It’s here, unlike anywhere in the world, that Titanic’s soul, story and sorrow are etched not just on the city, but in the history books, too.
Take yourself down to the Edwardian-era Thompson Dry Dock where the past looms large. There’s still a sense of those Belfast trades, those carpenters, fitters, plumbers and apprentices who made Titanic tick. Among them was the Guarantee Group, whose journey went from jubilation to disaster when they perished with the ship.
Within sight of that dock is the vast shimmering shell that is Titanic Belfast. Over one million visitors have passed through its doors since it opened in 2012. Eight galleries – tracing the ship’s story from creation to tragic sinking – tell the entire tale on an awesome scale. Expect gantry rides, an underwater cinema show and stunning cabin recreations.
Join a Titanic tour of the area, and you may visit the old drawing offices, where Titanic was transferred from dreams to paper, or board the White Star Line’s only remaining ship, the SS Nomadic at Hamilton Dock. Built as a tender to the ship of dreams, she is a modest echo of the Edwardian era when the White Star Line was a byword for quality and luxury.
To cut a long story short, Titanic is Belfast and Belfast is Titanic. If you want the whole story, this is the place.