A silhouette as distinctive and familiar as the Lanyon Building in Queens, Belfast City Hall or Samson & Goliath, Titanic Belfast is Northern Ireland’s tourism success story. With Northern Ireland now receiving vaccinated tourists from around the world, tourists congregate in this district.
Belfast’s remarkable and booming Titanic Quarter is one of the most widespread urban renaissance endeavors in the sphere. Rising from the same spot where Olympian-class ocean liners were shaped, the ‘iconic’ wrecks of Titanic Belfast thrust skyward. Here one can experience the $135 million Titanic Belfast attraction, Titanic Belfast tells the story of the famous ocean liner. In 2012, for the centenary of the Titanic tragedy, Belfast debunked the Titanic Quarter and this industrialized place was transformed into one of Ireland’s top tourist attractions, home to the decoy Titanic Belfast and many important nautical sites.
The iconic building (designed like the bends of a ship) comprises 9 galleries over 4 floors. The Titanic Belfast transports the visitor back in time: wandering from Edwardian ‘Boomtown Belfast’ to present day with an existing stream from where the ruin sits respite on the ocean floor. The SS Nomadic was built by Harland & Wolff in 1911; it is the tender (a small ship) which transports passengers from the harbor of Cherbourg to the RMS Titanic which, because of its size, is content to anchor well offshore. Now completely rebuilt, the SS Nomadic sits in the Hamilton Graving Dock, directly opposite the Titanic Belfast. A fragment of the larger Titanic story, the Hamilton Dock, Pumphouse and Mobile Gate are of remarkable ancient maritime status. The wharf, built in 1867, was the first to be recognized on the County Down side of the River Lagan; the caisson is the oldest living vessel manufactured by Harland & Wolff
A LITTLE HISTORY
The slipways where the Titanic was built are now one of the most award-winning outdoor performance venues (read UNESCO City of Music status), in recognition of its vibrant live music panorama. The yards also balance the big screen in Kenneth Branagh’s latest film, Belfast, enthused by his youth here in the turbulent 1960s. While the shipyards were once the wealthiest in the world, they are no longer the heart of the city. A deep warmth for footage of Belfast through its people and shipyards not only illuminates the city’s heritage, but also helps to bond and excite its societies.
People were flocking to Belfast looking for work. Its population grew between 1851 and 1901 and countless quarries were found in the shipyards. In the early 1900s, Harland and Wolff was the number one shipbuilder in the world. It was during this rush that Harland and Wolff delivered the RMS Titanic. The largest ship the kingdom has ever made, it carried more than two thousand two hundred passengers and crew, about fifteen hundred of whom died when this giant struck an iceberg and sank during its first expedition in 1912. This story is famous thanks to several theatrical accounts. , including one of the highest-grossing films in history, James Cameron’s 1997 Titanic.
TITANIC HOTEL BELFAST
Unbolted in the fall of 2017, the Titanic Hotel Belfast is housed in the Harland & Wolff headquarters building, once the nerve center of the world’s leading shipyard. Thousands of ships were planned in the drawing offices and manufactured on the nearby slips, counting the Titanic of course, the liners White Star Olympic, and Britannic and the naval warship HMS Belfast. The superlative Victorian Drafting Offices, with their high three-story barrel-vaulted ceilings, are the only living example of this style of architecture in creation. The building is “registered” due to its special architectural and historical significance. Don’t forget to order a portion of fish and chips with mushy peas during your stay.
(Awarded “Best Food Writer in the Country” by India’s Culinary Forum, WACS and Ministry of Tourism, Rupali Dean writes about food and travel.)