Titanic Itinerary: Mature Cosmo
Start your day with an organised Titanic-themed walking tour of Belfast, with a range of options according to your particular interest. Titanic Walking Tours, operated by self-professed ‘Titanorak’ Colin Cobb, allows you to follow in the footsteps of Titanic’s builders by visiting all the key sites in the heart of the Titanic Quarter. Or discover the many connections between Belfast City Hall and Titanic on a tour of this lavish civic building, sometimes described as the ‘stone’ Titanic, right in the centre of the city.
Prefer to explore at your own pace? Pick up the self-guided Belfast Titanic Trail from the Belfast Welcome Centre. Navigate your way along the Trail using your smartphone via the Titanic Trail mobile site which which provides direction to, and information on, each of the the key Titanic & Maritime Heritage attractions in Belfast. Whilst down at Titanic Quarter why not visit SS Nomadic, the last remaining White Star line ship in the world and see how she has been restored to her original glory and experience over 100 years of authentic maritime and social history.
Enjoy lunch at one of the city’s colourful eateries. Soak up the atmosphere in Robinson's, with its collection of poignant Titanic artefacts. Or enjoy some delicious home-made food in the basement of a fine old church at Urban Soul Cafe. There's also gourmet coffee in the cobbled streets of the trendy Cathedral Quarter at The Dark Horse.
Did you know?
In Robinson's, the famous ground floor Saloon contains unique memorabilia from the Titanic, including the famous 'Philomena Doll' recovered from the the wreckage. Letters & postcards written on board the iconic ship sit alongside 1st & 2nd class china used on all White Star Liners.
Visit the fascinating Linen Hall Library, founded in 1788, it is the oldest library in Belfast and the last subscribing library in Ireland. The library is renowned for its unparalleled Irish and Local Studies Collection and contains a unique collection of books by and about the famous local writer, CS Lewis.
For another afternoon option, visit the excellent Ulster Museum in the south of the city. As Northern Ireland’s treasure house of the past and present, it is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences. While you’re in the area, explore the city’s Botanic Gardens, complete with magnificent Palm House, and also the beautiful red brick Lanyon Building which forms the centrepiece of Queen’s University.
Rest your head
End your day with a fine dining experience in the Great Room at the Merchant Hotel and rest your head with a luxurious stay at the award winning 5 star guest house Rayanne House.