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“Gives a Real Perspective of the Size of the Ship”

Titanic's Dock and Pump-House
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Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin
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Owner description: Titanic's Dock and Pump-House is the world's only authentic Titanic landmark. It is the last place Titanic rested on dry ground, and is her physical footprint in history. Visitors can experience life in 1912 by descending 44 feet into the colossal dry dock and walk in the footsteps of the men who worked in the shipyard a century ago. Experience the engineering behind the legendary pump-house, which still houses the original pumping engines, situated deep in the pump-well. The Pump-House also includes a visitor center and cafe, where you can relax and enjoy hot and cold snacks, refreshments, free wi-fi, or even pick up a souvenir or two from our Titanic gift shop. An inspiring and thought-provoking experience awaits you!
Dublin, Ireland
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“Gives a Real Perspective of the Size of the Ship”
Reviewed November 7, 2013

I've visited this place twice and each time I have been completely overwhelmed by the sheer size of the place. As an electrical engineer I found the Pump House itself very interesting. All of the old machinery/control stations are still there (including a manually wound crane from the 1800s!). The view from the top of the vast hole that is the room of the Pump House down to the floor where the pumps are still held, is incredible.

Next you step out into the open where you basically look down into the dry dock where Titanic was fitted out. The first thing that strikes you is the sheer size of the place. Not just the depth, but the length. Its absolutely enormous and pictures just don't do it any justice. The original stairways the the Harland and Wolfe workers used are still there all be it they are blocked off. The original flood gate is still there but is no longer in use and a new gate has been installed to preserve the site.

Walking down into the dock itself is an experience in itself. You really get to understand the sheer size of what was here. The strange thing is you stand there thinking "This very famous and iconic ship once stood where I'm standing and better still it was Irish, it was ours". There is a small replica of a section of the hull which again shows the scale of the ship as it dwarfs a 6'1 man like myself.

Basically this place is all about showing people the sheer scale of the Titanic and how enormous it really was. It is also a great testament to those who built it as almost everything there was there in 1911. It also allows visitors a chance to get as close to the ship as they will probably will ever get.

Visited June 2013
Thank Jamie C
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

Went with my wife and daughter - its ok and worth a look. cafe staff are nice and if you get some good weather its a very nice place to sit and look at.

Visited May 2013
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“What an experience!”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

After reading several negative reviews, I wasn't sure what to expect. We decided to go ahead and buy the combo ticket for the Titanic Belfast Experience and the dry dock. It is about a 15 minute walk to this attraction from the Titanic Belfast building - no big deal. We were absolutely enthralled by the whole experience there. First you go through the pump house where displays and videos explain how the pumps worked - they are still there. Then the amazing part is going outside to the dry dock and experiencing the sheer size. You can walk around the top where there are informative plaques to read. Then even more amazing is going down into the dry dock itself and imagining the magnitude of the size of the ship. We spent at least an hour there and almost enjoyed it more than the Titanic Belfast Experience itself. You are not really experiencing the dry dock if you only look at it from outside the fence. Use some imagination and spend a few pounds and really experience this attraction - wow!

Visited November 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

We bought a combined ticket at the Titanic Museum although it wasn't clear how to get from one to the other and we actually ended up jumping on the HOHO bus from the Museum and riding down, this then gave us an hour at the pump house which was just about the right length of time. The short film telling how it all worked was interesting if a little technical for me. Walking round the dry dock gave you an idea of just how big Titanic was but after the amazing Titanic Museum itself I felt it was a little dull and much more could be done with the site.

Visited October 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Quite good room for improvement”
Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

It's good that this is open to the public but a little overpriced. If the money is going towards restoration and improvement then that is good. We went on a wet cold day near closing so missed out on a guided tour. The shop was actually nicely stocked. Better than the shop at the Titanic Museum! Didn't have time to sample the food at the cafe but it's nice to have a cafe.

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