An expansive urban waterfront with Titanic Belfast as its centrepiece, you can’t truly experience Belfast without taking some time exploring the Titanic Quarter.
Here are the highlights:
1. Experience Titanic Belfast
Titanic Belfast, named the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2016, is the biggest and best experience of the most famous ship in the world. Walk the decks, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic in the city that built her.
2. See Titanic’s Dock and Pump-House
Climb down into the footprint of Titanic and the footsteps of the men who fitted her out in the dry dock. Adjacent to the Thompson Dry Dock is the perfectly preserved Edwardian pump-house, a remnant of Belfast’s engineering brilliance. Self-guided and private tours will take you through the riveting maritime history.
3. Stroll the slipways
Take a stroll behind Titanic Belfast and discover the slipways where Titanic and her sister Olympic first slid into the water, now a public plaza where crowds gather for big concerts like Belsonic and the BBC Proms. Explore the life-size outlines of both ships’ main decks, the lawns, lamp posts, benches and stone etchings, all laden with maritime symbolism and history.
4. Meet Titanic’s little sister
Don’t forget to step aboard Titanic’s little sister, SS Nomadic, moored close to where she was built. Nomadic carried first-class and second-class passengers to the mighty ship and has a million poignant stories of authentic Titanic history to tell. Marvel at this nautical treasure on a tour of the four decks all restored to their former glory.
5. Step on board HMS Caroline
On this beautifully restored treasure trove of maritime history, the HMS Caroline (Re-opening 2017). It’s like the crew only left yesterday explore this unique survivor from World War I, soak up her original features on the bridge, living quarters and engine rooms, and don't miss the chance to eat and drink in the First Rates Mess Café.
6. Take a Titanic Quarter tour
Glide around the past, present and future of Titanic Quarter on a Segway experience, or marvel at the stories of the shipyard on the Wee Tram, with photography, video and local knowledge on screens in each tram carriage. For those who like to walk, you can easily go self-guided or choose one of the great guided walking tours.
7. The Odyssey
There’s something for everyone at the Odyssey Pavilion, a perfect diversion for restaurants, various bars, a cinema and ten pin bowling all under the one roof in the Titanic Quarter. It’s home to the SSE Arena, so there might be a major concert on, or a Belfast Giant’s ice hockey game when the stadium is cool and rocking.
8. Lunch at Cast & Crew
A morning’s sightseeing deserves a lunch break at the maritime themed Cast & Crew, near the main attractions and Paint Hall film studios. Later, dinner and drinks could be at McHugh’s, the earliest known building in Belfast and a great spot to reflect on your day or take in traditional Irish music.
9. Try cable wakeboarding
One of the Titanic Quarter’s coolest places is the wakeboard park at the end of the famous slipway. Cable wakeboarding – like water-skiing but being pulled by electric cable rather than a boat – is exhilarating. All equipment is provided, so all you have to do is turn up to Cable & Wake and have a blast.
10. See the Titanic exhibition
View one of the original plans of the Titanic and a porthole recovered from her icy resting place among 500 maritime artefacts at this Ulster Folk and Transport Museum exhibition. Also, see the trams workers would have taken to the shipyard and the exclusive Minerva car, popular with first-class passengers. The exhibition is not strictly in Titanic Quarter, but close by and well worth the trip.