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Published March 4th 2020
Sail away on an unforgettable journey on board the Titanic


We have struck an iceberg.

Sinking head down.

Come soon as possible."

SOS messages from Titanic to Olympic, from 1.00am to 1.10am on April 15, 1912

In the early morning hours of April 15 in the year 1912, a British passenger liner that was one of the largest ships afloat at the time, hit an ice berg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. More than 1500 people perished.

The ship's name was the RMS Titanic. The Titanic is one of the most famous ships in history, and its sinking one of the worst maritime disasters of all time. You can learn everyything that there is to know about the Titanic and so much more at the amazing Titanic Belfast.

The Titanic Belfast takes you back in time on an unforgettable journey of learning and discovery. Located at the very place where the Titanic itself was built and first launched, your Titanic experience takes you through more than nine interactive galleries with amazing special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features.

A little background to the Titanic
Built in Belfast, Ireland, in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (as it was then known), the RMS Titanic was the second of the three Olympic-class ocean liners—the first was the RMS Olympic and the third was the HMHS Britannic. They were by far the largest vessels of the British shipping company White Star Line's fleet, which comprised 29 steamers and tenders in 1912. The ships were constructed by the Belfast shipbuilders Harland and Wolff, who had a long-established relationship with the White Star Line dating back to 1867.

The Titanic Experience: A Walk Through History
The Titanic Experience recreates the city of Belfast as it was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries CE. In the late nineteenth century, Belfast became a boom town, overtaking Dublin as the largest city in Ireland.

However, there were troubles in the city over the issue of home rule between Catholics and Protestants. It wasn't until 1920-22 (more than eight years after the Titanic sank) when Belfast became the capital of the new entity of Northern Ireland as the island of Ireland was partitioned. What followed was the Irish War of Independence, which was the bloodiest sectarian conflict in the city until the Troubles of the 1960s. As you walk through the interactive galleries, you'll step right back in time to the days of conflict.

However, in spite of the conflicts between Catholics and Protestants, the Harland and Wolff shipyards became one of the largest shipbuilders in the world, employing up to 35,000 workers.

You'll see the original nineteenth century Harland & Wolff gates on display in the galleries as well as a magnificent Time Clock from the Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices.

You'll also go on a journey via electronic car through the shipyard.

Titanic Museum

You'll experience the excitement of launch day and step on the slipways where the Titanic and its sister ship Olympic were built and first launched.

And you'll marvel at the Titanic's opulent interior. After all, the ship had carried some of the wealthiest people in the world, and the first-class accommodation had been designed to be the pinnacle of comfort and luxury.
Titanic Museum

You'll walk the decks on its maiden voyage on April 2, 1912.

And you'll experience the last moments of the Titanic as it collided with the iceberg at 11.40pm on April 14, 1912. It is a surreal and haunting experience reading the desperate SOS messages of the RMS Titanic. More than anything else in the Museum, these messages will transport you back to those last awful, absolutely tragic moments.

Original Artefacts
As you walk through the galleries, you'll come across original artefacts from the Titanic and White Star Line, such as White Star Line china, tickets for the Titanic launch day on May 31, 1911; the last lunch menu for first class passengers, the 18 carat gold pocket watch of Lord William James Alexander Pirrie, Chairman of Harland and Wolff, and the last letter ever written on board the Titanic. The letter was written by Esther Hart and her seven-year-old daughter Eva just eight hours before the ship hit the iceberg in April, 1912. The letter, intended for Esther's mother in the UK, only survived because it was in the pocket of her husband's coat which he had given her to keep warm. He was one of over 1,500 people to die in the disaster.

The Aftermath
The final galleries take you through the the British and American inquiries following the Titanic disaster as well as the tales of heroism such as that of Margaret Brown who helped survivors in her lifeboat and on the Carpathia, the British passenger liner that was best known for rescuing survivors from the Titanic. You'll also get to explore the wreck of the Titanic as well as the books, films, and legends of the Titanic that remain today.
Titanic Museum

The SS Nomadic
Just a short stroll from the Titanic Belfast is the SS Nomadic - tender to RMS Titanic and the last remaining White Star Line ship in the world. The SS Nomadic has been restored to her original 1911 glory. The story of the RMS Titanic is not complete without a visit to this historic ship.

The Essentials
The RMS Titanic is a ship that will never be forgotten. And the Titanic Belfast's Titanic Experience is one that you will never forget.

Titanic Belfast is open daily all year round, except for the period December 24-26.
Standard Titanic Experience admission prices (which includes entrance to SS Nomadic) are: Adult £19.00; Child aged 5-16 £8.50; Child under 5 Free; and Seniors (60 ) [Mon-Fri Only] £15.50. Please note that tickets for Titanic Belfast are based on a timed ticketing with slots available every 15 minutes. SS Nomadic tickets are valid for 24 hours from purchase.

Titanic Belfast is a fully accessible space. Facilities include toilets, underground car parking, bicycle parking, ATM machines, lockers, three food and drink venues (Pantry Restaurant, Gallery Cafe, and Hickson's Point bar), an excellent gift shop, and electric car charging points. Titanic Belfast also hosts special events such as Sunday Afternoon High Teas, weddings and 'A Night To Remember' on April 14, the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

Titanic Belfast is located at 1 Olympic Way, Queens Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast. For more information, please visit their website here.

"Far across the distance

And spaces between us

You have come to show you go on

Near, far, wherever you are

I believe that the heart does go on

Once more you open the door

And you're here in my heart

And my heart will go on and on"

Lyrics from 'My heart will go on' by Celine Dion, from the soundtrack of the 1997 film Titanic

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Why? For an unforgettable journey back in time on board an unforgettable ship
When: Open daily year round except for the period December 24-26.
Phone: 0808 503 5836
Where: Titanic Belfast, 1 Olympic Way, Queens Road,Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9EP
Cost: Varies. Please see website for more details.
Your Comment
I think most of us got our Titanic knowledge from the movie, This looks like a very sobering historic experience,
by May Cross (score: 3|8197) 815 days ago
What an incredible 'journey' to take, Belladonna. A well-deserved Silver!
by Elaine (score: 3|8840) 815 days ago
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