Titanic Experience Belfast
So a couple of weeks ago I went for a short break to Belfast. Now while I’m not strictly writing about a cruise. I did want to write a post about our visit to the Titanic Experience Belfast. This is a museum about probably the most famous ocean liner in the world.
I have always been fascinated by the Titanic. The story of its fateful voyage, so really wanted to visit when we were in Belfast. I would highly recommend it to anyone if you are travelling there or if it’s a port of call on a cruise as the Museum is nearly opposite the terminal.
If you visit on a day when the weather is good there is also loads to see outside as the original slipway where the Titanic and her sister ship were built. You really get an idea of the massive scale of the ship when you wander around the outline on the ground. I have to say I was really surprised as I’ve always been told how much smaller it is than modern day cruise ships. However walking around on the outline of the deck and where the lifeboats would have been you really do get a sense of the size. Also why in its time it would have been the biggest ship in the world.
While you are exploring outside the Titanic Experience, take a look and the raised platform on the slipway. This is where the bow of the boat was originally built. There is now a glass wall there which serves as a memorial to all of those that died in the sinking of the Titanic, passengers and crew.
It is split into classes and then the crew’s names are listed. It really gives you an idea of how massive a tragedy it was and the sheer amount of people that lost theirs lives.
If you take a walk down the very end of the slipway. Look across you will be able to see the Titanic Studios, where they film Game of Thrones. The studios aren’t, however, open to the public as they are fully working and constantly used for filming various television series.
Inside the Museum
Inside the museum, one of the first things you do is to walk through the gates of The Harland and Wolf shipyard. This was of course where the Titanic was built and was the original site of the museum. The company is still operating today in Belfast and the huge cranes can be seen from all across the city
The Cranes of Harland and Wolf today viewed from the front of the Titanic Experience.
Every detail is thought about, and you really are in the Titanic Experience rather than just a normal museum. Even in the cafe and the restaurant. You eat off the crockery with the Titanic emblem on it. The waiters and waitresses are dressed in the same uniform as they would have worn in the dining rooms on the ship. It really does add to the whole feel of the place.
The outside of the museum. It really is an amazing building and the inside is even more interesting.
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