Titanic ; A weekend in Belfast

by Veronica

The beautiful city of Belfast is recovering from its troubled past. It is now developing its tourist industry, largely with help of the doomed ship "Titanic". I went recently.

Belfast means mouth of the sandbanks and it is the capital city of Northern Ireland. It stands on the tranquil River Lagan and became a city in 1888 during the reign of Queen Victoria, who said she disliked the city. There are several references to Queen Victoria in the city.

Belfast was known for its linen, tobacco processing, rope-making and shipbuilding. RMS Titanic was built here in 1911 at Harland and Wolff. Belfast is sensibly using this link to Titanic to rebuild the city's fortunes and future.

The city suffered during the "The Troubles", but recently has lived in peace away from violence which had stunted economic growth. Belfast now is developing its tourism and what a great job it is doing of it.

I went for a weekend last month with some old school friends and had a wonderful time. We stayed at Europa Hotel, the most bombed in Europe during "The Troubles".

Don't let the troubled reputation put you off visiting Belfast. It is a beautiful, gentle, quiet city with so much to see and do.

Titanic, Belfast
Titanic, Belfast

Titanic Museum, Belfast

The Titanic Museum, Belfast  was built in the old dockyard and stands on the slip way from where Belfast-built Titanic was launched.  The Museum has put new life into Belfast and people come from all over the world now to visit Titanic; Belfast. Opened in 2012 to mark the centenary of the Titanic disaster , the managers were hoping to get 250,000 visitors a year. They reached this target in only 12 weeks.

It is built in the shape of a star and ship because the Titanic was owned by The White Star Line. Titanic Museum. Belfast is one of the best museums I have ever visited in the whole world.

White Star posters and adverts

White Star Line exhibit
White Star Line exhibit
Liners, docklands and mountains. A view from inside Titanic Belfast.
Liners, docklands and mountains. A view from inside Titanic Belfast.

The Nomadic


When RMS Titanic picked up passengers at Cherbourg, France, The Nomadic was the little ship that brought the passengers from the harbour dockside over to Titanic itself. This little boat is now placed in Belfast Titanic quarter and is open to visitors. Except ...on the day I flew over and visited. I missed it! ,It was booked out for the day. But we did see the outside of it.

HMS Caroline, Titanic Quarter

HMS Caroline
HMS Caroline

Another feature of the Titanic quarter is the newly opened HMS Caroline. This war ship saw action at the WW1 Battle of Jutland in 1916 and is now a floating WW1 in the Titanic quarter of Belfast harbour.

Open top tour bus

Stormont Palace, The Government building
Stormont Palace, The Government building

The best way to see Belfast is on the open top tour bus. This tour in lovely September sunshine took us on a long tour around the city including beautiful Stormont building and park, The University quarter and the troubled area where a traditional Nationalist march was taking place.

University quarter
University quarter
Troubled area
Troubled area
Updated: 10/03/2016, Veronica
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Veronica 10 days ago

Absolutely. Belfast has done an amazing job in rejuvenating itself and developing the old docklands. It is built on the slip way from where the ship was launched which makes it more poignant.

The film wasn't totally correct factually. It is a fiction about a fact.

quenee 10 days ago

The titanic belfast was buit on old dockyards and swip away check this site for more info http://www.titanicmovie.org/

Veronica 21 days ago

There is much to see and do for people who visit including the Christmas markets in December; even if people don't have relatives there, unlike Frank and myself.

frankbeswick 22 days ago

The Troubles was an Irish term for the turbulence in Ireland around the time of independence, but the word was given a new life when the Northern Irish conflict started again in the late 1960s. I visited Belfast in 1970, during the troubles, but when I returned two years ago I found a city transformed, full of activity and with much rebuilding having happened. Veronica, of course goes there, but we also have other in-laws in the city.

Veronica 22 days ago

Thank you BSG. Yes "The Troubles" is a descriptive term for the unrest and terrorist activity agaist The London Government in Northern Ireland in 20th Century. Belfast is lovely now though. It only takes 29 minutes by air from here. Luckily.

blackspanielgallery 22 days ago

It would be an interesting visit I am certain. I am unfamiliar with the term "the Troubles" but have an idea of what it means. That was recent enough to be on the news here on a frequent basis.

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