Explore Belfast's Titanic history in 48 hours
Titanic's emotive story has captured hearts and minds for over a century. And Belfast was where it all began
The wreck of the RMS Titanic came to rest about 600 km off the Canadian coast, but Belfast is where the Ship of Dreams was designed, built and berthed. Here’s how to spend 48 hours immersed in Titanic and Belfast's maritime history.
Today, you’ll get to explore the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience, step aboard the Titanic’s little sister, and dine on the last menu served on board to first-class passengers.Explore Day 1
Start the day with breakfast right in the heart of the Titanic Quarter. Paper Cup is a cute little coffee shop that serves up tasty breakfasts and lunches while offering fantastic views of the stunning Titanic Belfast building.
James Cameron loves it, and you will, too! Titanic Belfast is the largest Titanic visitor experience in the world and tells the ship's tragic tale through interactive exhibits. Situated on the exact spot the Titanic was built, the museum requires a good few hours to take everything in, from the underwater exploration theatre, a dark ride and recreated cabins complete with passenger holograms.
Once you’ve had your fill of the exhibits, drop into the Grand Atrium on the ground floor and fill up on their Titanic treats like traditional fish and chips at the Pantry. This restaurant serves freshly prepared, locally sourced meals, including a garden menu, filled with fresh and healthy options.
The SS Nomadic was built to ferry passengers to and from the Titanic (and her sister ship, the RMS Olympic). Since then, the ship has been lovingly restored and moored close to Titanic Belfast. You can now come on board and experience the luxurious interior and fascinating history for yourself.
Roast squab, anyone? How about some spiced peaches? You’ll eat these and more as part of Rayanne House’s nine-course meal, a recreation of Titanic’s last menu served in first class. Make sure to check the dates online and book ahead.
Day two takes you down to the dry dock where the Titanic was constructed, onto the water where the ship disembarked and over to the Memorial Gardens where you can pay your respects.Explore Day 2
The Edwardian-era Thompson Dry Dock is where Titanic’s welders, riveters, platers and caulkers put the final touches to the Ship of Dreams. Grab a coffee in the Pump-House and walk along the original keel blocks where this ship rested on the eve of her first and last voyage.
To truly understand the Titanic, you really have to understand Belfast’s rich maritime heritage. The best way to do that? A guided boat tour which takes in the Titanic Quarter by the iconic River Lagan.
Of course, we all remember the moment in the movie when Rose descends the grand staircase dressed in that shimmering beaded gown – you can emulate that decadence at Titanic Hotel's Afternoon Tea, which aims to recreate the "golden age of hospitality". You can enjoy freshly made pastries and scones, in a quaint historic space with relaxing soft music as your backdrop, a delightful treat!
It’s hard to comprehend the loss of life that occurred on April 15, 1912. The Titanic Memorial Garden and Monument at Belfast City Hall is the place to pay your respects to all 1,512 people who perished, and see where each and every name is inscribed on a set of bronze plaques.
Stepping into Robinsons Bar is like stepping on board the Titanic – albeit first class. Dark wood, polished brass fittings and cabinets packed with authentic Titanic memorabilia make it a great place to pull up a stool and end the day.