48 Hours in Titanic - Belfast
Titanic was built in Belfast. Nowhere else in the world can claim a greater or prouder association with the most famous ship ever constructed in the Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices where Titanic was designed which can be seen from the Queens Road, Belfast. The Titanic was designed and built in Belfast between 1909 and 1912 and sent proudly out on her maiden voyage.
When RMS Titanic sailed away from Belfast on her maiden voyage on April 10th, 1912, she was hailed as the ' new wonder of the world'. A remarkable feat of Edwardian engineering and craftmanship, she was the largest and most luxuriously appointed ship ever seen, and despite her tragic sinking she remains a source of enduring pride in the city where she was built - Belfast.
Belfast is a city bursting with life and energy. The home of the legendary Titanic has reinvented itself so successfully that it's a Lonely Planet 'city on the rise' and is regularly winning other travel and media awards - it's easy to see why!
Travelling to Belfast has Never been Easier
There are two airports within easy reach of Belfast with flights from over 40 European and UK airports. There are also two ports offering direct crossings from Scotland and England.
Excellent train and bus services provide easy access to and around Northern Ireland, and from the Republic of Ireland.
The rise of Belfast is matched by the city's range of accommodation. From stylish boutique hotels to designer hotels in landmark buildings; from townhouses to B&Bs; from city apartments to guesthouses - there's something for everyone.
Belfast is easily explored, either on your own or with a guide. Graceful 19th century architecture frames Belfast's renaissance. Wander around the city and visit the fashionable Cathedral Quarter with intriguing architecture, intimate charm and artistic temperament. Queen's Quarter in the University area is steeped in culture and home to puslating nightlife. The nearby Botanic Gardens with the restored Victorian Palm House masterpiece are also worth a visit.
The city's impressive historic buildings include St Anne's Cathedral, Linen Hall Library, City Hall and the gloriously restored Grand Opera House. Some landmark buildings have always been great watering holes, none more so than the Crown Liquor Saloon. Others have been transformed into opulent hotels including the elegant, 5 star Merchant Hotel.
For keen shoppers, the choice is endless - big name stores, boutique designers, innovative arts and crafts, shopping centres and rejuvenated markets such as the restored St George's Market, open every Friday and Saturday morning and every Sunday from July to September. Fashionistas should go to South Belfast's trendy Lisburn Road or the exciting new Victoria Square in the heart of the city. Those looking for high street stores should go to the main shopping area that runs from Donegall Place to Castle Court, Royal Avenue.
It's fair to say that Belfast buzzes at night. Atmospheric restaurants offer high quality and eclectic dining choices: modern, Asian, seafood, and traditional, all with a great welcome and real flair. There are funky bars and cutting-edge clubs open every night of the week. And don't forget the old fashioned traditional pubs, often with live music, where the soul of the city can be discovered - the craic is alive and well in Belfast.
The cultural and entertainment choices in modern-day Belfast are a real treat. Belfast now boasts an all year round calendar of events from theatre at the beautifully ornate Grand Opera House to music concerts at the Odyssey Arena - recently voted one of the top seven concert venues in the world. Contemporary venues also include the Waterfront Hall - this glass fronted focal point of the waterside regeneration regularly hosts big name entertainers and shows.
Uncover the story of the Titanic and experience it for yourself with guided Titanic Quarter tours, Titanic's Dock & Pump-House or Titanic bus, boat and luxury car tours. For more information see here.
Make plans to visit Belfast today - you'll love the difference!