Visit the Iconic Titanic Museum in Belfast

November 25, 2012 by

Titanic Light Show

If you’ve got a trip planned to visit northern Ireland, be sure to fit in a visit to the Titanic Museum in Belfast. The Titanic Museum Belfast launched on March 31, 2012, with a spectacular fireworks extravaganza, and today welcomes visitors from around the world.

It’s an opportunity to go back to the time of the great ship and stand on the dry dock as you visit the spot where the original Titanic sat before its fateful voyage.

Titanic Museum Belfast

Titanic Museum Belfast

What You’ll See at the Titanic Museum in Belfast

Overall, it takes about an hour and a half to visit the nine galleries in the Titanic Museum in Belfast. Along with viewing authentic artifacts and full scale replicas, the galleries utilize interactive media like CGI, film, and audio to bring the Titanic to life from construction to the finished ship.

Self-guided audio tours are available in several languages including English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin and Polish.

For the most part, the museum is a family-friendly attraction suitable for children. Kids younger than 5 get in free and children younger than 16 are to be accompanied by an adult.

However, there are a handful of exhibitions that may not be suitable for kids.

The tour allows visitors to visit the shipyard, experience the launch of the Titanic, its maiden voyage, the sinking, the aftermath, and more.

James Cameron

Titanic director James Cameron, with the donated ships wheel from the movie.

The Ship Yard Ride

The shipyard ride carries guests into the dark and re-creates the reality of shipbuilding in the early 1900s. The ride uses special effects, animations, and full-scale ship building.

Unfortunately, due to weight restrictions, mobility scooters cannot be accommodated. However, a wheelchair accessible car allows for one standard wheelchair at a time.

Restaurants on Site

The museum features two restaurants on site. Visitors can choose from hearty options available at the Bistro 401 Restaurant that creates dishes using fresh Northern Irish produce.

The second is the Gallery Café which serves up sandwiches, specialty teas, and other delicacies.

Other Things to See in Belfast

The Titanic Quarter of Belfast offers a wealth of famous historic landmarks to visit along with a number of tours and attractions.

It is a scenic destination that carries guests to another time for a rich experience that offers a deeper understanding of the great ship that has become the centerpiece of history and lore.

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  1. Penny W. says:

    So the Titanic was built in Belfast? I didn’t realize that, thought it was made in England. Sounds like a fascinating museum.

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