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Belfast’s Connection to the Titanic

The fate of the Titanic has fascinated people since the tragedy took place on April 14th, 1912. In 1997, James Cameron's film smashed box office records, later going on to win 11 Oscars.

The tragedy continues to pique people's interest and drive them to learn more about the awful collision, which killed over 1,500 passengers and crew.

As the city where the Titanic was built, Belfast has strong links to the ship, and the Northern Irish capital draws tourists keen to experience the birthplace of the legendary boat.

Bow of Titanic (photo by NOAA)
Bow of Titanic (photo by NOAA)

Why Visit Belfast's Titanic Quarter?

The Titanic Quarter celebrates the magnificence of the historic ship.

It encompasses all the city's main sites associated with the boat, including the drawing office where the initial plans for the ship were drawn up and the dry dock where the build was completed.

You can step aboard the HMS Caroline, which has interactive exhibits and an outdoor play area that will appeal to youngsters ready to run off steam!

As well as being rich in history, why not pause for afternoon tea at the luxurious Titanic Hotel? It's located in the building which formerly housed Harland and Wolff, the builders of the Titanic. 

If you're lucky, you may find your trip coincides with one of the special events held in the Titanic Quarter, such as the AVA Festival or the Women's 10k run.

Titanic Belfast museum (photo: K. Mitch Hodge)
Titanic Belfast museum (photo: K. Mitch Hodge)

Titanic Walking Tour

Since its opening in 2009, the Titanic Walking Tour has become an essential part of any visit to the city.

With a mission to provide a “memorable and one-of-a-kind experience for all Titanic enthusiasts and guests,” the Titanic Walking Tour has a broad appeal. It's conducted by knowledgeable specialist staff who are fondly referred to as “Titanoraks.”

These dedicated guides will gladly answer any questions you have that are not covered on the tour. To avoid disappointment, it's recommended that you book your tour in advance at

More Attractions in Belfast

Belfast is by far the largest city in Northern Ireland and boasts many attractions that appeal to every interest.

The Ulster Museum is a must-see, housing artifacts from the Spanish Armada and a collection of paintings, archaeological treasures, and much more.

If you are interested in gardening, don't miss the Botanic Garden's impressive palm house.

Obel Tower, the tallest building in Ireland, is also well worth a visit, as are the university buildings and the surrounding area.

Belfast mural for Peace Day (photo: K. Mitch Hodge)
Belfast mural for Peace Day (photo: K. Mitch Hodge)

Suppose you're interested in the history of the country's political troubles.

The famous Belfast murals are within walking distance of the city center—some of the most well-known artworks are along Falls Road and Shankhill Road. 

Many visitors also take the opportunity to visit the spectacular natural beauty of Giant's Causeway, which is around an hour's car journey away. If visiting by train, stop in Coleraine and catch the connecting bus service. 

Belfast is a fantastic place to visit with a fascinating history. Happy traveling!


This story is brought to you in partnership with Titanic Walking Tours.

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