Your Guide to Visiting one of Belfast’s Most Popular Tourist Attractions – Titanic Belfast

On April 14th 1912, only four days into its maiden voyage, the RMS Titanic collided with a massive iceberg near Newfoundland, Canada and sank to the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean taking about 1,500 passengers and crew with her.

Experts are still debating possible causes of this historic disaster of why the ship sank to its watery grave where it remained for 73 years before being discovered by the oceanographer Robert Ballard.

Some say that the wireless radio operator dismissed the iceberg warning others seem to blame the Titanic’s skipper, Captain E.J. Smith, for sailing the massive ship at such a high speed through the iceberg-heavy waters of the North Atlantic.

The tragedy left a permanent mark on the World, and it was felt hard in Belfast where the ship was commissioned, designed and constructed at the massive Harland and Wolff shipyards because so many years and so much work had gone into its creation with the help of some 3,000 workers.

Titanic Exhibition in Belfast opened up a hundred years later, on Saturday 31st March 2012 tracing the story of the ship from Belfast’s industrial history through to modern-day efforts to view and protect the wreckage. It is simply unmissable if you find yourself flocking to Northern Ireland’s capital. 

Various exhibitions detail every step from the construction of the ship, and the subsequent inquiries to its sinking, the Ocean Exploration Centre, extends over nine interactive galleries. One of the visitors’ favourite parts is the shipyard ride where the carriage travels through a riveting part of the construction of the Titanic.

Titanic Belfast has become a major new tourist attraction for Northern Ireland.

Origins of the Museum

Titanic Belfast is situated on Queen’s Island directly next to the Titanic Slipways, which was formerly derelict land. It was reclaimed in 2001 and renamed the ‘Titanic Quarter’, and earmarked for regeneration.

With a history of shipbuilding dating back as far as the late 1700s, Queen’s Island, formerly known as ‘Dargan’s Island’ has a rich and unique maritime heritage, protected today by the charity Maritime Belfast Trust.

The plans to build a museum dedicated to the ship were made in 2005 and London architects CivicArts are responsible for the original design concept, while local practice Todd Architects and interior designer Kay Elliott worked alongside them to deliver the completed building.

The total cost of the building reached £101 million; 50% was provided by the NI Executive through the NI Tourist Board and the other 50% was provided by Titanic Quarter Ltd, a sister company of Harcourt Developments, who bought over and developed the lands where the museum rests.

Did you know…

The Titanic sign, located in front of the museum, was cut from a steel plate, 2.5cm thick, similar to the ones used in the construction of the ship.
This sign weighs 16 tons, the same weight as the front anchor on the Titanic.

Titanic Gifts and Souvenirs can be purchased at the Titanic Store.

What can you do and see at the Titanic Belfast Experience

The RMS Titanic was built in Belfast’s dockyards by shipbuilders Harland and Wolff and by visiting Titanic Belfast, you can learn all about the infamous unsinkable ship in the world’s largest Titanic museum.

It’s located in the same place where the boat itself was built and upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a striking building that replicates the hulls of four ships and elevates them 27 meters high, the same as the Titanic, from the keel to the deck and makes for a very captivating visit.

The massive 14,000 sq.m building features nine interpretative and interactive galleries that explore the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Titanic, as well as the city and people that made her 100 years ago.

The exhibition starts with the history of Belfast, displaying how its industries were booming at the time of the Titanic. Then we enter the shipyard and get to witness the hard labour employed in the construction of the ship.

After that comes the details of the launch of the ship followed by a 3D trip where we travel to various floors of the vessel to discover the various types of accommodation on board. The tour goes on to look at the sinking of the ship and what came after the shipwreck.

The Titanic Experience is the world’s most authentic retelling of the iconic story.

Stop by the Titanic’s Dock & Pump-House

The access ticket to the Titanic Experience also entitles you to visit the SS Nomadic which is considered the Titanic’s little sister and the last remaining vessel of the White Star company.

Stepping on board SS Nomadic allows you to experience first-hand what it was like to be a passenger boarding RMS Titanic on her fateful maiden voyage, to marvel at the intricate details and the contrasts between the separated class areas onboard.

After experiencing the Nomadic’s story that’s told through a wide variety of interactive, hands-on, technical and traditional storytelling methods, to get a feel for the massive scale of the Titanic, you have to visit Titanic’s Dock and Pump House located just a ten-minute walk from the Titanic Museum, too.

By going on a guided tour, you can follow in the footsteps of Titanic’s builders and marvel at her size as you walk along with the original keel blocks where she rested in 1912, and you have a unique opportunity to explore the site where Titanic last rested on dry ground and absorb the authenticity of her physical footprint in history.

Nowhere else on earth can bring you this close to Titanic – the world’s most famous liner, built in Belfast.

Some of the interesting Titanic facts you need to know

When Titanic was launched on 31st May 1911 spectators and journalists travelled from as far as America to see the spectacle.

Around 300 American passengers were aboard the ship for the Titanic’s maiden voyage.

Titanic of course sank on route to New York and now lies 370 miles off the coast of Newfoundland, nearly two and a half miles (4000m) below sea level overlooking a small canyon below.

RMS Titanic was actually owned by an American! Although the RMS Titanic was registered as a British ship, it was owned by the American tycoon, John Pierpont (J.P.) Morgan, whose company was the controlling trust and retained ownership of the White Star Line!

The discovery of the Titanic stemmed from a secret United States Navy investigation of two wrecked nuclear submarines from the Cold War (U.S.S. Thresher and U.S.S. Scorpion). When Ballard had completed his mission, he was able to go and look for the Titanic.

The wreck of the ship was discovered by American oceanographer, Dr Robert Ballard 73 years after it sunk in 1985.

The concept architect of Titanic Belfast, Eric Kuhne, is from Texas, USA. 

Film director James Cameron, Former United States Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, the American rock band Journey and Jonathan Knight from New Kids On The Block have all visited Titanic Belfast.

You can even see the tools and technology used by past and present underwater explorers.

Useful things to know before you go

Currency used in Northern Ireland | As part of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland’s currency is the pound sterling (£). Usually, individual currency notes are available from all the major banks operating in Northern Ireland.

This can be confusing for visitors as not only will you find standard English (Bank of England) notes in circulation but also Sterling from Ulster Bank, Bank of Ireland and Northern Bank as well as notes from Scottish banks and occasional Bank of Isle of Man notes.

How long does the tour take | It took us nearly three hours to do the Titanic Experience and visit the SS Nomadic. If you desire to see in detail all the pieces portrayed here, wish to grab a bite in one of the dining spaces next to the main lobby and visit the shop, then you should allow more time for your visit.

Getting to the Titanic Museum | Located in the heart of Titanic Quarter, tucked behind the SSE Arena and overlooking the Belfast Lough, Titanic Belfast is just a short walk from Belfast’s city centre, with easy access to public transport and car parking available. 

Admission Prices | The Standard Titanic Experience Admission costs £19 per adult and £8.50 for a child aged between 5 and 16 while children under the age of 5 enter free of charge.

Opening Hours | Titanic Belfast operate seasonal opening hours with the last admission to the Titanic Experience 1 hour 40 minutes before closing time. SS Nomadic opens reduced hours in line with Titanic Belfast’s seasonal schedule.

Safety | Northern Ireland is as safe as anywhere else, but there are areas where the sectarian divide is bitterly pronounced, most notably in parts of Belfast, the interface areas of North Belfast particularly.

The façade of the museum is clad in three thousand different shaped silver anodized aluminium sheets.

Other things to do in the city

Belfast is not all about its museums and the Titanic although they are pretty darn good. There are many things to do in Belfast, and there is little chance you could get through them all unless you are planning on staying for a good while.

Free things to do | St. Georges Market, the big fish, SC Lewis Square, Belfast City Hall, Linen Hall Library, Botanic Gardens

Urban exploring | From Linen Quarter and CS Lewis Square interactive trail to Maritime Mile and Titanic Trail, there is plenty to see and do. Belfast also has incredible street art and you can discover a lot of it on a stroll from the city centre to the Cathedral Quarter.

Cave Hill | Remember the adventure story Gulliver’s Travels, a novel written by Jonathan Swift, involving the voyages of Lemuel Gulliver? It is said that Swift took his inspiration from the mountain Napoleon’s Nose, a cliff face overlooking Belfast city.

Belfast Castle | is a great place to get away from Bustling city. Situated on the slopes of Cave Hill county park, it overlooks Belfast Lough. If you are driving, it only takes 15 minutes to get there, or you can take buses 1A TO 1H from Donegall Square West to Belfast Castle.

Belfast Castle is located on the slopes of Cavehill Country Park.

Arriving in Belfast from Dublin

Belfast is an easy city to reach from multiple locations around the world. From the UK, you can either fly or take the ferry. Ferries to Belfast depart from Liverpool, Cairnryan (Scotland) and the Isle of Man. 

Since the opening of the long-awaited new motorway, travel time between the two biggest cities on the island is now reduced to 90 minutes, and it is very common for visitors flying into Dublin to schedule a few days in Northern Ireland too.

There are multiple bus options from Dublin, including a direct service from Dublin Airport.

Don’t worry about your passport, there are no formalities when crossing the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

In fact, the only signs to look out for are different vehicle registration plates, red post boxes, as well as road signs stating that the speed limit is measured in miles and that to pay for your dinner you will require Pound Sterling.

The Botanic Gardens in Belfast on a sunny summer’s day.

Where to stay in Belfast

If you’re planning a visit to the city and are wondering about the best places to stay in Belfast, there are a few neighbourhoods worth considering. If you’re coming to Belfast for the first time, and want to focus on sightseeing, the food and drinks scene, and Belfast’s exceptional cultural attractions, Central Belfast and the Cathedral Quarter are the best neighbourhoods in the city.

While there are plenty of small neighbourhoods around Belfast worth staying at, I wanted to focus on what I think are the best areas to stay in Belfast as a visitor.

The Cathedral Quarter | the Cathedral Quarter is home to the city’s art scene, and many of Belfast’s most famous street murals are found here. In addition to breathtaking architecture and plenty of open-air gigs and food and music festivals, you’ll also find a few historic pubs.

Queens Quarter | Like many university neighbourhoods, Queens Quarter is more affordable than surrounding areas and has a young and hip vibe to it. Here you’ll find many vintage shops, eclectic cafés and second-hand bookstores as well as two of the most popular attractions in Belfast: the Ulster Museum and the Botanic Gardens.

Central Belfast | Central Belfast is lively, vibrant and full of options to entertain newcomers and locals alike and it’s where nightlife, culture, food and drink happen,. At the heart of it is the majestic City Hall building which hosts a variety of events at Belfast Christmas Market. In addition to many hotels, it’s also a fantastic place to stay in the city if you plan on taking day trips to the surrounding towns and cities, as the train and bus stations are within walking distance.

Our hotel in central Belfast was close to all the amenities and tourist attractions.

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85 thoughts on “Your Guide to Visiting one of Belfast’s Most Popular Tourist Attractions – Titanic Belfast

    1. Thank you kindly. I was delighted to delve into the fascinating history of the Titanic at Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic exhibition, on a self-guided tour of the magnificent museum. The introduction to the experience telling how Belfast became such an important shipbuilding centre put the story into context. Thanks for stopping by and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva

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  1. I have been to Belfast several times in my years in Dublin, the motorway and the Titanic museum were still under construction when I last visited. It’s certainly an interesting venue given the notoriety of the Titanic, it’s good to know more about it. Thank you for this handy review.

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    1. The whole site was truly an excellent experience, giving us the opportunity to understand the working classes of the early 19th-century in shipbuilding. The sadness was captured along with the memories of those involved both those lost & survived. We ended up spending more than 3 hours at the museum & could’ve stayed hours longer. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva

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    1. Thanks so much. The trip through the ship as it was being built gave us a small idea of the working conditions and the display of the first-class accommodations was an eye-opener and the memories of the survivors were very moving. I would definitely recommend visiting the museum if you are ever planning on visiting Belfast City 🙂 Aiva

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  2. Excellent post! I have long been fascinated by the Titanic story, so this is an essential stop one day if I ever make it to Belfast. It looks like they’ve done a great job getting the look and feel of the place correct, right down to the little details.

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    1. Thank you, Leighton. Titanic Belfast, located in a beautiful building (the concept for the building design was to replicate four 38 m (126 ft) high pointed hulls, the same height as the Titanic), was a highlight of our trip to Belfast, and the museum itself was quite fascinating guiding visitors through the journey of the cities shipyards through to the sinking of the Titanic. There is a lot of information and I would recommend at least 2 hours to see it all. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva

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    1. I am glad to hear you had a great time visiting Belfast and Titatin which is the centrepiece of the regeneration of Belfast’s dockyards. This was our fourth visit to the museum – anyone who wants to go beyond the Titanic Movie and see the history of the making of the amazing ship, this is a great place to visit 🙂 I have to say – the COVID protocols and safety measures the staff and museum took made me and the family feel very safe while being able to fully enjoy the exhibit. Thanks for stopping by, and have a nice day, Marion 🙂 Aiva

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    1. Thanks so much 🙂 This museum has been really well thought out, with written, oral and interactive information about Belfast’s shipbuilding past, the Titanic and then onto oceanography. There are also very beautiful views from the windows. Thanks for stopping by, and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva xx

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  3. Excellent post Aiva. This is something we plan to do when we come back to Ireland. We only bounced off the side of Belfast when we travelled to the Giant’s Causeway. We have been to the Titanic Museum in Halifax NZ, but this is much smaller. Still, in all, very interesting history. Stay well. Allan

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    1. Thank you, Allan 🙂 One of the main reasons we visited Belfast was to see the museum and we spent a good few hours there. The museum covers much more than Titanic, setting out the emergence of the city and associated industries. I know there’s a lovely Titanic Museum in Cornwall and one in Pigeon Forge, but never knew there’s one in Titanic Museum in Halifax NZ, too. But then again, I shouldn’t be surprised as for some of those who lost their lives aboard the ill-fated vessel, Halifax, Nova Scotia is where their story came to an end. Thanks for stopping by, and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva

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  4. I hadn’t heard of this museum opening. As with many other people I’ve read many accounts of Titanic, but you also added a few new details. The museum sounds fascinating. Thanks for all of the great information, hopefully one day we’ll get to visit. Maggie

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    1. Walking onto the SS Nomadic you really got a sense of what it was like to step back in time and onto the Titanic. The visitor centre is wonderful, so much information available – the museum provides a detailed history of Belfast, about shipbuilding and the Titanic. We had an amazing family day at the Titanic museum it is one of the most interesting museums I have been to. Really hits home how much the ship was an icon for Belfast and the tragic ending it befell. Thanks for stopping by, and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva xxx

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    1. Thanks so much, Rebecca! I was delighted to see the Museum for the fourth time. The concept for the building design was to replicate four 38 m (126 ft) high pointed hulls, the same height as the Titanic. The exterior façade is clad in 3,000 individual silver anodised aluminium shards which provide a shimmering effect in sunlight. With two-thirds of the shards having a unique geometrical design, a process of ‘virtual prototyping’ was developed especially for the project by Todd Architects. It’s well worth the visit 🙂 Aiva

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  5. There is so much mystique around the sinking of the Titanic, but many people (me included) don’t know much beyond the dramatic and deadly ending of this ship and many of its passengers. Visiting this museum and learning about the shipbuilding industry in Belfast’s history, the Titanic’s construction and its launch would be fascinating. As usual, Aiva, you have provided excellent details for planning a trip to the Titanic Exhibition in Belfast. I’m also pleasantly surprised to read that it’s only a 90 minute drive from Dublin (it looks so much further on a map). This isn’t a long drive for Canadians who are used to massive distances.

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    1. Thanks so much, Caroline 🙂 I loved visiting the museum and found that the Titanic exhibition is an expertly presented reflection of the success and trials of the shipbuilding industry, particularly in the early years of the 20th century. I was reminded of the demanding working conditions for thousands of employees, the reliance on older engineering methods (including the infamous role of riveting the steel plates together) and the scale of the demands made on employees before the modern cranes of Samson and Goliath were invented. I know what you mean about being used to driving long stretches of roads in Canada – the Trans-Canada Highway alone extendes nearly 5,000 miles and crosses six time zones; something we Europeans find totally fascinating. Thanks for stopping by, I hope all is well 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Hi, Mark. I am glad to hear you’ve been to the museum, too. This is the best exhibition/museum I have ever visited, and the building built to house it is simply an architectural triumph. We spent more than 3 hours enjoying this place (if you can enjoy reading about such a terrible disaster). From the history of Belfast through to the disaster happening, it covered so much more than a sinking ship. Thanks for stopping by, and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva

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  6. Amazing blog post! I have never been to Belfast but I will for sure visit this museum if I ever go. My knowledge on the topic is pretty poor (though a bit better now that I have read your article) but I am sure there is plenty of things to learn that are not in the movie (which I haven’t actually seen..) for obvious reasons! Thanks for sharing 😊

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    1. Thank you kindly, Juliette! Visiting Belfast and learning all about the infamous unsinkable ship in the world’s largest Titanic museum, right where the ship was designed and built, was an amazing experience for the whole family. As this was our first trip where we stayed in a hotel and visited a technically different country, it was even more special. I was quite obsessed with the Titanic movie when it first hit the screens in 1997 – I was only 17 years old and I watched it at my friend’s house on VHS tape, but haven’t seen it ever since! Thanks for stopping by, and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Hi, Meg 🙂 The magnificent modern building is emblematic of the changing face of Belfast and expertly recounts the historic tales of the Titanic ship and her sister ships RMS Olympic and RMS Britannic. We had a memorable experience visiting the museum and learning about it throughout its nine interactive galleries. Thanks for stopping by, and have a lovely day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Thank you kindly 🙂 As the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience, the museum provided us with an original, in-depth experience of the historic ship. What’s more – this was our first trip to Northern Ireland since the pandemic started and it felt so good to travel again as Belfast is technically located in a different country. Thanks for stopping by and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Belfast and the Titanic will forever be linked together in history. 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. Thanks for stopping by and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Yes, the Titanic ship was constructed n Belfast, but, of course, Belfast’s shipbuilding and maritime history consist 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. I hope you get to visit Northern Ireland one day, it’s a truly fascinating place to explore 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva xx

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  7. Smashing good post Aiva, such an interesting place is Belfast, so much history and your photographs are fabulous! Definitely putting it on my travel list and with the information you provide I am sure I can have a great time there. Cheers and all the best to you.

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    1. Thank you kindly, Francisco. I’ve been fascinated by the Titanic ship, as the RMS Titanic was the largest ship ever built at the time, for a long time now, and this was my fourth visit to the museum. The grand ship was designed with a capacity of accommodating 2,453 passengers and over 900 crew members, can you imagine that? Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva xx

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      1. It is fascinating the story of the Titanic and the museum has to be worthy of many visits for sure. Thank you Aiva for such wonderful reporting! Have a great middle of the week! 😎

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    1. I was delighted to visit the museum once more, Marie 🙂 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, and while they might be right, the museum still is a work of art building worth visiting. Have a nice day 🙂 Aiva xx


  8. What an amazing exhibit!! I have always been fascinated by the Titanic and would love to visit this museum someday – this is the first I’ve heard of it. That’s also really interesting that the Titanic was owned by JP Morgan, I had no idea. Thanks for sharing!

    Miles of smiles,

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    1. Thank you kindly, Grace 🙂 Belfast is a historic city with grand buildings, cobbled streets and interesting focal points at every turn, and one such place is Titanic Museum. The Titanic Museum shares stories of passengers and provides tours about the tragedy. There are nine interactive galleries, and it even has Titanic’s actual tender ship the SS Nomadic – the last remaining White Star Line ship in the world – for you to walk through. Thanks for stopping by, and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva xx


  9. Hi, Aiva. The Titanic Exhibition in Belfast sounds fascinating and very educational. It’s hard to believe that it took 73 years to find the wreck of the ship. I also had no idea that it was owned by an American. All this talk about the Titanic makes me want to rewatch the film now. Thanks for sharing. I’ll have to add this to my list for when I eventually make it to Belfast. Linda

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    1. It is an amazing place to visit, Linda! 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. I am glad to see that things have changed after so many years. Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Aiva x

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  10. Belfast is super fun. Thanks for sharing priceless adventure travel tips. Can’t wait to travel outside U.S. again. Life can go on doing what we enjoy and love with safety from covid in mind using the best of Science and Wisdom has to offer. Getting my booster this week so I can hopefully travel more, that is if my boss approve my nov , dec and feb request. Thanks 🙏

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    1. Belfast is a vibrant city, brimming with traditional music, award-winning food and historical significance and its size make it a perfect weekend getaway or day trip. I am glad to hear you are getting your booster, as someone with an underlying medical condition, I’ve got mine on Monday. While the fatigue and pain at the injection site are the most commonly reported side effects, I didn’t experience any side effects at all. Thanks for stopping by, and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva

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    1. Hi, Rosie 🙂 Belfast was once the powerhouse of British Empire shipbuilding, a fact that can’t be missed in this part of the city. There are nine interactive exhibitions on this spot where the infamously ill-fated ocean liner Titanic was built and each of them offers a memorable experience 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. A striking landmark, this star-shaped building representing the White Star Line logo traces Belfast’s maritime history and honours the story of the RMS Titanic. It is well worth a visit if you ever happen to be in Belfast 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend 🙂 Aiva xx


  11. That looks so cool, Aiva! I would love to visit the Titanic Museum. We have traveled through Belfast many times but rarely stopped to really ‘visit’. My mum used to regularly fly to work in Belfast in the 1960’s – before the troubles. Have a lovely weekend. K x

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    1. Thanks so much, Kerry 🙂 I’ve always had a soft spot for Belfast! Most recently, Northern Ireland’s role as the filming location for Game of Thrones has brought another wave of tourists. For those in the know, even during the bad times, this corner of Ireland was always high on the sightseeing agenda. Legendary natural attractions, such as the mystical Giant’s Causeway, join newer arrivals, such as Belfast Titanic, as top things to do. Thanks for stopping by and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva xx

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      1. My mum took me on vacation twice to Portrush in the 60s. I was overwhelmed at the Giant’s Causeway and remained so until my geologist husband explained the magic away… K x


  12. A Titanic museum must be heartbreaking.
    Belfast? Ne’er been there. The name just rings of endless civil war. Hopefully at a standstill now.
    Only been to Dublin once. For a few days to visit an old Irish friend.
    All well?

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    1. The real-life Titanic story is definitely more heartbreaking than Jack and Rose’s, that’s for sure! But the museum itself is quite fascinating as it gives you a glimpse of Belfast, the shipbuilding industry and how the Titanic was built. It covers the whole lifespan of the Titanic, from the origins of it being built to its demise. There’s also a brilliant 3D effect on large screens which takes you through every deck of the ship. Would definitely recommend this tour. All is well, Brian. Kids are back to school after a short mid-term break, the COVID cases seem to be on the rise again, but we try to make the most of every day. Take care. Aiva 🙂 xx

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        1. We do need to get back to living again, Brian, I agree with that. And we do have to ask – at what point can we say the damage of lockdown outweighs the health benefits? When does ongoing harm to our mental health trump the number of infections? And at what point do we decide that the dire economic effects of lockdown must be reversed even as zero Covid eludes us? Take care xx

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          1. I agree. One truth of the matter is that many governements are just blocking everything (France for instance) based on the number of available rehab beds… Which have been badly reduced in recent years. Despite ever increasing public spending… Sigh…

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  13. This is the coolest thing I’ve seen all year. I would love to make it here some time. Of Course while I am there, I may have to check out the Game of Thrones sites also :-). Thank you for sharing this nugget of information!!

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    1. Hi, Pam! If you are a big fan of Game of Thrones, then you would be in for a treat when visiting Belfast. From the Titanic Museum, we could see the hangars where parts of the famous television series were filmed, and we had heaps of fun finding the locations of the Game of Thrones-themed stained glass windows in Belfast. To celebrate 10 years of filming in Northern Ireland, Tourism Ireland created six giant, stained glass windows depicting some of the most iconic scenes from Game of Thrones. The windows were unveiled to coincide with the final season of the show with each one representing a different house or legacy; including the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons, Targaryens, White Walkers and the Iron Throne. How amazing is that? Thanks for stopping by, and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. It is a sad story, I have to agree with you. We actually spent a fantastic afternoon at Titanic Belfast learning about how the city became one of the wealthiest in Europe before the shipyard built the Titanic and other ships. The whole experience is wonderful, but it gave me chills to hear the survivors speak about their experience. Thanks for stopping by and have a nice day. Greetings from rainy Sligo 🙂 Aiva xx

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  14. Very interesting. I bet one could spend an entire day here and feel like you’d hardly touched the surface. Thanks for sharing the info. One of these years when travel resumes Ireland is definitely on the list.

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    1. Hi, Bernie, how are you doing today? I hope all is well. Sorry for the late reply, just found your lovely comment in the spam folder, I’m glad I didn’t manage to delete it! Yes, Bernie, you can easily spend the whole day visiting the Titanic Museum, learning interesting facts about the city where the ship was built and towering over its innovative displays. There are lots of stairs to climb and it is rather maze like, but all very well organised. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva


      1. It’s WP insane sometimes Aiva? I have found regular readers comments in the spam a few times! So no worries about the late response. My own turn around time is a bit long these days as well. Bernie

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  15. Our reposition cruise next spring will be bopping around the British Isles. Perhaps we’ll look into an add on week to Ireland at the end of this trip. So thank you for the Belfast idea.

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    1. Titanic Museum is an absolute must if you are in Belfast as this experience is so much more than just about the Titanic which was built in Belfast. It is also about the city and its time. I hope you get to see it one day 🙂 Aiva


    1. I would say that 2 full days are generally adequate for Belfast itself. But then again – the one international airport serving the city is actually just eighteen miles west of Belfast, and the city is compact enough that, even if you had just a few hours, you could see quite a few of its sights. Just five hours would give you enough time to really appreciate the crown jewel of Belfast tourism: Titanic Belfast plus a few miscellaneous hours to grab a meal or just walk around the city. Have a great time visiting Belfast! Aiva


  16. Oh, I’m so sorry I missed this post! I love reading about the Titanic and you have some new snippets in your post that I was not aware of! And the bonus was the beautiful pictures of the Belfast Castle and the Botanic Gardens 😊.

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    1. I love all things Titanic, too! The museum in Belfast offers good insight into how the idea of the Titanic was introduced through to the build and eventual end life. I was very impressed by how the city realizes the importance of remembering these people and the hard work of so many for such a long period of time. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day 🙂 Aiva

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    1. It’s one of my favourite museums, too! The information is good for everyone and the examples of the rooms and working conditions are very helpful in understanding the conditions of the time. I really enjoyed hearing the backstory of the passengers and although some of it was a sombre read, it was quite gripping 🙂

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