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“Spectacular building”
Review of Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast
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Titanic Belfast Entrance Ticket: Titanic Visitor...
Ranked #1 of 236 things to do in Belfast
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Titanic Belfast visitor attraction extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition. Drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features you will explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. The journey goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day in the Ocean Exploration Centre.
Reviewed March 8, 2013

We booked online so got both this attraction and the dry dock at a slightly discounted price, spending about two hours wandering around the centre before heading up the road.

The building itself is beautiful, representing a to-scale bow of the H&W ships. Wandering around the exhibit on several floors was interactive and interesting, though it has few actual artefacts from the ship itself. The cable car ride was a cute addition, though there isn't a lot to see on it. After the building section comes a harrowing area on the sinking, with the final morse code messages and an animation of the sinking.

After this was an area dedicated to the expeditions attempting to find the wreck, though the large screen showing parts of the wreckage had the worst commentary! Would have been much better to just have one voice giving you a complete tour of the wreck, rather than an expert and an idiot pointing out a couple of random points. People can come and go into this theatre as well, which can be rather disruptive.

Directly below the screen is a more 'interactive' engagement with the wreck, a glass floor showing the wreck from above with a staff member showing out different bits.

While the experience was definitely worth visiting, for such a large building dedicated to such a history, it was somewhat lacking. Due to its newness perhaps it will improve in time!

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Reviewed March 8, 2013

Fabulous time spent in an amazing Titanic exhibition. On every floor many things to be looked at and I found out many new facts. Lots of interactive exhibits and it includes a little ride. Would love to revisit in the future.

Thank Carol Ann H
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

I decided that I would surprise my parents while we were in Dublin to a bus tour to Belfast. It has always been a place I wanted to visit, and especially as it was the centenary year and we are from Cork (Cobh, being one of the stops of the Titanic), I thought it would be lovely to come.

The visitors centre was very busy and there were lots of people queuing and waiting for their turn. We were greeted by a lovely tour guide, who gave us tickets and explained about the different levels. There is so much to see and read that the time allocated to us wasn't enough to see everything, but we absorbed enough.

Loved the little car that brought you around and showed you how they made the ship. I wouldn't recommend the visitors centre to very young children, as they would be bored, as most of the information is to be read. There wasn't much interactive items for children.

Bought a few souvenirs of our trip, which were reasonably priced.

Thank Anniebannie1981
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

We happened to be in Belfast with a free day and the Titanic museum looked like the thing to do. I've been to many museums world wide. This one was well put together. The goal appears to tell the Titanic story from the industrialisation of Belfast to what is left of the debris field in the North Atlantic.The bulding is modern and visually stunning located on or near the actual Belfast docks where Titanic construction occurred. Technology upgrades the museum experience. You can watch the Discovery or History Channel and get much of the same information but this museum gives you an awarwness which television does not. Lingering over ship building plans and viewing a first class and third class cabin are parts of the experience that make this a must see if in the area

Thank Steve M
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

Visiting the Titanic museum was our sole reason for choosing Belfast as a weekend break destination, given that two of our party have a real interest in the story. Noticed quite a few varying reports about it on here before going, so I’ll try to give an honest appreciation of the attraction as someone not quite so devoted to the story.

We booked the (reduced rate) tickets ahead online and picked them up from the automated machine as soon as we arrived: painless. We had some time to kill before our allotted slot and had a quick look around the souvenir store. So long as you accept that it’s a souvenir store at a major attraction and hey, there’s not going to be many bargains to be had, then it’s great, you can get just about anything you want here that’s got Titanic stamped on it. Not very respectful? Well, you pays your money and you takes your choice. We filled our boots! Before complaining about the prices, though, be aware that some of the same merchandise is on sale at the airport too, at prices 30% higher.

As far as the museum goes itself, here are a few thoughts: this isn’t a pushy buttony, interactive, hey wow sort of place for young children. I would say best age would be 11 and up, as you have to read the displays to really get a sense of the story, any younger and they’ll just be bored.

It’s easy to find your way around, just take a minute to orient yourself as you step into each gallery; there aren’t any “signs” because you don’t need them. At no point did I feel it was too crowded, yes there’s always someone that walks in front of you when you’re reading the display, but people are just ignorant a lot of the time.

I really enjoyed the audio visual experience of being in a virtual lift, taking you on a 270 degree view of each deck from top to bottom, plus the reconstructions of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd class cabins. The “ride” just about works OK, giving you a sense of the scale of the engineering involved in building the ship and of the noise and conditions that the riveters worked in. Don’t be expecting anything like the ET ride at Universal, though or else you’ll be disappointed!

The sinking was handled quite poignantly I thought, there was no need to labour the fact that so many people died, the evidence was there in the eye witness accounts that you can read, and hear.

My favourite parts were the launch sequence where at the appropriate point the window glass behind the visual display became clear to reveal the actual slipway where Titanic and its sister ships were launched from, plus the theatre where footage of the wreck as it is today is played out, and then a reconstruction of the debris field below. There were lots of the interactive screens here where you could select the view from different virtual submersibles.

The building itself is very impressive, there is a café and bistro there, we didn’t eat but the café was very busy and I queued up for 10 mins just to get a couple of bottles of drink. When it’s time to get back to the city, there’s a taxi rank outside, we dialled the number and a taxi came within 5 mins.

Overall we spent 2.5 hours in there which flew by and you could have spent a lot longer. If you’re a Titanic fan, I would thoroughly recommend the trip to the friendly city of Belfast to see it. Yes, its true there are no “artefacts” to look at but I think that would detract from the underlying theme of commemorating both those who were lost and the industrial heritage of Belfast and its people who built the Titanic. We saw an exhibition in Las Vegas with things on display that had been brought up, which we enjoyed too but it seems appropriate that was in Vegas and not in Titanic Belfast.

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