Titanic Belfast Experience and the Downtown Belfast.

Our UK itinerary for Christmas also included exploring the scenic coastline and beautiful countryside of Ireland on a tour to Giants Causeway and we chose the capital city Belfast as our base. And when in Belfast one cannot miss a visit to the popular RMS Titanic.

If you are besotted with the Epic Romantic movie Titanic then a visit to the RMS Titanic Belfast is definitely unmissable. Titanic movie is a fiction inspired by the tragedy of the RMS Titanic which sank on hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage. And Belfast is the birthplace of RMS Titanic.

Titanic Belfast Experience

Titanic Belfast is located on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard in the city’s Titanic Quarter where the RMS Titanic was built. The museum is a monument to the ill-fated ship and provides an opportunity to the visitors to experience the magnificence of Titanic and explore every story intertwined with it.

The imposing building in shape of a ships’ prow and standing as tall as Titanic once did is visible from a distance. The silver shards shining in their grandeur with a backdrop of perpetual blue skies.

Titanic Belfast Experience

The emblematic six-floor building has nine interactive galleries that walk you back in time to explore the history of Titanic grandeur.

We had booked our tickets online based on a time slots available every 15 minutes throughout opening times. We validated our tickets at the ticket counter in the welcome hall. The person at information desk explained us the gallery plan for a self-guided tour of the Titanic Belfast Experience.

We started with the first gallery boomtown Belfast on the first floor which depicted the thriving city of Belfast from early 20th century. It provided information on the booming industries of the Belfast city during the construction of Titanic.

At the end of the gallery, we boarded a mini-car for shipyard ride (Gallery two) which was more of a rollercoaster ride up the details of the shipbuilding process.

Titanic Belfast Experience

The special effects of audio and images recreated the environment and the sound of work on the shipyard.

The ride ends at 4th floor which houses the galleries which transport you back in time to witness the launch (Gallery three) of gigantic ‘Titanic’ in 1911 accompanied by exhilaration and the splendor. The fourth gallery presents a platform to experience a 360-degree tour around Titanic through all the levels of the vessel and explores how the ship appeared to its passengers and the crew.

Titanic Belfast Experience

Get to know the opulent fit-out of titanic through the recreated cabin and displays of baggage and crockery.

Titanic Belfast Experience

The fifth gallery the maiden voyage depicts the voyage of Titanic.

In the sixth gallery, hold your breath as the Titanic hits the iceberg to its tragic end. The background portrays an audio sending messages to other ships and survivors account of their experience of the fateful night

Your heart will melt as you walk through the seventh gallery on the third floor to experience the aftermath. A full-size replica of one of the lifeboats used to evacuate passengers from the ship sits amidst the flood of inquiries and messages into the tragic sinking on the information panels.

Titanic Belfast Experience

As Celine Dion’s song ‘My Heart Will Go On’ plays in the background visitors can learn the myths and facts of Titanic in the eighth gallery. Explore how from movies to theaters RMS titanic has been an inspiration to more than 40 films.

Titanic Belfast Experience

In ninth gallery explore the wreck of Titanic which lies 12,000 feet below the surface of the North Atlantic (Floors 1 and 2). Rediscover Titanic with the findings of Dr. Robert Ballard through the illustrations of his expeditions.

Titanic Belfast Experience

Be ready to be astonished by the sheer magnitude of the wreck set under the glass floor beneath you. The floor also houses the Ocean Exploration Centre with information on marine biology and coastal exploration in Northern Ireland.

SS Nomadic

Tickets to Titanic Belfast also include entrance to the SS Nomadic. Visit the SS Nomadic Titanic’s tender model and the last remaining white star vessel.

Titanic Belfast Experience

Walk through the decks and the intricate interiors of the ship and experience the 100 years old maritime glory.

Titanic Belfast Experience

Titanic Belfast Experience

At dusk, the marvelous Titanic Belfast was beautifully illumination. It looked like a gigantic ship shimmering under the moon ready for another exciting voyage.

Titanic Belfast Experience

Public Transport to Titanic Belfast

Buses 26, 26A, 26B, 26C run from Belfast City Centre to Titanic Belfast.

Soaked up in the intriguing and astounding history we headed back to the Belfast city center decorated with Christmas lights.

Titanic Belfast Experience

Belfast City Hall

One of Belfast’s most iconic buildings is located in Donegall Square dominating the heart of Belfast city center. Free public tours walk one through the history and some of its lavish interior features. ‘The Belfast List’ in Titanic Memorial Garden, lists the names of 1,512 people who lost their lives on RMS Titanic.

Titanic Belfast Experience

There are numerous architectural gems scattered around the downtown. Below is the picture of the Church House of Belfast.

Titanic Belfast Experience

Belfast Cathedral

We strolled around cobbled streets of the Cathedral Quarter exploring its lively ambiance. The Romanesque building of Belfast Cathedral is the church of St. Anne. It is worth a visit for its rich historic artifacts and remarkable architecture.

Crumlin Road Gaol

Take a tour through the infamous Crumlin Road Gaol which has served as a prison for 150 long years. Explore the prison life on a guided tour and experience what life was like for those imprisoned here.

Have you been to Belfast? What are your favorite attractions we missed to visit? Share with us in comments.

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53 Comment

  1. Monica says: Reply

    This looks like a really interesting exhibit! I would totally go if I ever get a chance to swing by Belfast.

  2. Clare says: Reply

    When I am back in the UK, I am going to get a cheap flight to Belfast. I have never visited Northern Ireland but I am obsessed with the titanic and the museum looks great. Am going to do a long weekend over there as it looks great 🙂

  3. Looks like some very impressively put together exhibits! Do you know how old the museum is? Seems very recent?

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Your are right, it was launched only in 2012 🙂

  4. I didn’t know there was a museum for the Titanic?! It must be a very moving and interesting visit taking you through one of the most known tragedies in history. The architecture of the museum is awesome!

  5. What a fantastic experience. I have long been fascinated with the story of the Titanic. This will definitely be on my list if I make it to Belfast in 2018 on my next Europe trip.

  6. I’ve always been fascinated by the Titanic, will definitely include this on my Belfast intinerary!

  7. Mimi says: Reply

    I would love to go through this experience. You wold learn so much details from the actual story you know. On my list to visit now thanks!

  8. Titanic has been my favorite movie since then and would always love to watch over and o’er again. You’re so lucky to have entered into the museum which you’ll make a chance of knowing more about the Titanic story. UK has been a place I’ve always dreamt to visit, hopefully I’ll find the chance soon. Thank you so much for giving me a chance to take a glimpse of the UK.

    LaiAriel

  9. Sumti says: Reply

    Did not heard of this before but seems to be nice place. Titanic is one of my favorite movie. To experience it.. This will be a fun.

  10. I really enjoyed this, I was in Belfast over 15 years ago and really loved the City and am planning to spend some quality housesitting time there in the near future. My family comes from Ballymena just down the road from Belfast and so I don’t get into town very often when I visit but it is on the top of my bucket list to spend 6 months in the area and explore all these sites. There is so much to see in Northern Ireland that I hope others take the time to really explore and experience it.

  11. I have always been fascinated by the Titanic story but didn’t know there was a museum built for it. It would have been a great experience walking through each one of the galleries. Ireland is high on my bucket list and I will add this to my must visit list.

  12. Fascinating! I had no idea the Titanic was built in Belfast. I’ve seen the exhibit of Titanic at the science museum in St. Paul after parts of it were resurrected a few years ago. It was quite interesting!

  13. Fray says: Reply

    Stunning!

    Belfast is so close (to Manchester), but I’ve just never got around to going. You’ve definitely inspired me to check out flights!

    The Titanic experience looks truly epic, and a lot to take in just on it’s own.

    I loved the poetic, flowery language too… painted the scene perfectly 🙂

  14. Julia says: Reply

    Sounds like a very interesting place to visit. The tragedy of the Titanic is something everyone knows about – especially since the movie. Would be interesting to visit and see the truth about it. 🙂 Thanks!

  15. Deni says: Reply

    The museum sounds so well curated and I love the interactive elements they included! Do they play the survivors’ stories on loop? And how much did it cost to go?

  16. Rosey says: Reply

    The Titanic Belfast looks interesting with so much to explore inside. I’d love to visit the museum.

  17. I love the building, so eye catching. I like out of the ordinary shaped buildings.

    Whey a great and historical experience you went on.

  18. Glad to have read your post and know about this Titanic experience. It never occurred to me that Ireland would have had anything to do with the whole Titanic story, so that’s a good learning point!

    Our new home- Boston has flights at at very reasonable rates to Ireland and we have thinking to travel there soon, maybe another reason now added to the list 🙂

  19. Our Family World says: Reply

    What a fun experiences! I’ve never been in this museum, I’m a fan of Titanic and I should see this.

  20. oh wow!!! The Titanic Experience is a must when in Belfast… We were in Branson, MO lately But we missed the Titanic Museum. BUT, I would never miss the World’s Largest Titanic Exhibition in Belfast… hahaha Thanks for sharing… #goosebumps

  21. Elizabeth O. says: Reply

    I have always been interested in the Titanic and its fascinating story! I think it’s amazing to have a place that allows you to learn more about it. I would love to visit someday.

  22. We have no visited Belfast but hope to soon! I am a history junkie so visiting the Titanic Exhibition would be on my list of things to visit for sure! And maybe I will leave the kids to run around and explore the city so I have time to browse by myself.

  23. Titanic Belfast looks like a really nice interesting exhibit! I’ve never been to a museum like that. Would love to visit.

  24. Sheena says: Reply

    The building looks like it’s worth a visit for the architecture itself. It’s incredible, I love it. Sounds like the exhibits inside are worthy of the space. Ireland has been on my radar for years, I’m hoping to visit next year. I’d never thought much about Belfast before but it looks like a great city & as a history lover, the Titanic museum would be worth a visit alone

  25. I never heard about this museum and after reading your post it really feels great to know about the place in detail. Brilliant write-up and coverage!

  26. Marge says: Reply

    Oh my god, Titanic is one of my all time favorite films! I just love everything about that movie. So I am definitely interested to see its museum. I want to see the artificats upclose and learn more about the tragedy that happened.

  27. Watched that on the travel show for the first time. Its is so much amazing. the way they have presented everything….

  28. The theme song My heart will go on is playing on my mind while reading your article. Haahha! It was such a timeless movie so no doubt that it has a museum. But honestly, the architecture of the Church of Belfast turns me on more! Its sooooo beautiful!

  29. Oh this was fascinating! I knew it was built in Belfast, but had no idea they had this whole set up for it. I’ll definitely need to visit sometime soon! I do so love exploring the history of a place and major events, this is right up my alley. Thanks for letting us know about it!

  30. Vyjay says: Reply

    This sure is a spellbinding experience. The ride back in time to experience the birth and the fateful demise of the Titanic seems really fascinating. I am sure it was a thrilling and at the same time moving audio visual experience.

  31. Iris says: Reply

    So informative, thanks! I’m looking forward to going to Belfast: actually I do hope I’ll do an exchange program in Ireland in order to visit the whole country. I’ll keep this article in mind of course!

  32. “As Celine Dion’s song ‘My Heart Will Go On’ plays in the background visitors can learn the myths and facts of Titanic in the eighth gallery” aren’t you having a goosebumps while visiting this part of the gallery? This is one of the timeless movies ever created here on earth. You’re so fortunate to visit its Museum. The place looks Marvelous and you get to learn about the full history of Belfast, it was a very educational visit and it wasn’t just about the Titanic.

  33. WOW! I didnot know there was a museum for Titanic. This would be so cool. Would love to see it. I heard rumours around 2nd Titanic being built. Not sure if that is true.

  34. I remember seeing that building in one of the top 50 quirkiest buildings of the world. The coolest thing is you just didn’t learn about titanic but so much more, and there was so much more to see! To move away from the hype and tell tales that are worth it kind of makes me like this place more! 😀

  35. Tom says: Reply

    I’ve managed to never see the movie, and I loathe the Celine Dion song. But I would still totally go to this exhibit, because it sounds fascinating.

  36. This is the second post I have read on Belfast in the last one week and yours has only reconfirmed my interest in this destination. The additional feature of the Titanic really fascinates me, and I suppose this would be a highlight for me, when we do go. I loved that movie and would love to delve into the history surrounding it.

  37. Anju says: Reply

    Titanic is one of my favorite movies, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve watched it! This place is really cool, one can get a glimpse of what it was like in reality, along with its sobering truth. And with a background of My Heart will Go On, sounds like an apt setting.

  38. blair villanueva says: Reply

    Visiting this gallery would be an exciting experience, and would complete my whole Titanic love affair. Yeah I’ve watched it like a hundred if times and still can’t get over it.

  39. Shane says: Reply

    Love the titanic such a classic! Would be such a neat experience! We had a titanic exhibit at our local museum but that didn’t last long

  40. I have already seen an exhibit of the Titanic and its tragic story in Liverpool and really liked it, I would be glad to see a whole museum dedicated to the Titanic, didn’t even know it existed! Hope I could go to Belfast and see that museum!

  41. Joanna says: Reply

    I can imagine how impressive and emotional it is to visit the Titanic experience. I have seen the movie so many times and every time I end up crying and imagining how awful and frightening it must have been for the passengers.

  42. I loved this museum, I was there last year and found it incredibly interesting and interactive!
    The history behind the Titanic is actually quite curious and it means so much for the city of Belfast! Definitely a must when you’re visiting Northern Ireland

  43. EG III says: Reply

    I had no idea that Belfast was where the RMS Titanic embarked from but now that I the Titanic Belfast Experience alone looks like a good enough reason to visit the city. I’d also be interested to know if you actually took the tour of Crumlin Road Gaol because I’ve gone on prison tours in other locations and they usually leave quite a strong impression.

  44. Ana says: Reply

    I bet, visiting Titanic Belfast would have been an experience of the lifetime to live and witness the past misery of the ship larger that life! Also, loved the architecture of the Belfast City Hall and Cathedral!

  45. I loved the Titanic experience to the point I went twice! It is a great museum being deemed on of the best in all of the UK. I loved that in the early morning when still dark the dock illuminates to the length of the doomed ship so you can get an idea of exactly how big it was. Although a very sad part of history the museum does highlight it beautifully and gives people the opportunity to learn more about this tragic event.

  46. Tae says: Reply

    The Church of Belfast is stunning and I would love to see the Titanic museum – pretty cool that the ship appeared as realistic 😀 what a fun adventure.

  47. Incredible museum.
    Good that you could take pictures. The movie is my all time fav. and the pic of the staircase – very well taken with your hero posing. 🙂
    The cathedral seems big and magnificent.

  48. Love the way you tell about the place. It’s amazing information about the places with wonderful pics. I’ve never gone there before. Noted it!

  49. Ami says: Reply

    The Titanic experience feels like a bittersweet one. To see such grandeur and then remember the catastrophe. Nonetheless, I know I would still want to do it. Lovely pics and narrative. Cheers

  50. Belfast! One of the places to look forward to for my future Euro trip! Look at those architectural and historical delights!

  51. A very curious and exquisite collection of exhibits! I generally am not a museum person, but this one I’ll be game for, coz the movie had really touched me:)

  52. What an interesting visit! Reminds me of my visit of HMS Victory (a much older boat) in Portsmouth which was more fun than I had imagined!

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