Belfast is the place where the mighty ship Titanic was built. At the time she was the largest ship on the planet.
In the old docks area one ofd the old shipbuilding office buildigs is being converted to house a permanent Titanic museum.
The museum is situated on the slipways where the ship was originally constructed, in an area known as the Titanic Quarter. The area contains other buildings/sites relating to Titanic such as the Harland & Wolff Drawing Rooms and Titanic's Dock & Pump, both of which can be visited on a Titanic walking tour. Also in the area are the SS Nomadic, the ships original tender [was undergoing restoration still in June 2012 but due to open this year], the W5 Science & Discovery centre on the banks of the River Lagan and the new Public Records Office of Northern Ireland for those interested in researching family history etc
The museum was purpose built and opened in April 2012, the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
The actual building is scaled to represent the height of the ship as it would have sat in the water which gives you a fair idea of the sheer size of the structure. The wall of the inside foyer is made up of life size steel plates as would have been on the ship. Its a really striking building
The titanic was built in the Belfast shipyards and there are many tributes to the ship in the city. Next to the City hall is the Titanic Memorial to all who died in the tragedy. Along the main shopping street of Donegall Square are monuments to each of the ships built in Belfast.
I think everyone has heard of the infamous Titanic - the unsinkable ship that hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage and uhm.. sank! Maybe not everyone is aware that the ship was built, along with its sister ship, in the ship building docks of Belfast. The ship set sail in April 1912 and to celebrate the 100th anniversary the City of Belfast opened this fantastic museum right beside the dock where the ship was built.
Take a walk around the outside of the museum. If nothing else to fully appreciate the building and take in the sites round about. You can do a walking tour that includes some of the nearby buildings connected to the Titanic
As well as a small scale model of the ship, there were full size replicas of the different cabins on the ship, from first class to third which was interesting to see the difference in comfort & facilities. I also really liked the audiovisual that took you from the bottom of the ship up through the centre right to the very top
We went as part of a group and were met from our bus by a guide from the museum and given a specific time to enter the museum. We kind of assumed we were getting an actual guided tour but after a brief introduction to the museum we were allowed to enter and make our own way around the exhibits. I'm not sure if this also applies to people who just walk in, or just to large groups who have booked, so as to avoid too many people going in at once.
It was very busy when we were there but it was a Saturday in June and the museum had only been open for a couple of months
The museum has a very comprehensive range of exhibits. Starting off with life in Belfast and some background on the shipyards through the actual building of the ship on the neighbouring docks to its much anticipated but ultimately tragic first voyage and sinking- with the experiences and outcomes for several passengers & employees. We all found it really interesting.
Samson and Goliath are two shipbuilding cranes dominate the skyline of Belfast. They are both at the shipyard of Harland & Wolf, where the Titanic was built. The cranes were made by the German company Krupp. The 96 meter tall Goliath was ready for use in 1969, the 106 meter high Samson in 1974. They can each 840 tons lifting up. The cranes were designated a historic monument in 1995