The Titanic Belfast

The Titanic Belfast

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Titanic Belfast is a visitor attraction opened in 2012, a monument to Belfast's maritime heritage on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard in the city's Titanic Quarter where the RMS Titanic was built. The massive 14,000 sq.m.(150,700 sq.ft.) structure accommodates nine galleries of interactive exhibition space, including a dark ride, underwater exploration theatre, recreations of the ship’s cabins and a luxurious conference & banqueting suites.

The Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast, a World Leading Visitor Attraction, is located beside the Titanic Slipways, the Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices, and Hamilton Graving Dock – the very place where Titanic was designed, built, and launched. Titanic Belfast tells the story of Titanic from her conception, through her construction and launch, to her maiden voyage and subsequent place in history.

The Titanic Belfast Experience

The Titanic Experience is the world’s most authentic retelling of the iconic story. The self-guided tour extends over nine interactive galleries where you discover the sights, sounds, smells, and stories of the ship, as well as the people and city that made her.

The Titanic Belfast is hard to miss and includes some outdoor space with plaques and information, as well as restaurants, gift shops, and the Titanic Experience itself with 9 different exhibits spread out over multiple floors.

Titanic Belfast Exterior

When you first walk up to Titanic Belfast, you’re struck by the sharp lines of the building and the beautiful statue, Titanic, out front. The building was finished in 2012 and has lots of symbolism in its design, including the White Star logo and ships bows.

In the back of the Titanic Belfast, there are benches set out that are a visual representation of morse code, as well as an area to view the historic slipways where the Titanic was built and first launched. One can walk around this area, standing on the exact spot the Titanic would have stood.

The Titanic Memorial Garden

Visit the Titanic Memorial Garden where lawns alternate with timber decking to show the proportion of victims of the sinking ship that came from various parts of the ship.

Titanic Belfast Lobby

The lobby of Titanic Belfast is important to note in this Titanic Belfast review, as the interior is visually stunning. The central atrium holds the ticketing booths, the gift shop, The Galley Express Food Bar, and the Bistro 401 Restaurant. Right in the centre and up to one can see the architectural features that start your visit by putting you back in the early 1900s in Belfast’s shipbuilding quarter.

Boomtown Belfast

The first exhibit you come across is Boomtown Belfast, which is dedicated to explaining the history of Belfast around the time of the Titanic’s voyage. There are interactive displays, sounds going on all around you, and the chance to see artifacts from the early 1900s.

Towards the end of Boomtown Belfast, one can see Titanic’s construction plans and original models of the ship that was to be built.

Titanic Belfast – the Shipyard

This is the best part of Titanic Belfast, wherein there is an actual ride within the exhibit. It takes you through the recreated shipyard.

Titanic Belfast – the Launch

This is where Titanic’s history starts to be explored and the weight of it all starts to become clear.

Giant glass window panes allow you to look out to where the Titanic was launched on the 31st of May, 1911.

There are artifacts from its launch and plaques explaining the excitement and pride that was felt by the 100,000 people that attended that day.

Titanic Belfast – the Fit-Out

Next, we move into the Fit-Out exhibit which contains 3 examples of the type of cabins that were offered to passengers on the ship. You learn about where the crew would have lived, as well as the living conditions of the rich and the not-so-rich who opted for more crowded and basic cabins on the ship.

Titanic Belfast – the Maiden Voyage

Walk across the wooden boat deck and look out across the docks, or take a look at photographs taken on the ship for its very first leg of the journey.

Titanic Belfast – the Sinking

Suddenly, the whole tone of the museum changes and you are walking through a dark space with the sounds of morse code.  These were the ships’ SOS signals. You’ll read the messages sent to other ships, as well as hear the stories of survivors telling their accounts of what happened.

Titanic Belfast – the Aftermath

Through interactive screens, videos, and artifacts, you’ll learn about the world’s reaction to the sinking and follow the American and British inquiries into the disaster.

Titanic Belfast – Titanic Beneath

As you walk into the final room, you explore the Titanic where it lives today, on the bottom of the ocean floor. Follow along the journey of researchers and discoverers that worked to find the ship and then learn more about it by studying the wreckage.

This exhibit deals with the reality of that romanticization and how the journey goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day in the Ocean Exploration Centre.

A must go to this terrific museum that details the development as well as the building of the Titanic, the shipyard, and a lot more fascinating experiences.