TITANIC & MARITIME HERITAGE TOUR
COMING SUMMER 2018
Belfast and Northern Ireland owes much to its coastline and the sea – and that means there’s a whole world of maritime history and heritage ripe for exploring. Chart a course through these maritime marvels and you’ll discover a fascinating world and experience that you'll remember forever.
Trace the incredible story of the most famous ship in history at the iconic Titanic Belfast. Over nine interactive galleries, it vividly recreates the extraordinary drama surrounding RMS Titanic and testifies to Belfast’s strong maritime heritage and once world-leading shipbuilding prowess.
H&W Drawing Offices
Experience the cathedral-like atmosphere of this hub in the Harland & Wolff shipyard empire. This is where RMS Titanic was designed and where maritime dreams took shape. It has recently been brought back to its former glory and is now a stunning hotel. The buildings most iconic and historical rooms such as Lord Pirries office and Thomas Andrews office are open to the public.
Thompson’s Dry Dock and Pump-House
Walk in the footsteps of the men who fitted out RMS Titanic in the Thompson’s dry dock. Adjacent is the perfectly preserved Edwardian pump-house, a remnant of Belfast’s engineering brilliance. Self guided and private tours will take you through the amazing maritime history and physical footprint of the Titanic story. You can now experience going deep down into the dock and sense the sheer size of the ship.
Titanic and Olympic Slipways
Take a stroll behind Titanic Belfast and discover the slipways where RMS Titanic and her sister ship the Olympic first slid into the water, now a public plaza. 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. It also overlooks the Titanic Studios where Game of Thrones is filmed.
Marvel at this nautical treasure on a tour of the four decks of 'Titanic’s little sister’ moored close to where she was built. Fully restored to her former glory and chockful of maritime history, the SS Nomadic used to ferry first-class and second-class passengers to the great liner.
The Great Light
The Great Light is one of the largest optics of its kind ever built in the world, and is around 130 years old. Weighing 10 tonnes and measuring 7 metres tall, the optic is a unique maritime heritage object with significance to Belfast's economic, maritime and industrial past. It is totally irreplaceable and is an exceptionally rare maritime artefact. It produced one of the strongest lighthouse beams ever to shine - a truly GREAT LIGHT.
Visit one of the world’s most historically significant ships, moored in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. Now a state-of-the-art floating World War I museum, HMS Caroline is the only survivor of the Battle of Jutland, considered to be the greatest maritime battle ever fought.
Belfast Harbour Commissioners
The Gateway to Ireland. Established in 1847, Belfast Harbour is Belfast's port authority and operates the principal maritime gateway on the island of Ireland
Since 1847, the Harbour Office has been the headquarters of the Belfast Harbour Commissioners. A beautiful and opulent building which has a stunning fine art collection, rare maritime artefacts and antiques including the famous 'Captains table' A stunning table that was crafted in Harland and Wolff for Captain Smith's private quarters on the RMS Titanic but never made it onboard.
Titanic Memorial Garden
Pause at Belfast City Hall's stunning memorial garden to reflect on the greatest maritime disaster in history. A nine-metre-long long plinth bears the name of every person who perished in the Titanic tragedy.
View 500 maritime artefacts, including one of the original plans of the RMS Titanic with last minute design changes, as well as a porthole recovered from the icy seabed. Also see the trams shipyard workers would have taken to the shipyard and the exclusive Minerva car popular with first class passengers at this Ulster Folk and Transport Museum exhibition.
Explore the birthplace of Thomas Andrews, designer of the Titanic. Comber, on the north-eastern shore of Strangford Lough, is the birthplace of Thomas Andrews, Chief Designer of the Titanic, and is still home to members of his family today. Download the Andrews-Titanic Audio Trail to explore the town, learning about the Andrews' influence on its industrial and social heritage and hearing how Thomas has been remembered across the years. You can also download a map to help guide you. Includes an afternoon coffee, tea and scones at the Georgian House coffee shop in Comber square.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing as most of our tours are bespoke and catered towards your exact travel plans. We can discuss your ideas and top attractions that you want to see.
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