We make our way north to Belfast for the highlight of our tour, the RMS Titanic. First we enjoy a 1 hour guided sightseeing cruise in historic Belfast harbour, sailing past the amazing renovated Titanic quarter and former home of the Harland & Wolff shipyard which built the famous ocean-liner. We cruise round into the Musgrave Channel to see Belfast’s largest breeding seal colony, illustrating the changes within the harbour from its rich maritime and industrial shipbuilding heritage into a major tourist attraction.
The Lagan Boat Company
Free time to explore more of this award-winning area, regenerated from the rusting old docklands to the vibrant Titanic Quarter of Belfast before our visit to the Titanic Belfast museum. You may like to visit the museum of the nearby restored SS Nomadic, tender to the Titanic and the last White Star Line ship in the world. HMS Caroline is the lone survivor of the famous Battle of Jutland and fully restored. You can see the cabin and deck areas and hear stories of those who served onboard. Visit the headquarters and drawing offices of Harland & Wolff where the Titanic was designed or walk the nearby slipways. See the Samson and Goliath cranes or explore the marina and gardens and enjoy a pint of the black stuff at one of the eateries in the area.
In the afternoon we visit the iconic Titanic Belfast museum, the aluminium-clad angular edifice designed to represent a ship’s hull, which is located at the place where the ship was designed, built and launched. Step back in time as the museum tells the story of the ship from conception in the 1900s, through its construction and launch to its ill-fated maiden voyage. There are 9 interpretive and interactive galleries, including an underwater exploration theatre and re-created decks and cabins. Sights, sounds and smells will bring the shipbuilding heritage and opulence of the world’s largest ocean-liner to life. A memorable experience and a great day out.