These slipways are outdoors and free to visit, located just outside the Titanic Belfast alongside the harbor. There is also a great view of the slipways from inside the Titanic Belfast so be sure to take a look while inside the attraction.
If you only visit one other attraction in Belfast related to the Titanic other than the Titanic Belfast, I’d definitely choose the SS Nomadic. Whereas the Titanic Belfast is a great visitor attraction and museum, a tour of the SS Nomadic allows you to tour an existing boat that was used by passengers of the Titanic.
The SS Nomadic is a former tender ship built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast to serve White Star Line passenger ships such as the RMS Titanic and the RMS Olympic. Tender ships were used to ferry passengers, luggage, mail, and supplies between the ship and ports in locations where the ships were too large to dock.
The SS Nomadic is now the last surviving White Star Line ship in the world and the only surviving ship that naval architect Thomas Andrews helped design. Thomas Andrews, one of the designers of the Titanic and her sister ships, died aboard the Titanic on her maiden voyage.
Construction of both the SS Nomadic and a companion tender ship SS Traffic began in December 1910 and both ships were launched in April 1911. They were both built at the same time as the RMS Titanic and both entered service as tender ships for the RMS Olympic.
However, the ships were not identical. The grander SS Nomadic was designed for the transfer of first and second-class passengers and its interior was fitted out in a similar style as the Titanic. The SS Traffic was built for ferrying third-class passengers and goods.
On April 10, 1912, the SS Nomadic was used to ferry first- and second-class passengers and their luggage onto the RMS Titanic from Cherbourg Harbor in France. Famous passengers who sailed on the SS Nomadic to board the Titanic included millionaire John Jacob Astor IV and his wife, Lady Duff-Gordon, Margaret Brown (later known as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”), and Benjamin Guggenheim.
The SS Nomadic would have a long service history as a passenger tender ship, later serving several Cunard ocean liners, including the RMS Queen Mary and RMS Queen Elizabeth. During WWI and WW2, the ship was used as a minesweeper and troop transport ship before returning to being used as a tender ship. The ship was retired from service in 1968, and later was used as a floating restaurant ship on the Seine River in Paris for almost 30 years.
In 2006, the Northern Ireland government purchased the SS Nomadic and brought the ship back to Belfast to be restored and turned into a ship museum. Following extensive restoration, the SS Nomadic was opened to visitors in June 2013.
The SS Nomadic sits in Hamilton Dock, the dry dock where she was restored. The Hamilton Graving Dock was used from 1867 until the 1990’s by Harland & Wolff for repairing, maintaining, and fitting out ships. It is believed that the SS Nomadic‘s original fitting out in 1911 may have taken place in this same dock.
Also in Hamilton Dock sits the Cassion gate, which is believed to be the oldest existing Harland & Wolff vessel. The Caisson was the original dock gate and was built in 1867. It is not exactly what most of us would think of as a gate; it is a hollow vessel built from steel and wood that was used to stop water from going in or out of Hamilton Dock. It is now pretty rusty and can be seen when visiting the SS Nomadic.
Today, visitors can tour the beautifully restored ship and learn all about its construction, uses, restoration, and history. Since the SS Nomadic was built at the same time as the Titanic and by the same company, you can get some sense of what it was like to sail on the Titanic.
We’d recommend visiting the SS Nomadic on the same day that you visit the Titanic Belfast, as you can purchase an online entry ticket that will get you access to both the Titanic Belfast and SS Nomadic on the same day. The two attractions are only a short walk apart.
The hours of the SS Nomadic are set in conjunction with those of the Titanic Belfast. The SS Nomadic usually opens later and closes earlier than the Titanic Belfast so you will want to plan your visit accordingly. If visiting during a busy time of year, I’d recommend visiting the Titanic Belfast at its opening time and then visiting the SS Nomadic around its opening time later in the morning.
If you plan to only visit the SS Nomadic, you can usually also book an individual ticket online on their website or purchase one in person at the ship. However, these individual tickets have not been available since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and it is unclear when and if they will be sold again. So for the time being you need to purchase a combination ticket if you want to visit.
Titanic Hotel Belfast
The Titanic Hotel Belfast is a 4-star hotel that was opened in a building that was once used as the Harland & Wolff company headquarters and drawing offices. Harland & Wolff was, of course, the company that designed and built the RMS Titanic.
Harland & Wolff built two 3-storey drawing offices around 1885, and these were combined into one building and expanded upon until the 1920s to form much of the structure that exists today. Many of the designers, builders, and craftspeople who worked on building the Harland & Wolff drawing offices, were the same who built the ships at the time. Many of the materials used were also the same used for the ships. For instance, the floor tiles on the ground floor were the same kind used in Titanic’s first-class smoking room.
It was from these offices that over 1,700 vessels would be designed and built over the decades by Harland & Wolff. Harland & Wolff used the offices until 1989, and then for nearly 30 years the building sat unused and in disrepair.
In 2016, funding was raised and work began in repairing and restoring the building, and converting it into a hotel. The restoration work was completed in September 2017 and it opened as a hotel to the public.
It is a beautiful historical hotel that offers Art Deco-themed rooms, a bar, a restaurant, and lots of guest amenities. As it is located in the heart of the Titanic Quarter, just a minute walk from the Titanic slipway and the Titanic Belfast, it is a great place to stay for those wanting to spend time in this part of Belfast. You can check our prices and read recent reviews here.
The hotel is part museum, with lots of history, original artifacts, memorabilia, and artwork on display throughout the building. You can follow a self-guided trail map to see a number of highlights in a number of the heritage rooms in the hotel where you can view the architecture, artifacts, etc. on your own. These include the former Victorian drawing offices, and the former offices of both Lord Pirrie and Thomas Andrews. Just note some rooms or areas may be closed if in use by staff or guests.
Even if you don’t stay the night here, it is worth a stop if you have the time. We’ve done the self-guided tour and had a lovely afternoon tea here. You can also enjoy drinks, coffee, lunch, or dinner. Just be sure to book afternoon tea and meals in advance.
Another thing we strongly recommend for those interested in the Titanic is to make time to walk along the Titanic Walkway. The Titanic Walkway is a 500 meter (0.3 mile) walkway on Victoria Wharf which connects the Titanic and Olympic slipways to the HMS Caroline and the Thompson Dock.
The Titanic Walkway was first opened in 2018 as a way to make it easier for pedestrians to visit the various attractions within the Titanic Quarter. It is also part of the longer Maritime Mile which we’ll cover later in the article.
The walkway runs alongside Belfast Harbour and the docks. Notable attractions along the route include the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction, Titanic and Olympic slipways, Mew Light, Thompson Dock (Titanic Pump Room & Dock), and the HMS Caroline. It also contains a number of pieces of public artwork and old docks.
Most of these attractions we covered in detail elsewhere in this article, but some of the more minor sites (without any strong Titanic connections) that you’ll likely see from along the walkway include the Mew Light, the Titanic Exhibition Center (a giant conference center), Game of Thrones panels, Titanic Studios, and the Samson & Goliath cranes. There are also several pieces of public artwork.
The Mew Light, or the Great Light, is the world’s first and largest hyper-radial Fresnel lighthouse lens. It was first used at Tory Island Lighthouse in 1887 and later moved to Mew Island in 1928. It left Mew Island in 2014 and was restored and placed along the Titanic Walkway. It still works and you may see it lit up if you are in the area after dark. Interesting panels around the light tell about its history and how it works.
If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you can see the filming studios (Titanic Studios) where most of the filming for the 8 seasons of the show took place. You can’t actually visit or tour the studio though. One of the studio buildings (Paint Hall) was originally a Harland & Wolff building used for painting the hulls of large ships.
Also along the walkway you’ll find two of the six giant stained glass windows depicting scenes from Game of Thrones that were placed here in 2019 to celebrate 10 years of filming in Northern Ireland. The windows are located near the Titanic slipway and HMS Caroline (a third one is next to SS Nomadic). All 6 are located in Belfast. If you are a Games of Thrones fan, we recommend checking out this guide to Games of Thrones filming sites in Northern Ireland.
And perhaps the most well-known structures located in the Titanic Quarter are the Samson and Goliath cranes. These giant yellow shipbuilding cranes have become symbols of Belfast and can be seen from afar. They are owned by Harland & Wolff and were built in 1969 and 1974 (the Arrol Gantry that was used for the Titanic was demolished in 1971). You can’t get super close to them, as they sit on an active and private industrial area, but they are hard to miss.
The Titanic Walkway is a great way to connect a visit to the Titanic Belfast to either the HMS Caroline and/or the Titanic Pump Room & Dock. To start the walk, just head outside the Titanic Belfast to the Olympic and Titanic slipways, then head northeast along the walkway towards the HMS Caroline. It is an easy path to follow.
If you, or someone you are traveling with have difficultly walking, you might consider catching the Wee Tram if it is running during your visit. The hop-on hop-off ride includes live commentary and is particularly fun for kids and families. It connects all the attractions in the Titanic Quarter and you can get aboard at the Titanic Belfast, the slipways, or a number of other spots.
If you want a different perspective of the Titanic Quarter, consider a River Lagan boat cruise which allows you to see all the Titanic Quarter sites from the water with onboard commentary. In the summer, there is also the chance to see seals.
Titanic Dock & Pump House
If you want to get a sense of the size of the RMS Titanic, then I’d recommend a visit to the Titanic Dock and Pump House. This was where the Titanic was fitted out and sat before her sea trials.
Because of the size of the Olympic-class White Star liners, larger dry docks had to be built to fit them. The dry dock was completed in 1911 and known then as the Thompson Graving Dock or Thompson Dock. It was named after the chairman of the Belfast Harbour Commission, Robert Thompson.
After both the RMS Olympic and RMS Titanic were constructed on the slipways (next to the Titanic Belfast), they were moved here to be fitted out and completed. This included her engines, funnels, superstructure, and all her interiors. The Titanic was here from about June 1911 to April 1912. It was here that she spent her final days in Belfast before setting sail for Southampton to begin her maiden voyage in April 1912.
The Thompson Dock was used until 2002. In 2010, after some restoration work, it was opened to the public for tours. Today it is often called the Titanic Dock.
The adjacent dock pump house, now called the Titanic Pump House, was used to pump out water from the Thompson Graving Dock as well as the Alexandra Graving Dock (where the HMS Caroline now sits). It is also open to the public for visits.
There is a small fee to visit the Titanic Dock & Pump-House, and your ticket covers a visit to both the pump room and dock. You can do a self-guided tour or book ahead to join a guided tour.
Being able to walk around and climb down into the Thompson Graving Dock gives you a good sense of the massive size of these ocean liners. The whole footprint of the graving dock would have been the size of the Titanic‘s hull as the ship just fit inside. Informational placards give you lots of information about its construction, the fitting out process, the lives of the dock workers, and how the pump room worked.
The Titanic Dock & Pump House is located about a 1 minute walk from the HMS Caroline and a 10 minute walk from the Titanic Belfast.
Ulster Transport Museum
The Ulster Transport Museum is a museum focused on helping visitors learn about and see a variety of methods of transportations by land, sea, and air that have been used across the centuries. It is one of the four museums that make up the National Museums Northern Ireland. The museum is best known for its large railway collection, its DMC DeLorean car, and its RMS Titanic exhibition.
The museum has a permanent exhibition on the Titanic and her sister ships, RMS Olympic and HMHS Britannic, which were all built in Belfast. The exhibition documents the construction, voyage, and eventual sinking of the ship and includes a number of artifacts, photos, and personal stories from people involved with its design, building, and maiden voyage.
A lot of what we know today about the design and look of the Titanic comes from the RMS Olympic. The two ships were almost identical and were built and fitted out within a year of each other. While both Titanic and Britannic had tragically short service lives, the RMS Olympic was in service from 1911 to 1935. Therefore there are a lot more photographs and information available for the Olympic.
Just across the road is the Ulster Folk Museum, also part of the National Museums Northern Ireland, and another great museum to visit. The Ulster Folk Museum helps visitors experience what village and rural life was like over 100 years ago in Ireland through old buildings, period furnishings, and costumed guides.
The Ulster Transport Museum (and Folk Museum) are outside of Belfast but can be accessed by public transportation or by car. The easiest way via public transit is to take the train from Belfast to Cultra train station. The museums are about a 15-minute walk from the Cultra train station. If driving, it is about a 20-minute drive from central Belfast, and there is free parking for visitors on site.
Titanic Memorial Gardens
The Titanic Memorial Gardens is a small terraced memorial garden located at the Belfast City Hall that includes both a memorial statue and a memorial plinth.
The Titanic Memorial statue was erected in 1920 and funded by subscriptions from local people in Belfast. The marble statue contains four figures which depict an allegorical representation of the disaster with the female personification of Fate holding a laurel wreath over the head of a drowned sailor who is held above the waves by a pair of mermaids.
The statue’s plinth lists the names of 22 men from Northern Ireland who died in the disaster. According to author Stephen Cameron, it is now believed that 28 people from Northern Ireland perished aboard the Titanic. Additionally, eight Harland & Wolff workers (5 of whose names are known) are also believed to have died during the construction of the Titanic.
None of the nine Harland & Wolff members of the Guarantee Group sent from Belfast to ensure the smooth sailing of the Titanic on her maiden voyage survived. They are each listed on the memorial but there are also 9 individual plaques across Belfast commemorating each man who was part of the Guarantee Group.
The Titanic records make it very hard to know the exact number of passengers or the nationalities of some passengers. Research by staff at Irish Weather Online concluded that there were 164 Irish passengers and crew (from all of Ireland) aboard the Titanic with 110 dying and 54 surviving the disaster.
In 2012, the memorial garden itself was established with the planting of springtime flowers and a new memorial plinth. The 9-meter plinth contains five bronze plaques that list the names of all 1,512 people who are known to have died aboard the RMS Titanic. The memorial is significant as it is the first memorial anywhere in the world to record all of the names of the victims on one monument.
Note that there are no victims of the Titanic buried here. Most victims’ bodies were either never recovered or were buried at sea. Of the 209 retrieved for burial, 150 are buried in Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada and 59 others were transported to victims’ families to be buried elsewhere.
The Titanic Memorial Garden is used as the site of the annual commemorations of the Titanic disaster which take place each year on April 15th in Belfast.
The Titanic Memorial Gardens can be found in Donegall Square on the east side of the Belfast City Hall. It is free to visit.
Also on the grounds of the Belfast City Hall is a statue of Sir Edward Harland, a co-founder of Harland & Wolff, and a memorial bust of Sir William Pirrie, who was the managing director of the Harland & Wolff shipyard from 1895 to 1924. Lord Pirrie’s nephew, Thomas Andrews, was the naval architect of both the Titanic and the SS Nomadic, and he perished aboard the ship on her maiden voyage.
More Maritime Attractions in Belfast
Belfast has a long and rich maritime history, and while the Titanic may be its most known legacy, there is much more to it than one ill-fated passenger liner. You can find out more about Belfast’s maritime history by visiting other maritime-related sites in Belfast.
Maritime Mile / Waterfront
The Maritime Mile connects together many of Belfast’s maritime-related sites and was developed by the Belfast Maritime Trust. The trail goes past a number of heritage sites, public artwork, businesses, and attractions. Informational panels help provide information along the trail. This dockside walk provides for a nice wander around Belfast.
The trail begins at the City Quays with the historic Clarendon Docks and Sailortown area. Some of the things you can see here are the Flying Angel statue, St. Joseph’s Church, the Dividers sculpture, Belfast Harbour Commissioners’ Offices, and Sinclair Seaman’s Church.
You can also visit the Heritage Room exhibition at the Belfast Harbour offices in Corporation Square. The Heritage Room permanent exhibition includes information about Belfast’s seafaring history, from its emergence as a major port to its current use as an industrial hub. It also includes some artifacts and artwork.
The trail continues on past the AC Hotel. Outside this hotel is the first of the six Games of Thrones large stained glass windows that were placed here in 2019. Each depicts an iconic scene from the show. You can see all 6 by following the trail.
Next you can see the Big Fish statue, the Custom House, and some other statues before crossing over the River Lagan on the Lagan Weir Footbridge. You are now entering the Titanic Quarter.
You’ll pass by the SSE Arena, W5, Belfast Habour Marina, Buoy Park, Hamilton Dock, the Cassion Gate, SS Nomadic, he Titanic Hotel, and the Titanic and Olympic slipways. From here, the trail is the same as the previously discussed Titanic Walkway, which includes the Titanic Belfast, the Great Light, The Thompson Dock, HMS Caroline, and several pieces of public artwork. Like the Titanic Walkway it ends with the HMS Caroline and the Titanic Dock & Pump Room.
You can find out more about the Maritime Mile in Belfast here.
The Maritime Mile is a free outdoor trail, but many of the indoor attractions along the way do have a fee if you wish to visit. Some require reservations, so be sure to check on any individual attractions you wish to visit.
The HMS Caroline was a light cruiser built in Birkenhead, England in 1914 for the British Royal Navy. She was in service for a very long time, from 1914 until 2011. She served during WWI, including during the Battle of Jutland, which was the largest naval battle of the war.
In 1924, the HMS Caroline was moved to Belfast Docks to form the headquarters for the Ulster Division of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. During WWII, she would also be used as a depot ship and strategic operations base for convoy protection.
The HMS Caroline would serve as part of the Ulster Division of the Royal Navy reserve until 2009 and was officially decommissioned in 2011. The ship was the last remaining British World War 1 light cruiser still in service and is the last survivor of the Battle of Jutland still afloat.
The ship was restored and opened to the public as a ship museum in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter in 2016. She sits in the Alexandra Graving Dock, which was constructed in the 1880s.
Today, you can start your visit at the small Dockside Museum (next to the ship, a good place to start your visit) and then do a self-guided tour of the HMS Caroline herself. Aboard the ship, you can learn about her construction, history, and the living and working conditions on board through exhibits, films, recreated historic spaces, and interactive touch screen displays. There is also a film dedicated to the Battle of Jutland.
A ticket is required to visit the museum and ship. You can purchase tickets on-site or in advance online. There is a small café and a gift shop on the ship.
The HMS Caroline is located next to the Titanic Pump House. It is about a 15 minute walk away from the Titanic Belfast. There is parking located here for visitors, and you can also reach it via public bus or the city’s hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses.
Sinclair Seamen’s Presbyterian Church
Sinclair Seamen’s Church is a Venetian-style church dating from 1857 that sits in an area of Belfast known as Sailortown. Sailortown was historically the area of Belfast where many of the working-class sailors and dockworkers lived and socialized in Belfast. It thrived from around the mid-19th century to the mid 20th century. Today, the Sinclair Seaman’s Presbyterian Church is one of the few remaining places in Sailortown still in operation from that period in history.
The church was designed by famed architect Charles Layon and was built in memory of John Sinclair, a local merchant whose family were the largest shipowners in Belfast in that period and gave generously to the Irish Presbyterian Church.
The church sits near the harbor and the interior design was influenced by the hull of a ship. The church is filled with maritime references and artifacts, including a bell from the HMS Hall which is used to call worshippers to service. The church is likely a place that many Presbyterian dockworkers and shipbuilders of the Titanic would have worshipped.
It is open for worship services and to the visiting public for limited hours. Group tours are also sometimes possible but need to be arranged in advance. If you want to visit, please check out the church website for the latest hours and visiting information.
Belfast Barge Museum
The Belfast Barge Museum is a museum set on a former cargo barge, the MV Confiance, that tells the story of Belfast’s industrial heritage and maritime history. The onboard maritime exhibition tells the story of the industries along the River Lagan and the men and women who worked along it.
The MV Confiance was purchased in 2006 and sailed to Belfast and opened to the public. It is now moored in the River Lagan in Belfast’s waterfront area.
The Belfast Barge is used as a museum, event space, and a café. It is a small attraction and it is best to check ahead for current opening dates and hours.
There is a small fee to visit the Belfast Barge Museum. You can find out more information here.
Belfast Titanic & Maritime Attractions Map
Here is a map with all the main Titanic and maritime sites in Belfast mentioned throughout the article.
You can use this to help plan your itinerary. Click here or on the map below for a closer look and to see exact locations:
Preparing for your Trip To Belfast
Here are some more resources and advice for planning for your trip to Belfast, including things to do (other than Titanic sites), suggested itinerary, where to stay, tours you can take, and where to find more information.
Planning Your Trip to Belfast
We have some resources we think you will find useful to help you plan your trip to Belfast.
First, take a look at our guide to things to do in Belfast, which has lot more ideas for things to do in the city beyond the Titanic sights, as well as our suggested itinerary for spending two days in Belfast. However, if you’d prefer to focus on the Titanic sites, you can check out our suggested 2-day Titanic-themed itinerary in the next section.
Belfast makes an excellent base for exploring Northern Ireland, and also a great starting or ending point for an Irish road trip. If you want to base yourself in Belfast, see our guide to the best day trips from Belfast for some inspiration. If you are looking for a drive along the coast, see our guide to a suggested Causeway coastal route road trip.
Game of Thrones fans will also enjoy visiting Belfast and Northern Ireland. The Titanic Studios were the home of the show for many years and much of the show was shot on locations in Northern Ireland. You can read about many more filming locations in our guide to Game of Thrones filming locations in Northern Ireland here. We also have a detailed guide to visiting the Dark Hedges.
If you are looking for a printed (or digital) guidebook, there are few that just focus on Belfast and Northern Ireland, such as this one by Lonely Planet, but most cover the whole island of Ireland, such as these ones. Just be sure to get a recent edition.
Suggested 2 Day Belfast Titanic Themed Itinerary
If you want to see all the main Titanic sites in Belfast, it will likely take you about 2 days to do so. Here is a suggested Titanic-themed Belfast itinerary that may help you organize your time in Belfast if you have 2 days and want to try to take in most of the Titanic related sites.
You’ll want to modify the itinerary as needed depending on where you are staying and how much time you want to spend at each attraction. Note that many of these attractions do require you to pre-book tickets to visit so be sure to check and make necessary reservations as needed. This includes the Titanic Belfast which currently requires a pre-booked ticket and time slot.
Day 1 Titanic Itinerary:
- Visit Titanic Belfast & SS Nomadic in the morning
- Have lunch (you can eat at the Titanic Belfast or elsewhere in Titanic Quarter, may consider booking lunch or afternoon tea at Titanic Hotel Belfast)
- Walk along Titanic Walkway and visit the Titanic Dock & Pump Room
- Visit HMS Caroline (if run out of time can move this to morning of Day 2)
Day 2 Titanic Itinerary:
- Explore Waterfront area (consider visits to Sinclair Seamen’s Church or Belfast Barge museum)
- Visit Titanic Memorial Garden at Belfast City Hall
- Have lunch in city or wait to have lunch at the tearoom (if open) at Ulster Transport Museum. If it’s a weekend, perhaps grab something to eat at St. George’s Market.
- Take train (or drive) to Cultra (about 35 minutes by train) to visit Ulster Transport Museum (also consider visiting next door Ulster Folk Museum if you have time)
- Return to Belfast by train (or car)
Where to Stay in Belfast near the Titanic Belfast Museum
There are two main hotels within the Titanic Quarter itself, including the Titanic Hotel Belfast which is next door. But there are a large variety of other options that are within walking distance of the Titanic Belfast and the other attractions in the Titanic Quarter, including hotels, hostels, and guest houses.
We list accommodation options across a variety of budgets and accommodation types below, including hotels, hostels, and guest houses. They are listed in order of how far they are from the Titanic Belfast.
- Titanic Hotel – This 4-star hotel is next door to the Titanic Belfast museum, and sits within a historical building that was once the Harland and Wolff headquarters and drawing offices. A beautiful historical property that offers Art Deco themed rooms, Titanic memorabilia, bar, restaurant, and room service. A perfect option for Titanic enthusiasts. It is a 1 minute walk away from the Titanic Belfast.
- CK Serviced Apartments – These well-reviewed serviced apartments are located in the Titanic Quarter and are great for those looking for a self-catering option. There is an on-site restaurant, grocery store, cafe, and private parking available. They are only a 7 minute walk away from the Titanic Belfast.
- Premier Inn – This 3-star hotel in the Titanic Quarter offers king sized beds and an on-site bar and restaurant. A 9 minute walk away from the Titanic Belfast.
- The Barge – This former Glasgow coal barge was restored and converted into floating self-service accommodation and docked in Belfast Harbour within the Titanic Quarter. It offers 2 separate 2-bedroom suites that each include a private bathroom, shower, and kitchenette. Great option for couples and families who want the experience of staying on the water. The barge is about a 10 minute walk away.
- Malmaison Hotel – This 4 star hotel in the Cathedral Quarter is well located for exploring the city and visiting the Titanic Belfast. Set in a converted Victorian warehouse, rooms are richly decorated and there’s an on-site bar and restaurant as well as a gym. A 22 minute walk away.
- Bullitt Hotel – This centrally-located 4-star hotel offers 3 room types to suit different budgets. The lively hotel also has a bar, a cafe, a restaurant, a popular rooftop bar area, and a 24-hour desk service. We stayed here for several nights on our last visit and can recommend it. It is a 23-minute walk from the Titanic Belfast.
- The Merchant Hotel – If you are looking for a 5-star historical luxury hotel, The Merchant, located in a beautiful 1860 building, should definitely be high on your list. Centrally located in the Cathedral Quarter, the hotel offers all the luxury amenities you would expect, including a restaurant, bar and lounge, spa, hot tub, and a rooftop gymnasium. A 23 minute walk away.
- AC Hotel – This 4-star hotel is part of the Marriott chain. It has a lovely riverside location which is still within easy walking distance of most of Belfast’s attractions. Rooms feature king sized beds, and there’s an on-site restaurant, riverside terrace and on-site bar. A 24 minute walk away.
- Hilton Belfast – This Hilton hotel is found by the river on the edge of the Cathedral Quarter. It offers spacious rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as an on-site bar and grill. A 26 minute walk away.
- Ramada – This good-value hotel in the Cathedral Quarter is very close to the city’s cathedral. Rooms feature tea/coffee making facilities and there’s an on-site bar and grill. A 26-minute walk away.
- Titanic Guest House – Located in east Belfast, this well-reviewed guesthouse offers comfortable en-suite rooms at a good price. It’s around a half hour walk to the city center and a 28 minute walk away from Titanic Belfast.
- easyHotel – This well-rated budget hotel offers no-frills but comfortable rooms and a 24 hour staffed desk. A great central option for those on a tighter budget. A 33 minutes walk away.
- Rose Holiday Home – This 3-bedroom holiday home rental overlooks the Harland and Wolff shipyards, and offers visitors a self-catering option with themed rooms that are painted with colorful Titanic and maritime themes. A great option if you’re visiting with family, it also has free on-site parking. A 37 minute walk from the Titanic Belfast.
- Vagabonds Hostel – For those visiting Belfast on a budget, or just looking for a hostel experience, this is an excellent option. It’s just south of the city center, and offers both shared dormitory-style and private room accommodation, an inclusive breakfast, and a shared kitchen. It’s about a 45 minute walk to the Titanic Belfast or about 25 minutes by public transit.
If you are looking to rent an apartment or holiday home in Belfast or elsewhere on your trip, you can also check out our guide to booking holiday homes in the UK and Ireland.
Titanic Walking Tours, Day Tours, & Multi-Day Tours
There are a number of tours you can join from either Belfast or Dublin that visit some of the Titanic sites in Belfast. They range from short city walking tours of Belfast to 2 week trips around Ireland.
City walking tours related to Titanic
- This two hour walking tour of Belfast includes a visit to the Titanic Quarter
- This 2 hour walking tour bills itself as an eclectic city center walking tour, and it includes time in the Titanic Quarter
Day Tours that include a visit to Titanic Belfast
- This full day trip from Belfast includes entry to the Titanic Belfast as well as a tour to the Giant’s Causeway
- This full day trip from Belfast includes a tour to the Giant’s Causeway and the Dark Hedges, as well as the Titanic Museum
- This full day trip from Dublin focuses on the highlights of Belfast, including the Titanic Museum
- This 3 day tour from Dublin focuses on the highlights of Northern Ireland, including the Antrim Coast and the Giant’s Causeway, with the option to visit the Titanic Belfast.
- This 5 day tour from Dublin visits Ireland’s North Atlantic Coast and includes a visit to the Titanic Belfast amongst many other highlights.
- This 11 day tour from Dublin includes a full tour of the island of Ireland, including the option to visit the Titanic Belfast and explore the Titanic Quarter.
Learning more about the Titanic before your Trip
Before (or after) your trip, you might want to learn a bit more about the RMS Titanic to make the most of the places you visit. There are hundreds of books, films, websites, and other resources out there.
Probably the best-known book about the Titanic is A Night to Remember by Walter Lord which is a minute-by-minute account of the Titanic‘s final hours based on interviews with survivors. He also wrote a sequel called The Night Lives On which focuses more on the investigation and technical aspects of the disaster.
Stephen Cameron, a Belfast-born author, has written a book about the building and fate of the RMS Titanic with a focus on its connection to Belfast and those from Ulster who set sail on the ship, Titanic: Belfast’s Own. He has also written another book that covers the history of Belfast shipbuilding: Shipbuilders: A Titanic Tale.
For those interested in the finding and exploring of the shipwreck, Robert Ballard has written a few books on his search, discovery, and exploration of the Titanic.
There are also dozens of films, TV specials, and documentaries about the Titanic. The two best known films are the classic A Night to Remember (based on the Walter Lord book and considered the most accurate of the film depictions) and, of course, the 1997 Titanic film directed by James Cameron starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. If you are looking for a documentary, you might try this documentary collection by the History Channel.
And that is our guide to visiting the Titanic Belfast and the many other Titanic and maritime attractions in Belfast! We hope that if you are planning a trip to Belfast that this guide has been helpful to you. If you have any questions about your trip to Belfast, just ask us and we are happy to try to help.
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