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.
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.
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.
Get to know the opulent fit-out of titanic through the recreated cabin and displays of baggage and crockery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Walk through the decks and the intricate interiors of the ship and experience the 100 years old maritime glory.
At dusk, the marvelous Titanic Belfast was beautifully illumination. It looked like a gigantic ship shimmering under the moon ready for another exciting voyage.
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.
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.
There are numerous architectural gems scattered around the downtown. Below is the picture of the Church House of Belfast.
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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