Belfast, Titanic Town: builder of the Ship of Dreams. 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. Nine 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. If you plan to visit on a Sunday, finish your trip by booking Afternoon Tea beside a splendid replica of the famous Grand Staircase. It's a delicious experience complete with staff in period uniform, a menu inspired by the original voyage and a jazz band playing period tunes.
Join a Titanic tour of the area, and you can 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. Echoing this early 20th century maritime era is HMS Caroline, a World War 1 Light Battle Cruiser and the last surviving ship from the Battle of Jutland in 1916. Located in Belfast's Titanic Quarter, this survivor of the Battle of Jutland has cabins recreated as if the crew were still on board, and a riveting experience led by a crew member is packed with stories from original diary entries and first-hand accounts.