Titanic Memories
Titanic Memories

Belfast’s Titanic Celebrates Anniversary

Can you believe that Belfast's Titanic attraction, the city’s most popular tourist destination, is turning 10 years old on March 31st?

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The exterior of Belfast's Titanic attraction. Photo: Titanic Belfast.

And to celebrate, the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction ­­— and Northern Ireland’s most iconic landmark — is inviting anyone who visited over the last decade to share their favorite Titanic memories to possibly be included in a special 10th birthday show-reel.

The short film, which will also include favorite moments from Titanic staff, will be premiered during the birthday celebrations and will also be available to watch online.

A display at the Titanic Belfast Museum in Belfast showing details of County Mayo emigrant James McLoughlin who survived the Titanic sinking. Photo: Colette Connolly.

Visitors who celebrated a big birthday or simply enjoyed a special day out with family over the are all invited to participate.

Over six million people from across the world have visited Titanic Belfast since it opened, including celebrities Adele, Sir Rod Stewart, Michael Bublé, as well as Titanic director James Cameron and Queen Elizabeth II.

You can share your Titanic Memories by emailing a photograph and a short blurb recounting your special memory to [email protected].

What Makes Titanic Belfast Special

Titanic Belfast was constructed near the original Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices, the Hamilton Graving Dock, and the Titanic Slipways, the place where plans for the luxury liner were designed and also where the ship was launched in 1911.

One of the exhibition areas in Titanic Belfast. Photo: Chris Hill for Tourism Ireland.

Over six floors and nine interactive galleries, Titanic Belfast tells the story of the famous ship and its tragic demise in the North Atlantic, but it also tells a story of Belfast, which was, in many ways, shaped by the large-scale project.

Visitors can take the self-guided Titanic Experience tours within the walls of Titanic Belfast, which uncovers the sights, sounds, smells, and stories of the ship, as well as the people and city that made her.

Visitors take the Discovery Tour at Titanic Belfast. Photo: Donal Moloney, Tourism Ireland.

The outdoor Discovery Tour reveals the hidden symbolism of the iconic building as visitors walk in the footsteps of the designers and shipbuilders who brought it all to life

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Attractions to See in the Titanic Quarter

Titanic Belfast is the centerpiece of the Titanic Quarter, a popular destination located within the city’s Maritime Mile.

a large dry dock for ships Belfast's Titanic
The Thompson Dry Dock. Photo: Tourism Northern Ireland.

Attractions within the Mile include the vast Thompson Dry Dock, the ‘footprint’ of the Titanic and the place where the ship last sat on dry land; a public art trail called The Glass of Thrones Trail, a series of six stained-glass installations that celebrate the Game of Thrones series; as well as the world’s last remaining White Star vessel, the SS Nomadic, located in the Hamilton Graving Dock and now fully restored and brought back to its original condition.

Self-guided or escorted walking tours, as well as cycling, tram, and boat tours of the Maritime Mile, are available.

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The Great Light on the Maritime Mile in Belfast. Photo courtesy of Tourism Ireland.

When night falls, visitors will appreciate the 130-year-old Great Light, a unique maritime heritage artifact that once served two lighthouses off the coast of Ireland.

A new whiskey distillery will open later this year in the historic Titanic Pump-House, which currently houses a visitor/interpretive center and café, as well as meeting rooms and event space.

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The Titanic Dock Pumphouse is where the new Titanic Distillery will be located. Photo: Tourism Ireland.

Whiskey lovers should look out for the new Titanic Distillers due to open later this year.

If you’re looking for accommodation in Belfast, check out this post on affordable hotels to stay in while you're exploring the city's many great attractions.

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