Even though she sank in 2012 the RMS Titanic is still the world’s most famous shipping disaster. Perhaps because she was believed to be unsinkable, yet went down on her maiden voyage, with most people lost because there were not enough lifeboats on board to save them that her sinking still remains in our psyche.
Just a few decades ago Belfast was considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous cities thanks to the dangerous civil disobedience that was carried out there. Now, Belfast has been reinvented as a peaceful, cultural city where the legacy of Titanic is still remembered.
Titanic Belfast is dubbed the world’s largest visitor experience, which is a nebulous statement given that the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef, et al are actually thousands of times larger. Nevertheless, it is impressive.
The exhibition is located in Titanic Quarter, right beside the historic site of this world-famous ship’s construction. It is housed in a magnificent six storey building and is a state-of-the-art visitor experience which tells the story of the Titanic, right from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch and especially to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end.
To get a personal perspective of Titanic, you can join a Titanic tour that is hosted by the great-granddaughter of one the engineers who worked on Titanic’s construction, and who sailed on that fateful voyage.
Titanic Walking Tours offer easy one and a half hour walking tours which follow in the footsteps of the Titanic’s builders visiting many of the buildings that were associated with Titanic, and also the giant slipway where Titanic was built and launched over a century ago.
Not surprisingly, and also quite logically, you can take a Titanic Boat Tour which takes you around Belfast Harbour. Although Titanic is undoubtedly the most famous ship to be built in the harbour, it has been estimated that it is just one of approximately 10,000 ships that have been built there over many centuries.
You can experience what first class on Titanic must have been like at Rayanne House. Here you can enjoy the dishes that were served as part of the last meal in first class to be served on Titanic. This nine course meal includes a main course of Pan-Seared Filet Mignon topped with Foie Gras and Truffle drizzled with a Cognac, Madeira and Red Wine Reduction served with Potatoes Anna, Creamed Carrots and Zucchini Farci, so don’t eat lunch before you go.
Parts of Belfast Harbour are just like an open museum with public art and memorials reminding you just how important Titanic was to this now vibrant city.